Yerman retires during ceremony held Jan. 26

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VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Senior Master Sgt. Susan Yerman retired from active duty during a ceremony held Jan. 26 in the 8th Flying Training Squadron auditorium.

Yerman, the 71st Medical Operations Squadron superintendent, received the Meritorious Service Medal, first oak leaf cluster, and her retirement certificate from the 71st MDOS commander, Lt. Col. Tam Dinh.

Yerman’s husband, two children and her parents were all presented with certificates of appreciation.

A flag folding ceremony was conducted and the flag was presented to Yerman.

The five questions at retirement:

Why did you join the Air Force?
Yerman: I joined for educational opportunities and to see the world.

What's your best memory of your first assignment?
Yerman: I have lots of fond memories from what I consider my first assignment at Beale Air Force Base, California. I met my husband and had two beautiful children there. Plus, I provided operational support to U-2 (Dragon Lady, high-altitude, all-weather surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft) pilots for over 10 years. 

What are three reasons you would recommend the Air Force as a career?
Yerman: I am grateful for the opportunities the Air Force has provided me. My top three would be healthcare, education and travel.

What advice would you give an airman or lieutenant just starting their Air Force career?
Yerman: To have a good wingman and be a good wingman. Stay out of trouble, pursue your educational goals and have fun.

What is the biggest change you've witnessed in the Air Force?
Yerman: Too much to list. I would say the biggest is the blended retirement system.