Reece, James E., III, 1stSgt

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Current Service Status
USAFR Retired
Current/Last Rank
First Sergeant (E-8)
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
8F000-First Sergeant
Current/Last AFSC Group
Special Duty
Primary Unit
1997-2009, 8F000, 86th Aerial Port Squadron
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
60571A-Air Transportation Supervisor
60531-Air Cargo Specialist
60551-Air Cargo Specialist
Service Years
1970 - 2009
Official/Unofficial US Air Force Certificates
Cold War Certificate
First Sergeant (E-8)

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal First Sergeant

 Military Association Memberships
AFSA 1461Post 2573, Manley-Reece-Jones PostAir Force Together We ServedTWS Memorial Team
Air Force Memorial (AFM)Air Force TWS Advisory Group
  1996, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA), AFSA 1461 (Executive Officer) (McCord AFB, Washington) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2004, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 2573, Manley-Reece-Jones Post (Wilmington, North Carolina) - Chap. Page
  2014, Air Force Together We Served [Verified]
  2015, TWS Memorial Team [Verified]
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2017, Air Force TWS Advisory Group [Verified]

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

1970-1977 with 7.6 years Active USA, 1985 to 2009 USAFR.

James Elmo Reece III, beloved husband and devoted father, is the son of James Elmo Reece Jr, Grandson to James Elmo Reece Sr, Great Grandson to William Ervin Reece, all of Wilmngton, NC.

He is the brother of Thomas(Tom) Mark Reece, Wilmington, NC and Diane Marie Reece Boyd Wilmington, NC.

Married Charlene Kay Flowers of Tacoma, WA in 1977 and divorced in 1987. Had one daughter, Chelsie Iris Reece of Tacoma, WA in 1984. He later married Elanne Joy Bender of Soap Lake, Washington on 24 Oct 1987 and has two daughters with her, Shaunna Danette Reece and Doni Shereen Reece.  He has 6 grandsons, Jimmy Myers Reece by Chelsie Reece and Kyler Deckert, Joshua Deckert and Kori Deckert by Doni Reece and Wyatt James Baird and Jayden Baird by Shaunna Reece. 

Born in Glendale, CA, left at the age of 1, and lived the next twenty years in Wilmington, NC. Atternded St Mary's School 1954 to 1963. Graduated from NHHS in 1969 and promptly joined the Army. I got tired of walking, left the Army and joined the US Air Force, retired as a First Sergeant in 2009. Lifetime member of the VFW and the USAF Sergeants Association. I followed in the footsteps of my Father and Grandfather by working as a Firefighter and Civil Servant until my retirement in 2004. After retirement in 2004, I moved to Maui. Left Maui in June 2011 and settled in my hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina close to my only Brother and only Sister. Playing more golf and not getting any better except now I play from the Senior Tees. I go sick from Pulmonary Emboli and left Wilmington to be close to Chelsie. Living in East Wenatchee, WA now. You really "can't" go home.
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Retired from the USAFR, came off the rolls permanently Nov 1st, 2009.

Last job was No more work as of 30 Nov 2015.

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1970, OSVET (Prior Other Service Veteran), A/1
 Unit Assignments
86th Aerial Port SquadronAerial Port Units
  1985-1989, 60571A, 86th Aerial Port Squadron
  1989-1991, 60531, 75th Aerial Port Squadron
  1991-1997, 60551, 86th Aerial Port Squadron
  1997-2009, 8F000, 86th Aerial Port Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1990-1991 Gulf War (Iraq)
  1991-1991 Gulf War/Liberation and Defense of Kuwait
  1992-2003 Operation Southern Watch (Iraq)
  1993-1995 Southwest Asia Cease-Fire (Iraq)
  2001-2001 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
 Colleges Attended 
Fort Steilacoom Community CollegePierce CollegeCommunity College of the Air Force
  1981-1983, Fort Steilacoom Community College
  1983-1986, Pierce College
  2002-2003, Community College of the Air Force
 My Aircraft/Missiles
KC-135 Stratotanker  C-130 Hercules  C-141 Starlifter  KC-10 Extender  
C-9 Nightingale  C-5 Galaxy  C-17 Globemaster III  
  1985-1997, KC-135 Stratotanker
  1985-2004, C-130 Hercules
  1985-2004, C-141 Starlifter
  1985-2004, KC-10 Extender
  1985-2004, C-9 Nightingale
  1985-2004, C-5 Galaxy
  2002-2004, C-17 Globemaster III
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 06, 2012, General Photos68
  May 15, 2015, Forum Photos
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