MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky native who flew presidents across the world and even to state funerals has retired from active duty.
The Middlesboro Daily News reports that Master Sgt. Michael W. King of Middlesboro has hung up his wings after 20 years in the Air Force and eight as Air Force One Crew Chief.
King joined the Air Force in 1990 and, as his third assignment, became Air Force One Crew Chief to the Presidential Logistics Squadron, Presidential Airlift Group, 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in 2002.
King was assigned to the primary launch crew for three no-notice trips of Presidents Bush and Obama on trips to Iraq and Afghanistan.
He also provided professional military ceremonies for the transportation of the caskets of late Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald R. Ford.