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Monday, May 17, 2010

Lorenz retiring

Gen. Stephen Lorenz, commander of Air Education and Training Command, is retiring.

Before pinning on his fourth star and taking the reins at AETC in Texas, Lorenz was commander of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base.

The 1973 Air Force Academy graduate has served for 37 years and spent most of his career as a tanker pilot.

Lorenz lead Air University through a massive reorganization with Lt. Gen. Allen Peck as his vice commander. Peck now commands Air University.

Lorenz will be succeeded by Lt. Gen. Edward Rice Jr., who has been nominated for a fourth star and currently commands U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force at Yaktoa Air Base in Japan.

Rice graduated from the Air Force Academy five years after Lorenz and spent most of his flying career as a bomber pilot.


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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 

As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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