SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Pat Smith watches as members of the U.S. Transportation Command Color Guard perform a flag folding ceremony June 1 during Smith’s retirement ceremony. Smith ended a career of more than 50 years in federal service.
Born in Lorain, Ohio, Smith moved to Belleville, Ill. in January 1958 and began her federal career at the Air Weather Service on Scott Air Force Base. She left for a non-government job in 1979, but returned in 1982 to work for the U.S. Army’s Troop Support Command/Logistics in St. Louis and then for the Military Airlift Command.
She officially retires June 29 from a position she has held since June 1994 as secretary of the U.S. Transportation Command’s Intelligence directorate.
“You don’t think about it day-to-day, but there’s a lot of important stuff going on around here and you’re part of it,” Smith said, “a meager part, but a part. And I’m really proud of it. I love my country.”
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Peg Nigra, U.S. Transportation Command staff historian, was reminded of the meaning of Memorial Day recently when she talked to a woman handing out poppies made by veterans at the local food store the other day.
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