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Rita Taylor, wife of retired Chief Master Sgt. Tim Taylor, attaches a lapel pin during his retirement ceremony at Little Rock Air Force Base on June 11. Chief Taylor retired in a room filled with family, friends and co-workers after 36 years of service to his country.

Taylor retires after
36 years of service

Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Taylor, 913th Airlift Group, Air Force Reserve, of Hoxie retired on June 11 after more than 36 years of military service.

During a retirement ceremony, Taylor, who served under six different presidential administrations, was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for the performance of outstanding service. His family was recognized for their long and continued support throughout his military career.

With chairs set up for 200, the room was full with guests standing in the back, as well.

"It was a wonderful turnout," Taylor said. "We had a lot of folks there from Memphis, Little Rock and Northeast Arkansas."

Several of his classmates from Hoxie School were in attendance.

"Most of us grew up together from kindergarten up," he said. "We rode our bikes around town. We go way back."

He also noted that many friends he has made through his military service attended, including people he served with in Germany following 9-11.

He said it was also a highlight to have Randy Myers, Col. Ret., who he served with for many years in Memphis, attend the reception.

"We go back to when he enlisted," Taylor said. "He was about six months behind me."

Taylor's military career began with the 164th Airlift Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard, Memphis, where he served for 32 years and worked in a number of specialties.

From February 1980 to January 1991, Taylor served as a C-130A aircraft electrician, deploying to Panama in support of Operation Volant Oak. From January 1991 to July 2004, he served as an electro-environmental systems specialist on a C-141B, deploying to Germany in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In July 2004, he became the superintendent of plans and scheduling for C-5A aircraft. As an additional duty, he served as the National Guard Bureau scheduler for the retirement of 52 C-5A aircraft stationed at three Air National Guard bases and one Air Force Reserve base.

In November 2012, Taylor transferred to 913 AG, Little Rock Air Force Base, where he served as Sortie Generation Flight Chief until September 2015, when he joined the Air Force Reserve Command T-56 Centralized Repair Facility. In that capacity, he served as the quality assurance representative and alternate contracting officer representative responsible for the establishment of proper government surveillance of contractor performance during the execution of government contracted services.

Taylor's service isn't limited to the military. He volunteers in his community as a founding member of the Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership Program, annually training 16 high school juniors in leadership for the past 21 years. He is also a member of the Hoxie City Council.

Taylor and his wife, Rita, have two children, Leah and Ben Williams of Bentonville and Mark and Leah Taylor of Jonesboro. They have two granddaughters, Amelia and Sophia Williams.

He said he is looking forward to more family time.

"After 36 years of being gone one weekend a month and 15 days a year, I don't have to plan around that anymore," he said.

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