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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The logistics group commander for the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing faces mandatory retirement next month after more than 19 years at the base.
Col. James M. Reuss, 57, of Meadow Spring Farm, will end a career of 38 years in the military.
The Ohio native said he wants to continue working in civil service with the government or in private industry.
Reuss supervises 274 guard members, including approximately 175 full-time employees who are in charge of maintaining the 12 C-130H cargo planes kept at the base so they're ready to fly around the world to distribute supplies.
He spent August in Germany to help get supplies to Kosovo refugees, and he made a trip to Macedonia to deliver supplies and fly Army personnel out.