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Mighty Eighth bids Chief Boling farewell

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  • By By Senior Airman Luke Hill
  • 8th Air Force Public Affairs

Chief Master Sgt. Alan G. Boling, former 8th Air Force command chief and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center (J-GSOC) senior enlisted leader, retired from active duty Dec. 18, 2018. Chief Boling served as command chief for the Mighty Eighth since July of 2016.


"The Mighty Eighth and the J-GSOC have greatly benefited from Chief Boling's knowledge and experience,” said Maj. Gen. James Dawkins, Jr., 8th Air Force and J-GSOC commander. “He has been a valued asset to our organization, and while we are sad to see him go, we wish him and his family the best as they begin a new chapter in their lives."


Boling, who served in the Air Force for just under 30 years, said that he always planned to serve as long as he could. This was driven by his love for this country and love for the military.


“Believing in and loving what you do makes work easy and life fulfilling. On the tough days we have the greatest people in the world around us to get us through it,” said Boling.


Boling also shared some wisdom that helped him be successful thorough his extensive career.


“Fight hard to succeed in everything you do, never give up! Think of your country, the Air Force, your fellow Airmen first and yourself last. You will go further than you ever thought possible, and in the end, have a career you are proud of,” said Boling.


Boling also commented on what it was like to be a part of the historic Mighty Eighth.


“It was an incredible opportunity to serve in a unit that was key to starting the Air Force and contributed so much to our nation’s defense,” said the retired chief. “The history and people of the Mighty Eighth inspired me every day I was the command chief.”


Boling’s final thoughts before moving on to the next stage in his life was to show appreciation for all the Airmen at 8th Air Force and to show his support.


“It has been an honor to serve with the Airmen of the Mighty Eighth! May the Lord guard and guide each of you. Best wishes to all of you!”