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Chief master sergeant retires with 24 years of service

Chief Master Sgt. Mike Yuille, budget officer for the 139th Finance Office, stands next to his shadow box during his retirement ceremony March 5, 2013, at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base. (Missouri Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Crane)

Chief Master Sgt. Mike Yuille, budget officer for the 139th Finance Office, stands next to his shadow box during his retirement ceremony March 5, 2013, at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base. (Missouri Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Crane)

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- During his retirement ceremony Chief Master Sgt. Mike Yuille faces the crowd, renders a salute, and says, "I sincerely thank all of you from the bottom of my heart."

After 24 years with the Missouri Air National Guard Yuille, 139th Airlift Budget Officer, is retiring this month.

"It hasn't sunk in yet," says Yuille, but he will be staying on as the full time Budget Officer, which will make the transition a little easier.

Still, he says when the official retirement date of March 28th comes and he hangs his uniform up for good, it will become a reality.

Yuille started his career with the 139th Airlift Wing on March 24th, 1989 as a traditional Airman before transitioning to a full time guard member in May of 1992.

"His meteoric rise to Chief is notable. He is always in demand both locally and at the state level. That in itself is an incredible tribute," says Lt.Col. James Treu, Chief Yuille's Finance Commander.

Yuille has served as an information management specialist, accountant, lead accounting technician, budget analyst, and budget officer. He also served as the state human resources adviser under Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Brigadier General (Ret.) Stephen Cotter.

"Mike is a tremendous human being. If you want to get something done, get the Chiefs out there," Cotter said.

During his retirement ceremony Yuille received a large shadow box filled with memorabilia from his career as well as a signed letter of appreciation from President Barack Obama.

Additionally, Yuille lead the Combined Federal Campaign for the 139th and served as a member of the Honor Guard. He encourages commanders and chiefs to motivate Airmen to get involved outside of their career fields.

"This is a great day, but a sad day. Mike truly represents the Air Force Core Values. He is the epitome of a Chief." Said Col. Ralph Schwader, 139th Airlift Wing Vice Commander.