News release from the U.S. Airforce - Combat Readiness Training Center:
After 41 Years of Dedicated Service, Senior Master Sergeant Frank King III is Retiring
Senior Master Sergeant Frank King III is retiring after 41 years of dedicated service in the US Air Force and Georgia Air National Guard. SMSgt King closes his storied career serving as the Operations Group Superintendent of the Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC), Savannah's unique joint training facility, and an element of the Georgia Air National Guard, headquartered at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport.
A Savannah native and graduate of Tompkins High School in 1971, SMSgt King initially enlisted in the Air Force in 1972. He was assigned to Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi as an Air Operations Specialist in Squadron Operations in the Publications Bookstore. To put this into perspective; President Richard Nixon was running for re-election to his second term and the Vietnam War made military service very unpopular.
As the Vietnam War came to a close the Air Force went through staff reductions in 1973 and 1974, then Senior Airman King elected to continue his service by joining the Georgia Air National Guard. Initially he joined the 116th Fighter Wing, then headquartered in Marietta, GA but soon thereafter transferred home to Savannah, joining the 165th Airlift Wing. In 1987, he found a home in the Combat Readiness Training Center, serving in ever increasing levels of responsibility within the unit until being named the Superintendent of the Operations Group in 2008 where he now successfully completes a military career spanning 41 years.