Collier retires after 36 years of service

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  • By Staff Sgt. Curtis J. Lenz
  • 157th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

Chief Master Sgt. Matthew J. Collier retired after 36 years of service here January 6, 2018.

After enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1982, he attended Imagery and Target Intelligence Training at Lowery Air Force Base, Colorado, and was subsequently assigned to the 509th Bombardment Wing (Medium) at Pease Air Force Base, New Hampshire. He separated from active duty in 1991 and joined the New Hampshire Air National Guard in 1993.

Collier served as the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the New Hampshire ANG from 2006-2016. Most recently he served as the Geographical Information Systems Manager at Joint Force Headquarters.

During the ceremony, Collier was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptional meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the United States while assigned to Joint Force Headquarters Concord, New Hampshire from June 6, 2006 to February 14, 2018.

Collier encouraged Airmen to start the New Hampshire ANG Enlisted Council in 2007. According the Collier, the signing of the enlisted council charter was his best memory at Pease.

“Chief Eaton and I wanted to ensure that the enlisted force had an opportunity to have their voices heard and groom future leaders,” said Collier. “Giving the ability to a senior airman or staff sergeant to lead was a side benefit.”

Collier reminisced about his time in service and the importance of the uniform.

 “As you look back, you become very proud of the uniform you wear day in and day out,” he said. “Be proud of this uniform, be proud of the team you’re on, and be proud of things you do because there is none finer.”

He added, “You realize this uniform is not an entitlement or a right but a privilege”   

Collier praised the men and women of the New Hampshire National Guard.

“I’ve had an opportunity to see many states around the country and you’re the top of the class but that’s hard to beat,” he said. “It sets a bar high for the leadership in the organization because every day we walk out we know were representing the best of the best of best.”

In closing, Collier reflected on what he will miss the most.

“I’ll miss the comradery and the ability for Airman to pull together for one common cause,” said Collier.