Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - The Central High School auditorium was packed today for the retirement ceremony of Brigadier General Harold Reed. Many of Reed's current airmen, family, and friends were all in attendance today. Reed joined the Air Force in 1974 upon his graduation from the Air Force Academy.
He rose through the ranks, often being commended by his superior officers as having exceptional work ethic and outstanding creative energy. He was promoted to colonel in 1994, and 15 years later in 2009 to the rank of Brigadier General. Since that time he's served as Deputy Adjutant General for the Wyoming Air National Guard and Dual-Hatted as Assistant to the Commander for the 18th Air Force at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
General Reed moved to Wyoming in 1980, and has served here as a Line Navigator, Chief Navigator, Vice Wing Commander as well as Wing Commander before he was promoted to general and took the post of Deputy Adjutant General. He's spent most of his career in navigation and has earned the rating of Master Navigator logging more than 9,000 flight hours as well as over 200 combat flight hours.
He says that he'll enjoy his retirement and will continue to fly as well as do a little hunting, but no golf. He says that he's invited to golf for comic relief more than anything else.