Former Air Force ROTC commander retires, honored at ceremony


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (September 9, 2013) — The Air Force ROTC celebrated the tenure and retirement of Lt. Col. Kelly J. Primus Friday at the Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Museum. In a small ceremony attended by her family, cadets, cadre members, university staff and Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon, Kelly’s career and personal character were celebrated.


Col. Sherry Stearns-Boles, Deputy Commander, Headquarters, Air Force ROTC, served as the officiating officer for the ceremony. Stearns-Boles said that Primus was successful in her career because she embodied the core principles of the United States Air Force — “Integrity, service before self, and excellence in all we do.”


“You are a hero,” Stearns-Boles said to Primus. “Heroes are people who make a difference in the lives of people every day,” 


Primus entered the Air Force in 1990 as a missile launch officer, where she received the Operations Missile Badge. She was commander of the Tuskegee University Air Force ROTC from March 2009 to June 2013. Her retirement from the U.S. Air Force is effective Oct. 1. Dex McCain, former squadron commander of the 22nd Training Support Squadron at Maxwell Air Force Base, will now serve as the Air Force ROTC commander.


During the ceremony, Primus was presented with several honors including a United States flag and certificate of appreciation from President Barack Obama.


“I feel good about retiring because I know the Air Force is going to be in good hands,” Primus said to the cadets in the audience. “I wish you all the luck. Keep the legacy going.”

 From the left: Lt. Cpl Dex McCain, new commander of Tuskegee University Air Force ROTC; Sherry Stearnes-Boles, officiating officer; Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon; Lt. Col Kelly Primus.


Awards and honor presented to Primus.

Lt. Col. Primus presented with shadow box.

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