Chief Master Sgt. Bobbie Fillbrandt retires

U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, and Col. Jeffrey Sorrell, 17th TRW vice commander, present Chief Master Sgt. Bobbie Fillbrandt with a shadow box from the wing in celebration of her retirement at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. The shadow box, designed in the shape of chief’s stripes, included symbols of all the ranks in the U.S. Air Force, a folded flag and other various memorabilia from Fillbrandt’s career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, and Col. Jeffrey Sorrell, 17th TRW vice commander, present Chief Master Sgt. Bobbie Fillbrandt with a shadow box from the wing in celebration of her retirement at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. The shadow box, designed in the shape of chief’s stripes, included symbols of all the ranks in the U.S. Air Force, a folded flag and other various memorabilia from Fillbrandt’s career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Matthew Molloy, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center commander, pins the Legion of Merit Medal onto Chief Master Sgt. Bobbie Fillbrandt during her retirement ceremony at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. The Legion of Merit is an award given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Matthew Molloy, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center commander, pins the Legion of Merit Medal onto Chief Master Sgt. Bobbie Fillbrandt during her retirement ceremony at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. The Legion of Merit is an award given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Matthew Molloy, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center commander, presents Chief Master Sgt. Bobbie Fillbrandt with a certificate of appreciation during her retirement ceremony at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. The certificate presented was on behalf of President Donald Trump, expressing congratulations and thanks for all her service leading up to retirement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Matthew Molloy, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center commander, presents Chief Master Sgt. Bobbie Fillbrandt with a certificate of appreciation during her retirement ceremony at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. The certificate presented was on behalf of President Donald Trump, expressing congratulations and thanks for all her service leading up to retirement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Matthew Molloy, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center commander, presents U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class David Fillbrandt, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion platoon sergeant, with a certificate of appreciation at U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Bobbie Fillbrandt’s retirement ceremony in the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. This certificate is presented to spouses of military members retiring to show the Air Force’s appreciation of their support throughout the military member’s career.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Matthew Molloy, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center commander, presents U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class David Fillbrandt, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion platoon sergeant, with a certificate of appreciation at U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Bobbie Fillbrandt’s retirement ceremony in the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. This certificate is presented to spouses of military members retiring to show the Air Force’s appreciation of their support throughout the military member’s career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class David Fillbrandt, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion platoon sergeant, places the retirement pin on his wife, U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Bobbie Fillbrandt, during her retirement ceremony at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. This retirement pin commemorates Fillbrandt’s service in the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class David Fillbrandt, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion platoon sergeant, places the retirement pin on his wife, U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Bobbie Fillbrandt, during her retirement ceremony at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2018. This retirement pin commemorates Fillbrandt’s service in the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

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After 23 years of service Chief Master Sgt. Bobbie Fillbrandt, 17th Training Wing command chief master sergeant, retired at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10.

“At times such as retirements, it is good to reflect on excellence of service,” said Maj. Gen. Matthew Molloy, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center commander. “Because it is an example and inspiration to the next generation of Airmen.”

The Command Chief Master Sergeant leads the wing’s enlisted force and serves as the personal advisor to the wing commander on all situations regarding training, readiness, effective utilization and career progression of Airmen.

“Family is an integral part of amazing Airmen,” said Molloy. “Without the support from family, Airmen couldn’t do the great things that they do.”

Fillbrandt joined the Air Force in 1995, completing technical training as a diet therapist. She later re-trained into the Information Management and Knowledge Operations Management career field. Prior to assuming her position at Goodfellow, she served as the Chief Enlisted Manager, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.

“The Air Force is a family, this is family business,” said Molloy. “We may have all joined for different reasons, but once we have joined, we all join in the same service.”

Fillbrandt will be following her husband, Sgt. 1st Class David Fillbrandt, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion platoon sergeant, on the next chapter of his career with the U.S. Army.

“I just want to thank everyone for attending,” said Chief Master Sgt. Fillbrandt. “Most of all, thank you to my family for your support throughout my career. I can’t wait to see what is next for our journey.”