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182nd fire chief retires, names new department leader

Col. Reid gives Chief Otto his retirement certificate.

U.S. Air Force Col. Cory Reid, left, the commander of the 182nd Mission Support Group, Illinois Air National Guard, presents Chief Master Sgt. Clifford Otto, a fire protection chief with the 182nd Civil Engineer Squadron, the certificate of retirement at his retirement ceremony in Peoria, Ill., March 1, 2019. Otto is responsible for managing emergency services for Peoria’s Air National Guard, Army National Guard, and international airport facilities. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

Chief Otto presents his flag to his wife.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Clifford Otto, a fire protection chief with the 182nd Civil Engineer Squadron, transfers his retirement flag to his spouse at his retirement ceremony in Peoria, Ill., March 1, 2019. Otto is responsible for managing emergency services for Peoria’s Air National Guard, Army National Guard, and international airport facilities. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

Chief Otto speaks about his children.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Clifford Otto, a fire protection chief with the 182nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Illinois Air National Guard, acknowledges his children’s sacrifices during his military service at his retirement ceremony in Peoria, Ill., March 1, 2019. Otto is responsible for managing emergency services for Peoria’s Air National Guard, Army National Guard, and international airport facilities. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

Chief Otto receives his retirement flag.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Clifford Otto, right, a fire protection chief with the 182nd Civil Engineer Squadron, receives his retirement flag at his retirement ceremony in Peoria, Ill., March 1, 2019. Otto is responsible for managing emergency services for Peoria’s Air National Guard, Army National Guard, and international airport facilities. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

Col. Reid speaks at retirement ceremony.

U.S. Air Force Col. Cory Reid, the commander of the 182nd Mission Support Group, Illinois Air National Guard, Illinois Air National Guard, speaks at the retirement ceremony of Chief Master Sgt. Clifford Otto in Peoria, Ill., March 1, 2019. Otto, a fire protection chief with the 182nd Civil Engineer Squadron, is responsible for managing emergency services for Peoria’s Air National Guard, Army National Guard, and international airport facilities. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

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