A Retirement Ceremony was held on Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB), California for Newton Falls, Ohio native MSgt John H. Shade. MSgt Shade is the son of Eleanor Shade of Newton Falls and the late Harry Lee Shade. MSgt Shade’s 24 year career began shortly after graduating from Newton Falls High School in 1988. He attended basic training at Lackland AFB and technical training at Goodfellow AFB, and then went to his First Duty Station at Royal Air Force Base Chicksands, England. Assignments followed to Fort Meade, Maryland; Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea; back to Goodfellow AFB, Texas and finally to Vandenberg AFB. In his tenure in the Air Force, Master Sergeant Shade was an Intelligence Analyst and an Instructor in his career field, and finished the last four years as a First Sergeant. He deployed to the countries of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan during his career. His last unit of assignment was with the 30th Security Forces Squadron, where he took care of the morale, health and welfare and advised the Commander on discipline and various issues for the over 560 assigned personnel and their families. At the retirement ceremony MSgt Shade received Meritorious Service Medal, third oak leaf cluster, as well as many certificates and letters of appreciation from the President of the United States, and Governor of the Ohio, amongst many others.

Submitted by Cyndi Hogue