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178th Civil Engineering Commander retires - recognized for meritorious service

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  • By Airman First Class Rachel Simones
  • 178th Public Affairs
Lt. Col. Matthew Craig, the 178th Wing Civil Engineer Squadron commander, retired from the Ohio Air National Guard at Springfield Air National Guard Base, March 5.

"Lt. Col. Craig has the rare and valuable leadership quality of putting people first," said Master Sgt. Timothy Hughes, an emergency management craftsman with the 178th CES.

Craig enlisted in the Air Force in 1992 as an engineering assistant. In 1998, he received his commission after earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

"I became an officer to influence and to help people," said Craig. He attributed his previous leadership as motivation to make a positive impact on Airmen.

Col. Rebecca O'Connor, the 178th Intelligence Group commander, was the commentator for the retirement ceremony. She presented Craig with the Award of Meritorious Service Medal and the Certificate of Retirement.

"If you walk around this base, you will see Matt Craig's work," O'Connor said.

During his time as commander, Craig worked on several major construction projects to ensure base facilities met the needs of the 178th Wing's mission change.

"We appreciate all the work he's put in for making this a top-notch base in the Air National Guard," she said.

Capt. Brian Marshall, the 178th deputy base civil engineer, presented Craig with the Minuteman Statue.

"The knowledge that I've gained from him has made me better at doing this job," said Marshall.

Marshall stated that Craig went above and beyond to be a support system for the Airmen under his leadership.

Col. Bryan Davis, the 178th Wing commander, attended the ceremony and thanked Craig for his accomplishments during his time with the 178th.

"The facilities we have here are unmatched," said Davis. "These buildings are a testament to CE, in particular your leadership."

Craig thanked the 178th CES for their commitment to their work, and he thanked his family for their continued support.

"There are so many different reasons why we join, but we stay for the people," said Craig.