U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Zimmerman of 39th Rescue Squadron Retires After 39 Years

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Zimmerman has been a part of the rescue mission since the devastation of Hurricane Andrew

Thursday was the last day for Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Zimmerman, 39th Rescue Squadron Airborne Mission System Specialist, to wear the uniform as he transitions into the retiree world. (920th Rescue Wing image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, FLORIDA – Thursday was the last day for Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Zimmerman, 39th Rescue Squadron Airborne Mission System Specialist, to wear the uniform as he transitions into the retiree world.

“I joined the Air Force on September 18, 1980, and didn’t realize it was the Air Force’s 33rd birthday that day,” he said.

“This year, the Air Force will be celebrating its 73rd birthday. I’ve been in [the Air Force] for more than half its life.”

A career that began as an integrated avionics Airmen for the F-15 at Holloman, Air Force Base, New Mexico finds it’s ending here at Patrick AFB, Fla.

Zimmerman has been a part of the rescue mission since the devastation of Hurricane Andrew which moved the unit to Patrick AFB in 1993.

“I joined the 301st here at Patrick shortly after they came here following the devastation of Hurricane Andrew of Homestead AFB,” he said.

“I became an Airborne Mission System Specialist in 1995 when the 301st was the whole unit, when we became the 39th and have worked out of the same building until retirement today.”

Zimmerman became an Air Reserve Technician on January 2, 2012, after finishing a 26-year career with the Space Shuttle at Kennedy Space Center as Orbiter Atlantis Mid Body Electrical lead.

We wish you well in retirement and thank you for your dedicated service through the years.

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