October 6, 2015 - Jackie Kirkwood retired from the Air Force Reserves on Saturday, September 12, 2015 after 28 years 3 months and 17 days of service. He retired as a Master Sergeant, Chaplain Assistant for the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.
Kirkwood of Tenaha, Texas is the principal for the Shelby County Alternative Educational Cooperative which represents seven school districts in Shelby and San Augustine counties. He is a helps with the GriefShare program hosted by First Baptist Church of Tenaha.
He was selected as the chaplain assistant of the year for 2012 and received the Air Force Achievement medal in 2013 and the Air Force Commendation medal in 2014 for his dedication and service to the chaplain candidate program. He has served as a flight non-commissioned officer and the superintendent for the chaplain candidate training program.
Editor's note: Thank you for your years of service to our Country and congratulations on your retirement!