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Thibault retires from Air Force

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lieutenant Colonel Thomas J. Thibault will retire from the United States Air Force on March 1 after almost 23 years of active duty service.

Lt. Col. Thibault is a 1987 graduate of Rapid River High School and a 1991 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He is the son of Bob and Ellie Thibault of Rapid River and the son-in-law of Bill Cretens, also of Rapid River.

Thibault is a command pilot with over 6000 flying hours and 93 combat missions. He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Lt. Col. Thibault currently flies the C-32A, a Boeing 757 aircraft, and serves as the chief pilot, 1st Airlift Squadron, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The 1st Airlift Squadron is primarily responsible for transporting the Vice President of the United States as well as the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and the First Lady.

The officer is married to the former Kelli Cretens of Rapid River. They reside in Virginia with their two children, Daniel and Allison.