The son of an Athens man recently retired from the Air Force after 29 years of uniformed service.

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jan T. Beck, son of Jan Beck of Hopkins Street, Athens, retired at the highest enlisted rank, which only one percent of enlisted airmen achieve.

Beck's last assignment was at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., where he provided leadership in logistics operations, leading 400 airmen and civilians in providing fuel, vehicles and supplies management, for the Air Mobility Command.

Beck began his Air Force journey in March 1983, when he attended basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He next went to Colorado for specialty training and became an inventory management specialist. His first chance at being an enlisted leader came when he took on the noncommissioned officer in charge role in a supply squadron at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, serving there until 1989. He learned how to be a leader through various schools at bases in Texas and Louisiana.

Throughout the 90's, Beck proved his role as a leader in a variety of positions at bases in Colorado, South Dakota, Virginia and in South Korea. From 1999 to 2002, he branched out of the logistics career field to become an F-16 aircraft weapons system manager at Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.

In 2003, Beck graduated from the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy in Alabama, and earned an associate's degree from the Community College of the Air Force, in applied science and logistics management . He went on to earn a bachelor's degree of science from Wilmington University in Delaware and a master's degree of science from Webster University in Missouri.

Over the last ten years, Beck showcased his leadership and supply experience as the chief enlisted manager for expeditionary logistics readiness squadrons in the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, with the Joint Task Force Horn of Africa in Djibouti, Africa, and other areas in Southwest Asia as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. During these deployments, he made sure his team provided convoy support and all the supplies the warfighters needed to get the mission done.

Beck's military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, eight Meritorious Service Medals and five Air Force Commendation Medals. In his spare time, he was the top Air Force finisher for two marathons in Honolulu.

His wife, Nancy, is the daughter of Janice Gleockner of Waverly, N.Y. They have three children, Cherise Hug and David Beck of Anchorage, Alaska; and Senior Airman Erika Broyles of Travis Air Force Base, Calif.