GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE - The commander of the 434th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom Air Reserve Base has retired. Col. Doug Schwartz had led the Air Force Reserve command's largest aerial refueling unit since 2014 and steps down after 35 years of service.

A graduate of Purdue University, Schwartz served in many positions during his military career, including flying B-52 bombers. Schwartz is a command pilot with more than 4,200 flight hours.

"Coming to Grissom truly was coming home," said Schwartz. "I’ve been fortunate enough to serve in many locations with many outstanding people around the world, but this is home, and I’m happy that I could complete my journey here."

Schwartz took his final flight Friday before his retirement. He said he plans to spend his retirement with his wife, Ann, and exploring any available opportunities, along with "catching up on sleep."