Chief Fong Retires After 31 Years

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  • By Staff Sgt. Duane Morgan
  • 174th Attack Wing

Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Syracuse, NY -- On December 5, 2021, Hancock Field said goodbye to Chief Master Sergeant Bruce Fong during a retirement ceremony held here.

Fong went to Air Force basic training in July of 1980 and after completing basic training, went on to Sheppard Air Force Base to attend Air Cargo Specialist school.

His very first duty assignment was at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. There he would be assigned to the 603rd Military Airlift Support Squadron. He worked in the ramp services section where he was responsible for the on/off
loading of cargo on military and civilian aircraft such as the Boeing 747, Lockheed Martin C5 Galaxy, C141A/B Starlifter, C130 Hercules, and the McDonnell Douglas C9 Nightingale, and KC10 Extender.

Two and a half years later he would join the 436th Aerial Port Squadron at Dover Air Force Base. He worked in the special handling section and was responsible for the timely and accurate inventory of critical cargo using the Aerial Port Documentation and Management System III.

After a 10
year break in service, Chief Fong joined the New York Air National Guard in February of 1996 as a Drill Status Guardsmen with the 174th Attack Wing (then known as the 174th Fighter Wing). He was assigned to the 174th Logistics Readiness Squadron as a Traffic Management Specialist.

In October 1998, Chief Fong was hired as a fulltime military technician with the 174th Communications Flight. There he held positions such as network administrator, infrastructure technician, network control center supervisor, operations superintendent and ultimately the Chief Enlisted Manager.

One of Chief Fong’s proudest moments has been serving as a Ceremonial Guardsmen with 174th Attack Wing, Base Honor Guard. During that time he participated in over 700 various details supporting both the base and community.

When asked what he’d miss the most, “the people,” Fong said. “I love the Honor Guard. That was a big part of my life. I’m going to miss the work as well. I’m going to miss it all. The 174th is a great place to work.”

With over 31 years of military service, Fong doesn’t plan on relaxing just yet. He plans on working a little bit more.

“I’d like to work for a few more years and then fully retire,” Fong said. “I know my next venture will most likely be in the IT department.”

The message he wanted to leave with the Airmen and future Airmen of Hancock Field is “aim high. Don’t set you sights low. If there is something that you really want to do, and you have a passion for it, do it, just go for it.”