Chief Master Sergeant Randy Bachmann Retires

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  • By Lt Col Jane Schotter
  • 138th FW/CCE
Brigadier General Michael Hepner presented an F-16 photograph to Chief Master Sergeant Randy Bachmann in honor of his 26 year Air Force career at a retirement ceremony held 28 June 2012, at Ellington Field, Houston Texas. CMSgt Bachmann served 20 of his 26 years at alert detachments. He joined the Air National Guard in North Dakota in 1989 where he earned a position as a crew chief at the 119th Fighter Group Alert Detachment-9 at Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Chief Master Sergeant Randy Bachmann was born in Perham, MN, and raised in Barnesville, MN, where he attended local schools. In February 1986, he joined the North Dakota Air National Guard and attended Basic Training at Lackland AFB, TX. He returned to North Dakota for on-the-job training in weapons release (462) working F-4D's in the back shop and became a temporary technician for just over a year.
Chief Bachmann was selected to cross train into a full time position as a Crew Chief in October 1989, and was assigned to the 119th Fighter Group Alert Detachment-1 at Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, OR and began working alert shifts as a Crew Chief and Weapons Loader on F-4D and F-16A aircraft. He was hired into the 119th Aircraft Generation Squadron as a Phase Dock technician in May 1994, were he worked until being selected as the Weapons and Support Flight Chief at the 199th Fighter Wing Alert Detachment, Langley AFB, VA., in August 1998. He was in this position on September 11, 2001, when the 119th FW alert jets were called to the Pentagon in our nation's capital. He was selected as the Chief Enlisted Manager in June 2002, for the 119th FW alert site at Langley. He was selected as the Weapons Superintendent for AFNORTH/1AF Tyndall AFB, Florida, November 2006, and finally selected to his current position as Chief Enlisted Manager of the alert detachment at Ellington Field, Houston TX., with the 138th Fighter Wing, Oklahoma Air National Guard, in February 2008.
CMSgt Bachmann culminated his career as the first Chief Enlisted Manager of the 138th FW, Det. 1, which came online February 2008. CMSgt Phi Kaase was selected as CMSgt Bachmann's replacement. He was promoted to CMSgt 1 June 2012 in Houston and will have a formal pinning July 2012 UTA.