Air Force Officer ends career by ushering in new wave of Air Force leaders

Col. Ken Backes, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Southeast Region Commander, presides over an Officer Training School Commissioned Officer Training graduation, April 28, 2017, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Today, Backes retired after serving 10 years enlisted and 30 years as an officer, totaling to 40 years in service. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)

Col. Ken Backes, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Southeast Region Commander, presides over an Officer Training School Commissioned Officer Training graduation, April 28, 2017, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Today, Backes retired after serving 10 years enlisted and 30 years as an officer, totaling to 40 years in service. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Alexa Culbert)

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. --