After 26 years of service in the US Air Force, my dad retired. I guess it was just that time. He retired here in DC at the pentagon as a Colonel.
flew hh-3's-> original jolly greens
flew KC-10's -> 4500 flight hours
Earned bronze star and legion of merit among others. I have to say that I am proud of him.
On a side note, living as a retiree dependent is a little different than the usual. Him going to work in a suit is rather interesting.