Col. Scott M. Fox was honored with a retirement ceremony May 30 for his 27 years of distinguished service to the U.S. Air Force.

Col. Scott M. Fox was honored with a retirement ceremony May 30 for his 27 years of distinguished service to the U.S. Air Force.

The ceremony included the presentation of the Legion of Merit, reading of the Retirement Order, a flag folding ceremony, and remarks by Col. Fox and by his commanding officer Major General Jack Weinstein.

Col. Fox retired as vice commander of Twentieth Air Force (Air Force Global Strike Command) and ICBM Task Force 214 (United States Strategic Command) at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming.

The units are responsible for the nation's ICBM force, including three operational missile wings with more than 9,500 assigned personnel. As vice commander, Fox served as the designated successor and principal advisor to the commander, Twentieth Air Force. He was also director of the 100-person headquarters staff.

A 1983 graduate of Garden City High School, Fox is the son of Elaine Fox and the late Ray Fox of Garden City. He entered the Air Force in 1987 after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He graduated from Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama in 1993; earned master's degrees from the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont., in 1995 (administrative management) and from Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio in 1998 (operations research). In 2001, he graduated from Air Command & Staff College and earned a master's degree of military operational art and science at Air University, both at Maxwell AFB. He graduated from Air War College (by correspondence) in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., in 2006 and graduated from U.S. Army War College earning a master's degree of strategic studies in 2008.

His nuclear missile experience consists of operational tours in Ground Launched Cruise Missiles, as well as the Minuteman II and Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile weapon systems, including command of the 12th Missile Squadron "Red Dawgs." He also has experience in the operational test and evaluation of ICBM command and control and space launch systems, safety and operational risk management, and campaign-level operational analysis in support of theater warfighting.

Fox served on the staffs of Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command and Headquarters Air Force Space Command. In 2005, he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the deputy director of the Defense Resources Sector and senior acquisition mentor in the Office of Military Cooperation-Afghanistan. His assignments throughout his career have taken him to Arizona, Germany, Montana, California, Ohio, Washington, D.C., Alabama, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Wyoming. He is now residing in Cheyenne, Wyo.

His effective dates of promotion are as follows: Second Lieutenant, May 27, 1987; First Lieutenant, May 27, 1989; Captain, May 27, 1991; Major, Nov. 1, 1998; Lieutenant Colonel, July 1, 2003; and Colonel, Dec. 1, 2008.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Achievement Medal, Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

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