The F-16 Whisperer: Legend retires after nearly 40 years of service

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Alois Schmitz, 52nd Component Maintenance Squadron fuels systems repair shop, listens during his retirement ceremony Aug. 17 here to coworkers speak about his near four-decade career. Schmitz, after having donned a custom Airman Battle Uniform blouse, took the podium and thanked the more than 100 Airmen, family and friends who had attended the ceremony. The name tag on the uniform reads “Cobra Schmitz,” which was Schmitz’ unofficial radio call sign. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released)

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