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388th FW, Air Force, bid farewell to two retiring leaders

A photo of a retirement ceremony.

Col. Micheal Ebner, former 388th Fighter Wing vice commander, recently retired during a ceremony at Hill Air Force Base. He completed his final flight in an F-35A Lightning II directly before the ceremony. (Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

A photo of a retirement ceremony.

Col. Michael Miles, former 388th Maintenance Group commander, recently retired during a ceremony at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Miles had been the maintenance group commander since 2016. (Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

A photo of a retirement ceremony.

Col. Michael Miles, right, receives an American flag, from Lt. Col. Casey Crabill, that was passed through the ranks during his retirement ceremony here recently. (Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

A photo of a retirement ceremony.

Col. Michael Ebner, former vice commander of the 388th Fighter Wing, speaks during his retirement ceremony at Hill Air Force Base recently. Col. Ebner had been the vice commander since 2018.

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The 388th Fighter Wing recently bid farewell to vice commander, Col. Michael Ebner, and maintenance group commander, Col. Michael Miles, as both completed their Air Force careers and retired. The ceremonies, with reduced capacity crowds, were held in Hangar 37 with social distancing and hygiene protocols in place. Ebner had been the vice commander since 2018, and Miles had been the maintenance group commander since 2016. Both were near-decade-long veterans of the Air Force's F-35A Lightning II program and integral in the wing's stand-up milestones and first combat deployments.