Cruising Into Retirement

Brig. Gen. Richard Moss pins Ann Kranz, at her retirement ceremony in June. Mrs. Kranz completed 36 years of federal service, of which 19 were served with the 403rd Wing. Family and friends joined her at Vrazels restaurant to celebrate and show appreciation for her hard work and dedication. She was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award by General Moss and received a letter of appreciation from the Department of the Air Force signed by President George W. Bush. This marks the end of a more than remarkable career. Mrs. Kranz began her federal service career at the Keesler Commissary in 1971 and quickly excelled leading to several promotions at 81st Medical Center and other agencies on the base. She first worked for the 403rd Tactical Airlift Wing as a budget analyst in 1991 and left the Wing for two years from 1998-2000 to serve at Headquarters, Pacific Air Force, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Since returning, she spent her last seven years with the 403rd as the Financial Analysis Officer where she held great responsibilities. "I?ve kept a job since I got out of high school and never really had quality time. Now, I get to spend time with my family and visit with friends for lunch with no worries about limited time," said Mrs. Kranz. "I?ve always enjoyed reading and I?ve been able to just kick back and read book." She and her husband, Michael, are currently gearing up for a cruise on the Queen Mary II. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Tabitha Spinks)

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