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Unlocking a new adventure after 37 years of service

George Kelly, vehicle maintenance manager, poses with Carrie Gernhardt, project manager for Maytag Aircraft Corporation, as he receives an engraved clock at the Pittsburgh International Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, July 26, 2016. Between his service in the Army and his work as a contractor, Kelly has worked with the U.S. government for 51 years. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo by Ashley Podrasky)

George Kelly, vehicle maintenance manager, poses with Carrie Gernhardt, project manager for Maytag Aircraft Corporation, as he receives an engraved clock at the Pittsburgh International Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, July 26, 2016. Between his service in the Army and his work as a contractor, Kelly has worked with the U.S. government for 51 years. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo by Ashley Podrasky)

George Kelly, vehicle maintenance manager, stands with friends during his retirement party at the Pittsburgh International Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, July 26, 2016. Kelly’s future plans include relaxing and traveling the country. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo by Ashley Podrasky)

George Kelly, vehicle maintenance manager, stands with friends during his retirement party at the Pittsburgh International Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, July 26, 2016. Kelly’s future plans include relaxing and traveling the country. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo by Ashley Podrasky)

George Kelly, vehicle maintenance manager, receives his retirement gift from Carrie Gernhardt, project manager for Maytag Aircraft Corporation, at the Pittsburgh International Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, July 26, 2016. Kelly is retiring after 37 years at the 911th Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo by Ashley Podrasky)

George Kelly, vehicle maintenance manager, receives his retirement gift from Carrie Gernhardt, project manager for Maytag Aircraft Corporation, at the Pittsburgh International Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, July 26, 2016. Kelly is retiring after 37 years at the 911th Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo by Ashley Podrasky)

PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AIR RESERVE STATION, Pa. --

After providing 37 years of service at the 911th Airlift Wing, George Kelly, vehicle maintenance manager for Maytag Aircraft Corporation, effectively retires Friday July 29, 2016. 


Kelly joined the Army Reserve in June 1965 as an equipment mechanic. In November 1979, he started his civilian career at the 911th as a mechanic. Although he completed his Army Reserve service in March 1992, his government service continued at the 911th. In 2001, he transferred to contracting and worked as a vehicle operator for his first year before assuming his current role as a vehicle maintenance manager for Santa Barbara Applied Research. He worked for them for 3 1/2 years before being employed with Maytag, with whom he will finish out his career. 


Since the beginning of his career at the 911th, when C-123K aircraft flew in the Pittsburgh skies, Kelly said his time at the 911th has always brought new challenges.


“I feel like it’s time to hang it up and let somebody else have the fun,” said Kelly.


He may be hanging up the keys for the last time, but Kelly has unlocked a new adventure just around the corner. His future plans include relaxing and traveling the country.