Senior Master Sgt. Kancilia retires after 20 years of Air Force service

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  • By Senior Airman William Downs
  • 301st Fighter Wing

The retirement ceremony of 301st Fighter Wing Financial Management Flight Chief Senior Master Sgt. Tia M. Kancilia occurred at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas on March 5, 2022.

Kancilia is set to retire in June 2022, after 20 years of military service and will continue to serve the wing as a resource advisor in a civilian capacity.

“Seeing my fellow airmen in uniform once a month is what I'll miss most,” said Kancilia. “As for my ceremony itself, I am thankful for all my family and friends in attendance to share in the closing of this chapter in my life.”

Maj. William Miller, 301st Fighter Wing Financial Management Comptroller, was the presiding official and made note of Kancilia’s career highlights.

“Kancilia joined the Air Force in 2000 through the Delayed Entry Program, where she went directly into financial management on active duty,” said Miller. “For one year, she joined the Colorado Air Guard before going on IRR for two years. She then reenlisted into the Air Force Reserve in 2007, and shortly thereafter joined the 301 FW, where she has been ever since.”

Kancilia has served in a variety of career fields within her service with the 301st Fighter Wing. Some career fields include financial management, recruiting, and training management as an Air Reserve Technician.

“I’ll definitely miss being a part of something bigger than myself,” said Kancilia. “I have enjoyed watching airmen grow throughout their career as I have become a SNCO, but I am looking forward to continuing my service in another way and making a positive impact where I can.”  

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