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NEWS | June 9, 2015

315th MSG commander retires after 33 years

By Staff Sgt. Bobby Pilch 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Friends, family and fellow Airmen gathered at the Base Theatre June 7, 2015 to celebrate the long career and retirement of Col. James B. Hurley, commander, 315th Mission Support Group, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.

During Hurley's 33-year career, he served with the active duty Air Force then transitioned to the Air Force Reserve, dedicating his accomplishments and highlights to those who he had the pleasure of serving alongside and fellow leaders he deemed as mentors.

"I really don't like talking about myself ... I like talking about the people that I represent and your accomplishments," said Hurley as he humbly addressed the crowd. "That really has been the real thing that has sustained me over the last 33 years of my career and being associated with people who are just above and beyond - just outstanding people, people who love what their doing, do it well and do it at 150 percent every day.  If I happen to be a part of that mix, good for me, but it's not about me."

Hurley's words were echoed by Brig. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, director of Air Force Reserve Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., who was the guest speaker for the day's ceremony and gave Hurley his farewell.

"What makes a leader great?" stated Ogden as he referenced the book "Good to Great" by Jim Collins. "One is incredible humility and the other is a ferocious passion for what you're doing and Jim, you have both of those things. Your humility is shown throughout and giving credit and mentoring to others  - it speaks to who you are."

Hurley donned the Air Force uniform for the last time but will go on to serve in a civilian capacity with the 628th Air Base Wing Mission Support Group here and instructed anyone who needs support, mentoring or simply to talk about their career path to seek him out.

"I will continue to be member of the Air Force and Team," said Hurley. "If you need anything, help with something or mentoring, please call, email or send me a text. I am here for you."