Air Force master sergeant to retire Nov. 30

Kent Tullis, who has served in the U.S. Air Force since November 1997, will retire as a master sergeant on Nov. 30.

During his 22-year career, Master Sgt. Tullis served as an aerospace medical technician at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska; Whiteman in Missouri; Incirlik Air Base in Turkey; RAF Mildenall and RAF Lakenheath, both in the United Kingdom; and Hurlburt Field in Florida. He deployed to Balad, Iraq, in 2006 and Oman in 2013. He also provided humanitarian relief in Haiti in 2005 and Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2012.

Some of his accolades include selection to serve as a lead medic in Vice President Dick Cheney’s motorcade on his visit to Whiteman Air Force Base in 2007. He was selected again to represent Whiteman and met with President George W. Bush at the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2008. He was recognized by the Omani minister of finance for his diplomatic and medical operation support in 2013. Further, he has received two Air Force Medals of Commendation and two Air Force Meritorious Service Medals for his outstanding service, earned two degrees from the Community College of the Air Force and a master’s degree in health care management from Touro University International in 2003.

Tullis and his wife, Dayna (Murphy) Tullis, are Pittsburg State University graduates and they have two children, Isaac, 20, and Olivia, 16, all of Navarre, Florida.

Tullis is the son of Kenneth and Sarah Tullis of Parsons and the son-in-law of Don and Donna (Kingsbury) Murphy of Wichita.

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