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The 171st celebrates the career of Chief Master Sgt. Bruce Fromlak, 171st Security Forces Squadron. Fromlak headed the Control Cell for Detainee Missions Operations from Aril 2005 to January 2011. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt.Stacey Barkey/ Released)

The 171st celebrates the career of Chief Master Sgt. Bruce Fromlak, 171st Security Forces Squadron. Fromlak headed the Control Cell for Detainee Missions Operations from Aril 2005 to January 2011. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt.Stacey Barkey/ Released)

The 171st celebrates the career of Chief Master Sgt. Bruce Fromlak, 171st Security Forces Squadron. Fromlak headed the Control Cell for Detainee Missions Operations from Aril 2005 to January 2011. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt.Stacey Barkey/ Released)

The 171st celebrates the career of Chief Master Sgt. Bruce Fromlak, 171st Security Forces Squadron. Fromlak headed the Control Cell for Detainee Missions Operations from Aril 2005 to January 2011. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt.Stacey Barkey/ Released)

The 171st celebrates the career of Chief Master Sgt. Bruce Fromlak, 171st Security Forces Squadron. Fromlak headed the Control Cell for Detainee Missions Operations from Aril 2005 to January 2011. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt.Stacey Barkey/ Released)

The 171st celebrates the career of Chief Master Sgt. Bruce Fromlak, 171st Security Forces Squadron. Fromlak headed the Control Cell for Detainee Missions Operations from Aril 2005 to January 2011. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt.Stacey Barkey/ Released)

May 2012 -- The 171st Air Refueling Wing celebrated one of its own long time members and mentors, during the unit's drill weekend, Sunday, May 6th. Chief Master Sgt. Bruce Fromlak, Security Forces Chief for the last eight years and the Control Cell for Detainee Missions Operations from April 2005 until Jan 2011, completed over 40 no fail missions repatriating 220 detainees to over 40 countries. This is a unique position - one of a kind throughout the Air Force.

"He left the detainee movement operation light-years ahead of where he found it," said Air Mobility Command's Mike Neal, Action Officer, Detainee Movement Operations.

Fromlak's family and friends celebrated and commemorated his 33 year career with numerous gifts to include a video tribute message from retired Chief Master Sgt. Bill Bochter, 171st Security Forces Squadron, recorded from Forward Operating Base Lagman, Zabul Province, Afghanistan.

Senior Master Sgt. Doug Eggert referred to the Fromlak as "a Chief's Chief - a mentor and true leader."

Fromlak encouraged the young security forces personnel in the room to always have a positive attitude and a sense of urgency, to trust but verify. In Chief Fromlak's own words, "if not you, then who; if not now, when?"