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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 279-99
June 04, 1999

FINCH NAMED NEXT CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT OF THE AIR FORCE

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael E. Ryan has named Chief Master Sgt. Frederick J. "Jim" Finch to serve as the 13th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. Finch is currently the command chief master sergeant for Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va.

Finch will replace Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Eric W. Benken, who will retire July 30 after more than 29 years of service to the Air Force and the nation.