Tomorrow, Col. Rhonda Hodges Braudis will retire from the United States Air Force after 38 years of service.
It was 1972, following her high school graduation, when Rhonda Hodges decided that joining the Air Force was her best choice for paying for a college education.
What she couldn’t fully appreciate at the time was that her Air Force life would take her around the globe many times and that she would have memories and stores attached to each journey.
Rhonda Hodges, now Braudis, has four decades worth of Air Force memories including once doubling as a flight attendant and also sitting in the back of a bus in Saudi Arabia, because she is a woman.
Braudis is one of some 800 female colonels actively serving in the Air Force, Reserve and National Guard.
Braudis and her husband Russ, a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, will remain residents in the greater Fort Worth area.
The Wichita Eagle writes of Braudis:
She’ll be stepping down as the deputy director for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for the Air Force Reserve Command’s headquarters in Georgia.
But Braudis will stay busy volunteering for a nonprofit that helps the local animal shelter and is considering taking her efforts to the state level.
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