LEWISTON – Master Sgt. Randy Bergeron, formerly of the Lewiston area, retired from the Air Force on Jan. 1 after serving 24 years.

He graduated from Edward Little High School in 1981 and enlisted in the Air Force. Upon completion of basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and technical training at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., he was assigned to Pease Air Force Base, N.H., as administrative clerk.

In 1984, Bergeron retrained as an historian and returned to Pease until 1986. As an historian, he collected and preserved documentation; researched, interpreted and wrote on operations; and provided advice, based on that information, to commanders.

From 1986 to 1989 Bergeron served at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.; from 1990 to 1994, at Hurlburt Field, Fla.; and from 1995 to 2001, he was an instructor at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. While there, he completed a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University.

Bergeron served from 2001 to 2004 as the senior military historian for the Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein Air Base Germany.

During his career, Bergeron had four major deployments: Saudi Arabia from September 1990 to March 1991, covering Air Force special operations activities in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm; Saudi Arabia from August to December 1994 in support of Operations Southern Watch and Vigilant Warrior; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, from December 2001 to February 2002 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; and Bashur, Iraq, in March and April 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Medals include Meritorious Service, Air Force Commendation, Air Force Achievement, Southwest-Asia Service, Kuwait Liberation from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait Liberation from Government of Kuwait.

Although he retired on Jan. 1, a retirement ceremony was held in October at the Air Force Museum, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Bergeron is the son of Richard Bergeron of Lewiston and Marie Bergeron of Lisbon.

He married the former Loralyn Strayer of Bangor in 1984 and they have two children, Jason and Hannah. Bergeron will work in civil service in Germany.

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