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Chief Master Sgt. Ricci's Last Flight

Master Sgt. Don Lundt, 133rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, marshals in Chief Master Sgt. Jim Ricci, 109th Airlift Squadron, last flight in St. Paul, Minn., Mar. 16, 2013. Ricci is retiring from the military after over 35 years of service. 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Master Sgt. Don Lundt, 133rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, marshals in Chief Master Sgt. Jim Ricci, 109th Airlift Squadron, last flight in St. Paul, Minn., Mar. 16, 2013. Ricci is retiring from the military after over 35 years of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing spray a bridge of water over Chief Master Sgt. Jim Ricci, 109th Airlift Squadron in St. Paul, Minn., Mar. 16, 2013. Ricci is retiring from the military after over 35 years of service. 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing spray a bridge of water over Chief Master Sgt. Jim Ricci, 109th Airlift Squadron in St. Paul, Minn., Mar. 16, 2013. Ricci is retiring from the military after over 35 years of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing spray a bridge of water over Chief Master Sgt. Jim Ricci, 109th Airlift Squadron in St. Paul, Minn., Mar. 16, 2013. Ricci is retiring from the military after over 35 years of service. 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing spray a bridge of water over Chief Master Sgt. Jim Ricci, 109th Airlift Squadron in St. Paul, Minn., Mar. 16, 2013. Ricci is retiring from the military after over 35 years of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing congratulate Chief Master Sgt. Jim Ricci on his last flight in St. Paul, Minn., Mar. 16, 2013. Ricci is retiring from the military after over 35 years of service. 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing congratulate Chief Master Sgt. Jim Ricci on his last flight in St. Paul, Minn., Mar. 16, 2013. Ricci is retiring from the military after over 35 years of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing congratulate Chief Master Sgt. Jim Ricci on his last flight in St. Paul, Minn., Mar. 16, 2013. Ricci is retiring from the military after over 35 years of service. 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing congratulate Chief Master Sgt. Jim Ricci on his last flight in St. Paul, Minn., Mar. 16, 2013. Ricci is retiring from the military after over 35 years of service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

ST. PAUL, Minn -- Over 30 Airmen gathered outside of the Composite Ops./Aeromed building here, to watch as Chief Master Sgt. Jim Ricci, the loadmaster supervisor for the 109th Airlift Squadron took his last flight before retirement, Mar. 16, 2013.

The Airmen cheered and clapped as Ricci disembarked from the C-130 Hercules and was hosed down with water. This hose down is referred to as a "fini flight" and has been a squadron tradition for many years, which symbolizes the last flight before ones retirement.

"I didn't expect this at all, I had anticipated I had already done my last flight," Ricci stated. "Today was a bonus and I was surprised at all the people that showed up."

Ricci is retiring from the Air National Guard after over 35 years of service in the United States military.