The longest-serving civil servant working for the Air Force has retired after a 70-year career.
Dorothy Rowe, 88, was honored during a retirement ceremony Tuesday hosted by Luke Air Force Base's 56th Comptroller Squadron.
Rowe is also the second-longest serving in the Department of Defense.
She was awarded a medal during the ceremony presided over by Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning.
Rowe's career began in 1943 when she was 17, according to the Luke Air Force Base website. She worked as a clerk typist at the Columbus Army Depot in Ohio.
She said she will miss the people she came into contact with every day.
"It's like one big family," Rowe said.
She told reporters that during retirement she'll do volunteer work for the military.
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