Airman Retires After 70 Years of Civilian Service

A veteran of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge who served the Air Force as a civilian for 70 years is retiring. Anthony “Tony” Duno will retire in September with 70 years of federal service. At a ceremony to honor Duno in July, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James called him a “remarkable, remarkable public servant,” according to a press release. Duno was drafted into the Army in 1944 and later received the French Legion of Honor. He told public affairs that he believes the Battle of the Bulge was “the most important, severe point of the war,” though he also was assigned to the Nuremberg Trials, which he called “extraordinary.” After the war, Duno became a real estate agent for the Air Force in Europe, and was involved in closing Air Force bases in Europe after the Cold War. Duno helped turn over bases in Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Morocco, according to the Air Force. He said he is looking forward to retirement, but “will miss the sense of taking care of your people… I still feel like I can contribute. I will miss every bit of it because it’s something that has become part of me.”