“People like Tim Smith, who I've known forever,” along with several others, Kelley said sadly.
All things considered, it's been a career choice he is happy with.
“It's been a good career, and I've met a lot of people,” he said. “I get a lot of 'thank you for your service' if someone knows about that.”
The future is wide open for Kelley, who will officially be retired by the end of the year and is kicking around the idea of using the educational benefits from his GI Bill.