CMSAF life celebration

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A celebration of life ceremony will be held at 2 p.m., March 28, 2015, at the Emerald Coast Convention Center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, to honor the ninth Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James C. Binnicker.

Binnicker died March 21 in Calhoun, Georgia. A memorial service and interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, at a later date.

Saturday’s ceremony is open to the public and will be attended by local dignitaries, military leaders and residents of the Air Force Enlisted Village who wish to honor the chief’s contributions, not only to the service, but also to the community. Binnicker served as the CEO and president of the village since 2000.

“Chief Binnicker was a friend, a leader and a mentor to me and literally thousands of others,” said Tony Hughes, Air Force Special Operations Command representative to the Air Force Chief of Staff Civic Leader Program. “He dedicated his life to serve our country, the Airmen and their families, not only while on active duty, but also in retirement through his leadership at the Air Force Enlisted Village. He made a difference in everything he was involved with, and will be truly missed.”

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Air Force Enlisted Village.