Lieutenant Colonel Hess retires after many years with the U.S. Air Force

Lieutenant Colonel Lisa M. Hess retired from the U.S. Air Force on April 29 at March Air Reserve Base in California.

Lt Col Lisa M. Hess is the director of behavioral health and a licensed clinical social worker for the 452 Aerospace Medicine Squadron at the 452d Air Mobility Wing.

Hess was born in Red Bud and graduated from Red Bud High School. She received her associate of arts degree from Southwestern Illinois College before joining the Navy in April 1985 as a machinery repairman. She completed Basic Training in Orlando, FL and Machinery Repairman A School in San Diego, CA at the Naval Training Center. She received a bachelors in psychology in 1997 and a masters in social work in 1999, both from San Diego State University. In 2014, she received a masters of military operational art and science from Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

Hess’s first duty station was Naval Air Station North Island, CA in the security department. She transferred to the USS Jason (AR-8) in 1987 and deployed on a six month West Pac with port calls in Hawaii, Philippines, Diego Garcia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand. She also participated in RIMPAC in 1988 in Hawaii. Hess was selected for the All Navy and All Armed Forces softball teams in 1986 and 1988. She completed her Navy enlistment in April 1989 and joined the inactive reserves from 1989-1993, before going back into the Navy Reserve in June 1993. While in the Navy Reserve, she worked at Naval Base San Diego Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity and was a shipboard firefighting instructor from 2000-2004 at Fleet Training Center, Naval Base San Diego.

For more on Hess, please see this week’s print edition.