48th CES says goodbye to old friend

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  • By Airman 1st Class Torri Ingalsbe
  • 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The 48th Civil Engineer Squadron said goodbye to one of its finest April 30 when Graham Warner, 48th CES project manager, retired after 32 years. 

Mr. Warner worked for the Ministry of Defense and spent the last 20 years on the Liberty Wing team. During his tenure, he helped plan, design and implement the construction of the youth center and renovations at the Shepherd's Grove Housing Area. 

"As chief of programming here, Mr. Warner's role has been to envision and plan future construction projects," said Lt. Col. Brian Murphy, 48th CES commander. "Over the last 14 years, his forward-looking efforts have earned us $400 million of improvements to our facilities and infrastructure." 

Mr. Warner is looking forward to the lifestyle retirement will bring. He said his wife's "honey-do" list has grown much longer and he plans to restore his old motorbike. 

"I'm looking forward to four-day weekends, but I'll still be here three days a week," he said. Mr. Warner will work part-time for the 48th CES for the next few months. 

He said he learned a lot about teamwork from his colleagues and that he's happy to still be working with them for a little while longer. 

"It would be hard for anyone to look around this base and not find the results of Mr. Warner's work," Colonel Murphy said. "It'll be a little tough for us to think about Lakenheath or our Liberty Engineer Squadron without him." 

Although he'll be missed, Mr. Warner's outlook is bright. 

"Life is what you make it and mine's pretty good at the moment," he said.