WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. - Col. Robert Dulong, 509th Maintenance Group commander, as a young Airman. Colonel Dulong began his 40-year military career as an enlisted Airman and progressed his way to senior master sgt. before commisioning and progressing even further from 2nd lt. to colonel. Colonel Dulong's retirement ceremony will take place Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. in building 27, the Weapons Load Trainer hanger.