Colonel Darin “Smiley” Humiston was honored in a retirement ceremony at the Palace Theater on Saturday. His wife, Stephanie, an aviation “maintainer,” also received recognition for her service to her country. Videos representing the work done by both were part of the ceremony.

Friends and relatives joined the Humistons for the ceremony, which included an invocation by Pastor Mark Urlaub, remarks by Col. Humiston and the presentation of the Legion of Merit Award.

Career highlights

Colonel Humiston served in the Chief Battle Management Division and as Secretary of the Air Force, Acquisition Staff.

He was responsible for the recapitalization and modernization of a portfolio of 26 Battle Management weapons systems valued at $35 billion dollars. He is also responsible for developing Air Force acquisition strategy, finding requests, and coordinates with the other services and Congressional Staffs.

Colonel Humiston received his commission in 1994 from the Air Force ROTC program at Iowa State University.

Prior to his current position, he was the commander of the 729th Air Control Squadron and the 71st Expeditionary Air Control Squadron in Al Udeid AB Qatar and Kandahara Afghanistan.

The 71st Controlled over 1,800 close air support missions in 2013 and was awarded two Air Combat Command unit awards.

He is a master air battle manager with more than 3,000 flying hours in the US. And NATO E-S AWACS.

He has also received the Legion of Merit award, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service medal with one oak leaf cluster, as well as the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

Colonel Matt “Bark” Barker also spoke at the ceremony.

Col. Humiston’s next career step is working on Department of Defense test projects at Georgia Tech University.