Beam retires

Air Force Air National Guard Master Sgt. Lorena L. Beam retired from the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard after serving honorably for 32 years. Beam was last serving as non-comissioned officer in charge of personnel with Joint Force Headquarters, Headquarters Alabama Air National Guard.

Beam is the daughter of Max Blanton of Altoona, stepdaughter of Donald Eubanks of Modesto, Calif., sister of Jim A. Blanton of Emerald Isle, N.C., Cecil W. Blanton of Boaz, and Laverne A. Blanton of Horton, and mother of Ryan J. Beam and William J. Beam of Boaz.

She is a 1984 graduate of West End High School and earned an associate degree in 1988 from Snead State Community College.