Col. John J. Roscoe, 47, a native of Centralia, retired from the U.S. Air Force Friday at Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. He served as base commander since July 6, 2012.

Roscoe, a 1988 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., was the commander of the 305th Operations Group at McGuire Field, N.J., prior to being named base commander. He directed four squadrons with 800 personnel flying and operations support missions. He formulated policies, plans and procedures to ensure combat readiness of assigned units and effective integration of three associate reserve flying squadrons. He was responsible for commanding all aspects of operations, including mission planning, allocation, execution, command and control, training, scheduling, intelligence, life support, weather and airfield operations.

Roscoe also was the chief of the AFRICOM Division and deputy under secretary of Air Force International Affairs at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He was responsible for building, sustaining and expanding international relations as critical enablers for air, space and cyber forces in Africa.

He also has served as a weapons officer, evaluator and instructor pilot in both the C-130E Hercules and C-17A Globemaster III, performing tactical and strategic airlift missions around the globe.

He is a veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Allied Force, as well as Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has commanded the 385th Air Expeditionary Group at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, and the 57th Weapons Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey.

In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science from the Air Force Academy, Roscoe also graduated from Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Base in Alabama in 1994. He completed a C-130 weapons instructor course in Little Rock, Ark., in 1996, and earned a master's degree in human resources development from Webster University, St. Louis, Mo., in 1998.

He graduated in 2001 from Air Command and Staff College and in 2006 from Air War College.

Roscoe earned a master's degree in strategic studies from Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama in 2008.

He was promoted to second lieutenant June 1, 1988, and first lieutenant June 1, 1990. He was named captain June 1, 1992, and major Oct. 1, 1999. Roscoe was promoted to lieutenant colonel March 1, 2004, and colonel July 1, 2009.

His major awards and decorations include Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Combat Readiness Medal with one oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Force Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Kuwait.