USAF thanks Beck Row woman for 30 years of child care

Col Thomas Torkelson, 100th Air Refuelling Wing commander, presents Maureen Morley  with a certificate to commemorate her 30 years of service to the US. Air Force  (US Air Force photo by Gina Randall) ANL-150817-104015001
Col Thomas Torkelson, 100th Air Refuelling Wing commander, presents Maureen Morley with a certificate to commemorate her 30 years of service to the US. Air Force (US Air Force photo by Gina Randall) ANL-150817-104015001
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The US Air Force has said thank you to a Beck Row woman who has helped look after its service people’s children for 30 years.

On her retirement from RAF Mildenhall’s Child Development Center, Maureen Morley was presented with a certificate of thanks by Col Thomas Torkelson, commander of the 100th Air Refuelling Wing.

Maureen was a room leader at the center.

She recalled: “I didn’t think I was going to last the first six months because it was completely different back then, Ratios back then were 15 children to one caregiver.

“I came from being a social worker to this sort of establishment and it was very different.”

“I came straight in as a room leader to teach other people and, to be honest, I didn’t know what I was doing myself,” Morley laughed. “These 30 years have gone quickly. It’s time for me to go, but I don’t want to.”

But Col Torkelson said: “Maureen has become the person you look to for advice. She is the continuity as military members come and go.”

He told Maureen: “You are caring for our kids so our single parents, and other parents who both work, are able to serve their nation knowing their children are in good hands.

“There are also military dependents you have cared for over the past thirty years who are now old enough to serve themselves.”

Some of the those she looked after now send her pictures of their own children, as they keep in touch from around the world.