Stories of Honor: Jennifer Dalrymple served with the US Air Force for 4 decades

Townsend’s Col. Jennifer Dalrymple (retired) served 30 years in the Air Force – eight years active, 22 years in the Reserves – including three stints in the Middle East.

Col. Jennifer Dalrymple, U.S. Air Force, retired

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“My career was under/on the ground as a missile launch officer for the Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) and civil engineer building/caretaking of our bases,” Dalrymple explained via text from her home in Broadwater County.

The daughter of Garry and Joan Dalrymple, Jennifer graduated from Tucson’s Salpointe Catholic High in 1982, where she competed in track and field for the Lady Lancers.

A versatile trackster with heptathlon-like skills, she ran the 100-meter high hurdles, long jumped and threw the discus and shot put, “or filled in wherever the team needed me,” she related. “I held the school record until my senior year, when my younger, freshman sister successfully exceeded my time.”

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At the University of Arizona, Dalrymple continued the family’s military tradition and enlisted in the Air Force, with the AFROTC program.


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