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LEAVING ON HER TERMS; AEROSPACE ADMINISTRATOR PLANS TO RETIRE.



Byline: Jim Skeen Daily News Staff Writer

Like John Elway John Albert Elway, Jr. (born June 28, 1960) played American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Denver Broncos from 1983 through 1998. Elway holds many college and professional records and was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is the only  and Michael Jordan This article is about the former basketball player. For other uses, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation).

Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player.
, Lorraine Sadler - the first lady of Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.

The Antelope Valley
 aerospace - is going out on top and on her terms.

Sadler, an administrative assistant who has served all 17 commanders of Air Force Plant 42 over a 41-year career, will retire in August.

``I wanted to do things my way. The time is right,'' Sadler said. ``A former commander (Mario Cafiero) told me you want to retire when you are happy with the commander. You want to go out while you're still enthusiastic.''

During her time at Plant 42, Sadler has seen scores of first flights of top military aircraft, from the XB-70 to the B-2 stealth stealth

Any military technology intended to make vehicles or missiles nearly invisible to enemy radar or other electronic detection. Research in antidetection technology began soon after radar was invented.
 bomber; helped organize community projects, including relief efforts for Hurricane Andrew This article is about the 1992 hurricane; there was also a Tropical Storm Andrew during the 1986 Atlantic hurricane season.

Hurricane Andrew is the second-most-destructive hurricane in U.S. history, and the last of three Category 5 hurricanes that made U.S.
 victims and the staging of the annual ``Salute to Youth'' career fair; and has served as a walking history of the installation.

To celebrate her career, a street on Plant 42 was renamed Lorraine Sadler Circle and the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that Sadler will become their first Antelope Valley Business Advocate of the Year award winner.

The Palmdale chamber award, given because of her behind-the-scenes service to Plant 42, will be presented Aug. 13 to coincide with Sadler's retirement.

``All 17 (Plant 42 commanders) have appreciated the fact that without Sadler, it would have taken the collective talents of a much larger staff to accomplish their mission,'' read the chamber's statement announcing the award. ``An example of this appreciation was demonstrated last October when the first commander, Lt. Col. Robert Green This article is about the English footballer. For other people with the name "Robert Green", see Robert Green (disambiguation).
Robert Paul Green (born January 18, 1980 in Chertsey, Surrey) is an English professional footballer who currently plays for West Ham
, who hadn't seen her since 1959, returned to personally convey his thanks for her tireless support and selfless self·less  
adj.
Having, exhibiting, or motivated by no concern for oneself; unselfish: "Volunteers need both selfish and selfless motives to sustain their interest" Natalie de Combray.
 dedication.''

Sadler said she plans to stay involved with Plant 42, working with the committee for the annual aerospace worker recognition dinner, the Salute to Youth career fair, and on putting together a comprehensive history of Plant 42.

``(The history) needs to be preserved,'' Sadler said. ``This place is one in a million.''

Sadler, 65, is part of the small government staff that runs an installation with about 9,500 defense workers - the second-largest center of employment in the Antelope Valley, behind the 14,000-employee work force of Edwards Air Force Base Edwards Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway. .

Plant 42 is where the B-1 and B-2 bombers were built and is the home for modification and repair programs for such aircraft as the F-117 stealth fighter and the U-2 spy plane.

Sadler's official title is administrative assistant, but to Air Force Plant 42 commanders since 1958, she has been an organizer, consultant, press secretary and, at times, a mom.

``She is one of those people who are both irreplaceable and priceless price·less  
adj.
1. Of inestimable worth; invaluable.

2. Highly amusing, absurd, or odd: a priceless remark.
,'' said Lt. Col. Bob Catlin, commander of Plant 42. ``I knew she was special from Day One.''

Catlin recalled how taken his parents were with Sadler as she helped with the preparations for the change-of-command ceremony in January 1998.

``My parents said, `Thank you for being here for our son,' '' Catlin said.

Sadler was born in Plainfield, N.J., to parents who had fled persecution in what is now Iran. In the 1950s, her family moved to Modesto, where her parents established a vineyard vineyard, land on which cultivation of the grape—known as viticulture—takes place. As many as 40 varieties of grape, Vitis vinifera, are known. .

After attending Modesto Junior College The Modesto Junior College is a community college located in Central Valley's Modesto, California. It often called by its acronym, MJC. Its current president is Dr. Richard Rose and its sports teams are referred to as the MJC Pirates. , she went to work as a secretary at Castle Air Force Base near Merced. She met her husband, Bill, at Castle when she stopped to ask him for directions on her way to her interview.

Sadler moved to Palmdale in 1956 when her husband took a job with Convair Aircraft, which was building F-102 fighters. A year later, at age 22, Sadler was hired as an assistant to the commander.

She left the installation in June 1960 - about midway through the tenure of Lt. Col. B.A. Hurlbut, the second commander - to have her second child. Sadler then went to work as a command staff secretary at Edwards Air Force Flight Test Center.

Sadler returned to Plant 42 in 1964 when Joe Davies - now a Palmdale councilman, then an Air Force colonel and the third plant commander - convinced her to come back.

``I've been fortunate to be promoted without leaving my desk,'' Sadler said. ``I'm thankful I recognized this is where I should stay.''

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 upon Lorraine Sadler has been the renaming of a street on Plant 42, her workplace.

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