MSgt Tolster has held the billets of Crew Chief, Tower Chief, and NCOIC at MCAS Cherry Point. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1996 and tried his hand at contract towers before returning to Cherry Point as a civilian tower controller. Terry became a Full Performance Level controller and excelled as an OJT Instructor. Selected as the Trainer of the Year for 2003, Mr. Tolster was also the president of the local Air Traffic Controllers Union.

Mr Tolster retired from civil service in December 2014.

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