Wall of Distinguished Virgina Tech Air Force Alumni
Lt. Robert E Femoyer
Robert E. Femoyer was the navigator of a B-17 Flying Fortress on on a bombing mission over Merseburg, Germany, his bomber was struck by three antiaircraft shells and he was wounded. He was in pain and had significant blood loss, but refused morphine in order to keep his head clear while he continued to navigate the bomber for two and a half hours, changing course six times to avoid enemy antiaircraft fire. He remained alert though his pain was described as 'almost beyond the realm of human endurance'. Once the airplane was over the English Channel, Femoyer finally agreed to an injection of morphine; but shortly after landing he died of wounds. His actions saved the lives of the crew. For his actions, he received the Medal of Honor.
Brig. Gen. David L. Young
Brigadier General David L. Young is commander of the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. He is responsible for maintaining the wing in a state of constraint readiness to carry out bombardment operations on a global scale. He does this by ensuring the organization, training and equipage of a combined activeÃÂÃÂduty and civilian force of more than 8,000 people assigned to the wing. He flew 150 combat missions over Southeast Asia during several temporary duty assignments, served on the faculty of the Air War College and held a staff position at the U.S. Army's Forces Command.
Brig. Gen. John R. Budner
Brig. Gen. John R. Budner is assistant deputy chief of staff for operations, Aerospace Defense Command, with headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. He assists in providing staff supervision for all aerospace defense operations in North America. The general is a command pilot. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal with 'V' device, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Combat Readiness Medal.
Brig. Gen. Kenneth J. Moran
Brig. Gen. Kenneth J. Moran is the Director, Program Management and Integration Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. He is the primary advisor to the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space for weapon system management, acquisition, integration and analysis. He is also responsible to develop and deploy policy, strategies, processes, tools, and training for these functions across the space and missiles systems center. As well as training and equipping over 900 military and civilian program managers executing $8 billion annually.
Brig. Gen. Kimber L. McKenzie
General McKenzie earned her commission as a distinguished graduate of OTS at Lackland AFB, Texas. She has also served on the Air Staff in the areas of strategy, joint and National Security Council matters, and as a member of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force's Operations Group. General McKenzie served as program monitor for the Airborne Warning and Control System and Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System and as the Chief of the Commander's Action Group for the Air Force Materiel Command. General McKenzie commanded the 91st Space Wing, Minot AFB, N.D., which was the recipient of the 2001 Omaha Trophy. Prior to her current assignment, she was Director of Intelligence, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska.
Brig. Gen. Leon A. Wilson
Brigadier General Leon A. Wilson Jr. is director of supply for the U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C. As the Air Staff's senior supply officer, he is responsible for developing supply and fuels inventory policy and plans for the Air Force. In addition, he is responsible for the logistics support for all aircraft, missiles, communications, munitions and vehicles to ensure combat- ready and sustainable air forces, now and in the future.
Brig. Gen. Robert F. Titus
Brigadier General Robert F. Titus is the inspector general for the North American Air Defense Command and the U.S. Air Force Aerospace Defense Command, with consolidated headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. His military decorations and awards include the Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with three oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with 24 oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Brig. Gen. Robert G. Jenkins
Brigadier General Robert G. Jenkins is director of logistics, Headquarters Pacific Air Force, Hickam Air Force Base, and Hawaii. He is responsible for the maintenance and support of tactical fighter, reconnaissance and support aircraft; management of supplies and equipment valued at more than $3.3 billion; allocation and maintenance of general and special purpose vehicles; and storage and maintenance of war reserve material valued at more than $350 million. He also provides guidance and management assistance for the 15,000 military and civilian logistics assigned to PACAF.
Brig. Gen. Stanly O. Smith
Brigadier General Stanley O. Smith is chief of staff, Defense Mapping Agency, Fairfax, VA. The Defense Mapping Agency's mission is to enhance national security, and it supports the offices of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, unified and specified commands, military departments and other users. To do this, it produces timely and tailored mapping, charting and geodetic products, services and training, and advises on such matters. The agency also provides nautical charts and marine navigational data to worldwide merchant marine and private vessel operators.
Brig. Gen. Stephen D. McElroy
Brigadier General Stephen D McElroy had enlisted in the Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in 1938; and after completion of flying training at Randolph and Kelly fields, Texas, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Corps Reserves. General McElroy is a command pilot with 132 missions and 875 combat hours. His decorations and awards include: Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star and Commendation Ribbon with three oak leaf clusters. General McElroy, a longÃÂÃÂtime light plane enthusiast, has been an active member of the Air Force Aero Clubs.
Brig. Gen. Thomas Verbeck
Thomas Verbeck has over 36 years of operational and technical leadership in USAF, rising to brigadier general. He has responded to crisis operation in more than 92 countries in Europe and Africa, throughout the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He served as chief information officer and chief technology officer with acquisition/technology development and senior administrative management and leadership with experience in C4ISR at all levels of classification.
Brig. Gen. William L. Hiner
Brig Gen William L. Hiner is U.S. defense and air attache to Brazil. Gen Hiner is a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with "V" device and two oak leaf clusters, Combat Readiness Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with silver and bronze stars, and Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal, 1st Class.
Brig. Gen. William P. Ard
Brig. Gen. William P. Ard is Director of Manpower and Organization, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C. General Ard builds the $31 billion manpower portion of the Air Force program and is responsible for manpower policy, organizational studies and designation, performance management, competitive sourcing, privatization strategy and policy. The general also developed methodologies to determine total force manpower requirements and composition, and mix of active-duty/civilian end strength to meet wartime needs.
Capt. James Van Pelt
James F. Van Pelt Jr. was the navigator of a B-29 Superfortress in both atomic bomb attacks against Japan at the close of World War II. He navigated the instrument ship in the first attack against Hiroshima, and his airplane dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki.
Capt. Charles B. Collyer
An FC2W, City of New York, was flown by Charles Collyer and John Mears for the overland portions of their recordÃÂÃÂbreaking around-the-world trip in June-July 1928. Capt. Collyer flew around the world from New York and back in 23 days 15 hours 21 minutes to establish an FAI Record on June 29, 1928. Capt. Collyer and Harry Ticker completed a transcontinental flight from New York to Los Angeles in 24 hours, 51 minutes on October 19, 1928.
Gen. Thomas C. Richards
General Thomas C. Richards began with the Army infantry in 1948. He served as a platoon sergeant during the Korean War. General Thomas C. Richards is deputy commander in chief, Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, West Germany. The general is a command pilot with more than 4,700 flying hours. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal with "V" device and oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Medal with 17 oak leaf clusters. He is rated as a senior parachutist and earned the Combat Infantry Badge.
Lt. Gen. Joseph G. Wilson
Lt. Gen. Joseph G. Wilson is commander, Allied Air Forces, Southern Europe, with headquarters in Naples, Italy and Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe's Sixteenth Air Force, with headquarters at Torrejon Air Base, Spain. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with five oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with 18 oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Vietnam Distinguished Service Medal, Air Force Order.
Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Travis
Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Thomas W. Travis is the Surgeon General of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C. General Travis serves as functional manager of the U.S. Air Force Medical Service. He advises the Secretary of the Air Force and Air Force Chief of Staff, as well as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs on matters pertaining to the medical aspects of the air expeditionary force and the health of Air Force people. He exercises direction, guidance, and technical management of more than 42,800 people assigned to 75 medical facilities worldwide.
Lt. Gen. Walter D. Druen
Lieutenant General Walter D. Druen Jr. is commandant of Allied Air Forces Southern Europe and deputy commander in chief, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Southern Area, with headquarters at Naples, Italy. General Druen has flown more than 5,000 hours in virtually all types of tactical aircraft, including F-4's, F-5s, F-15s, F-80s, F-86s, F-100s, F-104s, F-105s and A-10s. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with oak leave cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with 14 oak leaf clusters and Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster.
Maj. Gen. Allison G. Glover
Brigadier General Allison G. Glover is deputy chief of staff for engineering and services, Headquarters Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force Base, III. He is responsible for facilities construction, maintenance and operations, as well as operation of base service functions for the command at its 15 major bases in the United States and overseas. He also acts as the command'Âs liaison officer for the commissary and exchange operations. General Glover'Âs military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters.
Maj. Gen. Bernard L. Smith
Lt Bernard L. Smith, of Richmond, Va., was ordered to the Annapolis camp on aviation duty 12 September 1912. He was Virginia Tech's first aviator. He became naval aviator No. 6 and Marine aviator No. 2. In 1914 B. L. Smith was sent to Paris as assistance naval attache. When war broke out in 1917 he returned to the U.S. for duty with Naval Operations, then established the Navy'Âs school for aerial gunnery and bomb dropping at Miami before leaving again for Paris. In 1919 he helped build the NCs which flew the Atlantic, but the Navy kept him from making the flight. In World War II as a lieutenant colonel he set up the Marine Corps barrage balloon program, and later served as naval attache in Central America.
Maj. Gen. Daniel M. Dick
Maj. Gen. Edward R. Ellis
Maj. Gen. Edward R. "Buster" Ellis is Commander, 19th Air Force, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. He is responsible for the day-to-day training of approximately 2,000 U.S. and allied students. The students range from entry-level flying training through advanced combat crew training, and ultimately become fully qualified aircrew personnel for the war fighting commands. The 19th Air Force is composed of more than 31,000 assigned personnel and 1,800 aircraft in 25 units throughout the United States. General Ellis is a command pilot with more than 3,300 flying hours, including 240 combat hours in the F15C and F15E in support of Operation Northern Watch.
Maj. Gen. Frank R. Faykes
Maj. Gen. Frank R. Faykes is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C. He is responsible for planning and directing Air Force budget formulations annually that total more than $136 billion. He leads a staff of civilian and military financial managers who develop, integrate and defend Air Force resource requests to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Office of Management and Budget, and Congress. He manages and executes funding that supports military operations and Air Force priorities at the direction of the Secretary of Defense and Congress.
Maj. Gen. Henry B. Kucheman
Major General Henry B. Kucheman Jr., is commander of the Armament Development and Test Center, Air Force Systems Command, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The Center plans, program, and manages development, test, and acquisition program for air armament in including air-launched tactical and air defense missiles, guided weapons, nonnuclear munitions and safety, and aircraft guns and ammunition. The center also provides extensive test support to other Department of Defense agencies.
Maj. Gen. Lester P. Brown Jr.
Major General Lester P. Brown Jr. is commander 1st Air Force, Air Combat Command, and commander, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Region, with consolidated headquarters at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The general is a command pilot with more than 5,500 flying hours in the F-4, A- 10, F-15, and F-16, including 600 combat flying hours in Southeast Asia. His military awards and decoration include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Presidential Unit Citation with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with VÂ device and four oak leaf clusters, Vietnam Service Medal with three, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Maj. Gen. Oliver P. Echols
Oliver Paton Echols was an American military officer who brought success in World War II to the United States Army Air Forces by expanding the inventory of America's air arm to meet the needs of the coming war. More than any other man under Chief of the Army Air Forces, General Henry A. Arnold, Echols was responsible for the development, procurement and supply of aircraft and aeronautical equipment. Fighter projects officer Benjamin S. Kelsey, directly subordinate Echols from 1934 to 1945, called him "The Man Who Won World War II."ÃÂÃÂ
Maj. Gen. William E. Eubanks
Major General William E. Eubanks Jr'Âs military career began in February 1936 when he entered the Army Air Corps as a flying cadet at Randolph and Kelly fields, San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from advanced flying and was assigned to Barksdale Field, where he served with the third Attack Group and the 27th Bomb Group. He was transferred to Hunter Field, Savannah, Ga., in May 1941. As 4310th Air Division commander, under the SAC's Sixteenth Air Force at Torrejon Air Base, Spain, the general had operational control of Reflex Forces at Nouasser, Ben Guerir and Sidi Slimane air bases in Morocco. General Eubank was appointed deputy commander of the Second Air Force, Aug. 15, 1959.