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  • Jerry Owens

    Jerry Owens began his military career May 7, 1968. With his draft number approaching, he decided to enlist in the Air Force. Owens’ first duty station was Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Originally wanting to serve as a boom operator on a KC- 135 or a radio intercept operator, he was selected to become a security police Airman. During
  • Richard Metcalf

    Richard Metcalf joined the Air Force in May 1973, starting his 30-year career in maintenance as a jet engine mechanic on the F-4 Phantom II. He had three goals upon entering the Air Force: to make technical sergeant in 10 years, master sergeant in 15 and retire at 20. However, after achieving the grade of master sergeant in 11 years, he had his
  • William Hardy

    Senior Master Sgt. (Ret.) William E. Hardy is an Air Force veteran with 22 years of service. After graduating from Green Country Central High School in Snowhill, North Carolina, Hardy joined the Air Force in July 1978. While his primary Air Force Specialty was supply, he spent many years of his career on special-duty assignments that included being
  • Suellyn Wright Novak

    Suellyn Wright Novak is a 32-year Air Force veteran who served as a personnel officer, biomedical laboratory scientist and squadron commander. As the longest sitting chief of the Air Force Blood Program, she directly supported Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Despite the Air Force Blood Program being the smallest among the three services’
  • Janet Pattison

    Janet Pattison joined the Air Force in June 1992 and retired as a lieutenant colonel in February 2012. Pattison joined the Air Force partially due to her father, a Navy veteran. Pattison started as a missileer at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. She spent most of her career in Air Force Space Command, but her favorite job was as the 81st
  • Edward A. Rice Jr.

    Edward A. Rice Jr. is a 1978 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. During his time on active duty, he commanded at the squadron, group, wing, numbered air force and major command levels. His numerous staff positions include serving as a White House Fellow, as a staff member for the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed
  • Milton E. Johns

    Milton E. Johns received his commission March 20, 1943, after completing aviation cadet training. During World War II, he flew the P-39, P-40, P-47, P-51, B-34 and C-47. He served in the European theater of operations flying the P-47 Thunderbolt. As a combat fighter pilot, Johns flew 63 missions as a member of the highly decorated 510th Fighter
  • Lorraine K. Potter

    Lorraine K. Potter served in the Air Force from 1973 to 2004. She became the first female chaplain to commission into the Air Force in 1973, the first woman to serve as senior chaplain in 1988, the first woman to serve as the Air Force command chaplain in United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Education and Training Command and the first female
  • James “Quin” Forman

    James “Quin” Forman enlisted as a private in the Army Air Corps at Ft. Logan, Colorado, in 1940 and served 14 years.  He hoped that by voluntarily enlisting, he’d have more control over his military career than if he was drafted.  Due to his interest in art, he was sent to attend the photography school at Lowry Field. Within one year he became an
  • Irving Tyrrell Jr.

    Irving Tyrrell Jr. dreamt of flying since childhood. In pursuit of his dreams, he enrolled at the University of Alabama in 1967 and entered the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Program. While in the local flight training program, he learned he was unable to move forward with flying due to a pressure adjustment issue in one of his ears. Despite
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