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(126) Harold R. "Hal" Austin, Colonel US Air Force, Retired
I want to Thank, Colonel Austin, Patricia Horzec, Greg Kuster,Francis Gary Powers Jr. Gordon Bergslien and to all the staff and volunteers at the Museum for making Today happen
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Harold R. "Hal" Austin, Colonel US Air Force, Retired
Military career, 33+ years, entered US Army aviation cadet program September 1943. Retired as US Air Force Colonel, January 1977. Career highlights: Instructor pilot Air Training Command; pilot, Troop Carrier 1946/47; pilot Berlin Airlift 1948/49; in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) 25 years; Aircraft Commander, Squadron Commander, Staff Officer in SAC Headquarters, Base Commander and a SAC Aircraft Wing Commander. Also, staff officer with Joint Staff in Pentagon 1966/69. Command pilot, 10,000 hours flying hours in 22 different military aircraft. Cold War visual photo over flight of Soviet Union in RB-47E May, 1954. Awards-DFC w/oak Leaf cluster, Legion of Merit w/2 olc, Air Medal and MSM.
Education: Brownfield High School, Texas; Air Command and Staff School; Air War College, Maxwell Field; Bachelor’s degree, University of Nebraska, Omaha; Master’s Degree, George Washington University, Washington DC.
Following retirement from the US Air Force; became a Stock Broker, Dean Witter; Member, Chair, Riverside Military Affairs Committee; Board member, Marketing Chief, Air Force Village West 1987/89; Co-owner, Board Member Call America (a long distance telephone company); Board Member, Past President March Field Museum Foundation; member, Past President Magnolia Center Rotary Club, Riverside. Life member; Order of Daedalians, Military Officer Association, Air Force Association and DFC Society.
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