The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 27, 1968 · Page 4
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 4

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, January 27, 1968
Page 4
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WE SALUTE THE COMMANDERS OF THE 97th BOMB WING Mice-Commander Col. Jim V. Alexander, vice wing commander of the 97th Bomb Wing, is no stranger to Blytheville Air Force Base. He received his commission here in December, 1943, upon completion of Aviation Cadet Training. . A native of Woodruff, South Carolina, he graduated from high school in 1933. Colonel Alexander graduated from Walford College. Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1937. Upon commissioning, he was assigned to the Salt Lake City Personnel Depot, and received B-24 training in Colorado Springs, and photo reeonnaisance schooling at Will Rogers Field, Okia. Colonel Alexander then reported to the 91st Bomb Wing in the Southwest Pacific. B-29 and KC-97 transition was followed by an assignment to the 376th Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB. From June 1955, until June, 1956, Colonel Alexander attended the Air Command and Staff School at Maxwell AFB, and then assigned to aerial refueling units at Westover, Dow, and Turner Air Force Bases. Colonel Alexander went to Thailand in February, 1966, -as Commander of the King Cobra Task Force. He assumed hij present duties in February, 1967. A Command Pilot, Colonel Alexander's decorations • include the Air Medal with two clusters, the Commendation Medal with one Cluster, and Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with two battle stars. * * * * Support Gp. Comdr. Col. Frank L. Scurlock assumed command of the 97th Combat Support Group recently, replacing Col. Charles K. Agan who has become deputy commander for maintenance, 42nd Colonel Scurlock is not new to the position, having held it during June, July and part of August, 1967, prior to Colonel Agan's arrival to Blytheville from an overseas assignment. Since that time, Colonel Scurlock has served as deputy base commander. A native of West Carrollton, Ohio, he entered the service in 1942. He graduated from Aviation Cadet School, Stuttgart, Ark., in November, 1943, and. was commissioned a second lieutenant. He has accumulated 160 semester hours at the University of Omaha in Nebraska. Colonel Scurlock served an overseas assignment in England during World War II and again from 1951-54. His decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Force Air Medal, among others. The Strategic Air Command is not entirely new to Colonel Scurlock; he has been a member of SAC for 11 years. Previously assigned to Bunker Hill AFB, Ind., he was the deputy commander for operations, Headquarters, 305th Bomb Wing, before coming to Blytheville in June. Colonel Scurlock and his wife, Eva Marie, live on base with their two sons, Stephen, age 14 and Michael, age 12. Cor lock Pontioc Co. Treasure Jewelers Heuer's Shoe Store Hubbard Hardware The New York Store Otasco Stewart Prescription Drug Store AT B.A.F.B W/ng Commander Since June 5, 1967, Col. Eugene D. Minietta has commanded the 97th Bomb Wing. As-commander, he is responsible for the entire wing including all operations, maintenance and the success of the wing mission. He entered the military in January 1942 as aviation cadet at Mitchell AFB, Mineola, N.Y. In November 1942 he graduated from Spence Army Air Field, Moultrie, Ga. and was commissioned a second lieutenant. After serving tours of duty in Okinawa and Korea, he joined the Strategic Air Command in October 1958 at McCoy AFB, Fla. While there he served as commander of a B-47 squadron, director of operations and training, and later commander of a B-52 squadron. He was assigned as deputy commander for maintenance, 450th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB, N. D. from 1963 till 1965. Later he was assigned as deputy commander for operations, 819th Bomb Wing, Grand Forks AFB, N. D. Before assuming command of the 97th Bomb Wing he served as vice commander from July 1966 till June 1967. The Colonel's awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, American Campaign Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Korean Service Medal and the French Military Order of Pilot of Aviation in addition to the Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea Presdential Unit Citation. He is married to the former Dorothea Arata and they have three children. Heads Maintenance Col. t. Jack Obus, deputy commander for maintenance, assumed command of wing maintenance squadrons July 6, 1967. He reported to Blytheville from the 410th Bomb Wing, K. I. Sawler AFB, Mich. Born in Woodlynne, N. J. on May 20, 1920, his schooling prior to entering the service included secondary schools at Blackwood, N. J. and high' schools at Woodbury and Haddonfield, N. J. Colonel Obus continued his education pur suits with courses at the University of Texas. He entered the Army Air Corps in July, 1941 as an enlisted man at Fort Dix, N. J. Reserved as aradio operator mechanic flying in B-10, B-18 and A-20 bombers, reaching thegrade of staff sergeant. He applied for commission through the aviation cadet program in 1943 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in November, 1943. Colonel Obus served as a B-24 bombardier in the European Theatre in 1944 and completed 32 missions. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters for his performance in the European Theatre. During his eighteen years in the Strategic Air Command he had participated in many special test exercises, including "Operation Tropopause," in which high altitude studies were made on the effect of tropo- spheric atmosphric conditions on electronic electrical missions. Colonel and Mrs. Obus, the former Dorrie M. Grimm e, have one daughter, Sheila, who is married to Capt. Mi c h a e 1 Hazelwood, a navigator instructor in the Air Training Command. * * * * j Deputy Comdr. Ops. I Serving as deputy commander for operations, 97th Bomb Wing, Col. Herbert H. Morta* ; Is responsible for the two tactical squadrons (340th Bomb Squadron and 97th Au- Refueling; Squadron) and all phases of direct support to the'flying crews. . j He assumed his present duties in July, 1967, replacing Col. Holly W. Bartlett who was, reassigned to K. I. Sawyer AFB, Mich. . ( . I A native of San Jose, Calif., Colonel Morine is the son of Estelle Morine and the lat»; ' Upon completion of high school at Alameda, Colonel Morine attended 'college in San • Francisco. He entered the Air Force in 1942 as an aviation cadet. Safeway White Shoes Mode'0 Day Kream Kastle Sterling in Downtown Stirling in Day Shopping Ctr. Libtrty Super Market Wtitbropk's Family Shoe Store B. F. Goodrich Top Mark Fabric Meads Men Store Martins Men Store Berry's Ladies Toggery Jiedels Ready-To-Wear Store R. D. Hughes Mens Store Colonel Morine was coBimis-' sioned a second lieutenant to: May of 1944 and was assigned; to Denning, N. M. ' He flew B T 17 and Br29 BomlK ers jn 1944-45 during World Way: II. His post-war assignments In- elude Guam, 1946-48J Mcpili; AFB, Fla., 1948-52; Tucson,' Ariz., 52-55; Lincoln, Neb. SM7;; Castle AFB, Calif., 57-65 and' his last assignment at Wurt- smith AFB, Mich., 65-67.\ .' While stationed at WurUmith AFB, Colonel Marine's duties included squadron commander, assistant DCO and DCO.." " He has been a member of the Strategjc Air Command since 1948 and has to his credit over 9,800 'hours flying time which include* over 3,000 hours in th» BTK: ; H« i: married to the former EloiseR. Spanner of Oakland; Calif. The Morinw have "two children. ; T.G.&Y. Firestone West's Department Store The Singer Company Del Farms Foods Burnett's Royal fire Service Barney's - Owens - Moll Hi-way Drugs

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