Clovis News-Journal from Clovis, New Mexico on May 14, 1965 · Page 11
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Clovis News-Journal from Clovis, New Mexico · Page 11

Clovis, New Mexico
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Friday, May 14, 1965
Page 11
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Tactical Air Command Combat Ready Headquarters Tactical A i r Command headed by Gen. Walter C. Sweeney Jr.. was established as a major air command by Congressional action in March of 1946 and began operations at Tampa AFB, Fla., later moving to its present site, Langley AFB, Va. Tactical air, in a sense, came if if * j further refined during the Ko[ran War. These wars proved i conclusively the need for air into being after World War I. Its real development beg a n during World War II. It was ! power with the flexibility and versatility of Tactical Air Command. A large number of tactical * * * and support organizations used in Korea were trained by this command, Tactical air units were in action a few hours after the decision was made that (United States forces would I fight. In Korea, TAC-trained j pilots and crews proved their | superiority by an unpresedent- led 14 to 1 ratio of enemy air* * if craft kills. An important eon cept developed by TAG, the Composite Air Strike F o f c e, CASF, contains all elements of a modern air force, capable of rapid deployment anywhere in the world. This is the U. S. Air Force's anawer to "limited" wars. A typical CASF, as deployed to * * * the Middle East during the Le banon Crisis and the Far East when Communist Cuba threatened the offshore island of Quemoy, contains tactical fighters, aerial tankers, reconnaissance, weather and transport aircraft. This unique airpower package may be varied in strength and composition, tailored to the sit* * * 832nd Division Maintains Stance For War To maintain effective combat 'prepared to make friends or mission of Tactical Air Com- tactical fighter forces able to wage war, be it nuclear, or con- mand's 832nd Air Division with icploy world-wide within hours :ventional - this is the primary headquarters at Cannon AFB. ___ . ...... _ _. Base Chief's Message f ace t of the Mission. squadrons and four maintenance squadrons. The division also contains the 832nd Com- On Armed Forces this ' 832nd ADiv's mission is to sup- bat Support Group, an organiza- port the U.S. Army in the at- tion of five support squadrons, tainment of its objectives. This The various skills represented is accomplished through isola-jin the maintenance units are riad of supply, administrative and other air base functions. Personnel are trained to work at top speed necessary to fulfill TAC's world-wide strike poten- we at 'brale with - salute each year ._ ,._, . .._. civilian friends and neigh- armed forces. Each of us, .,,„,- bors in Clovis and the surround- tary and civilian alike, have a , , np ,™ nf > ing area for the courtesies and great stake in our armed; The 832nd ADiv is composed j indirectly aid support you have given us day-!forces. We all contribute ouri°f three tactical fighter wings,! jt y , . j ,-.. ..-- . imnnpv nur nffni-i* «,.- <v;—,i. the Cannon-based 474th and 27th> y in the battle zone. JF-100 Super Sabres in the air. The 832nd COS directly and )y-day for the past year. iand effort, our friends « «« a my tial. Although not assigned to the 832nd ADiv, several other units located at Cannon provide essential support to its operation. uation. On Oct. 1, 1961, the new unl* fied force, United States Strike Command with headquarters at MacDill AFB, Fla., came into being. With TAC as its air strike arm and the Continental Army Corps (STRAC) as its ground striking arm. STRICOM is prepared to defend American interests anywhere in the world. STRICOM conducts a continuing series of exercises both to the United States and in overseas areas using TAC and Army forces. These exercises are designed to keep the STRICOM forces in a high state of preparedness for any eventuality. Assigned to TAC, are three Air Forces. They include Ninth, Twelfth and Nineteenth. These three air forces have bases and Such support includes airiunits located in 17 states. TAr We wish to Invite you to cele- our lives. and sometimes • I llus the 366th stationed at Hoi- loman AFB, N.M. Each wing! contains four tactical fighter! rescue, weather, aircraft control and warning, communications and field training. ON ARMED FORCES 832nd Leader A New General Brigadier General Joseph J. Kruzei, who recently received his first star, is Commander of the 832d Air Division at Cannon AFB. General Kruzei was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Febr. 17, 1918. He graduated from the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, in 1938 where he received his BS degree, majoring in chemistry. In 1.939 he was awarded a bachelor's degree in education from the same university. In May 1940, he entered the United States Army Air Corps and after completing primary and basic flying training at Parks Air College, East St. Louis and Kandioph Field was commissioned second lieutenant and received his pilot's wings at Kelly Field in December 1940. The general's first assignment as a commissioned pilot •was Clark Field in the Phillippine Islands. He was stationed at Nichols Field, Manila, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and the Phillippine Islands. During World War II he served as a combat fighter pilot in the Phillippines, Java, Northern Australia, and during jthe third year of the war in England. Flying the P-40 in the Pacific he downed one Japanese fighter air craft, while logging 175 combat hours in that Theater. In 1943, during which time he was an OTU figh t e r squadron commander and later Deputy Group Commander of the 361st Fighter Group at Richmond, Virginia, he deployed with the 361st to England where he flew P-47s and P-51s. units are also serving in overseas locations at all times. Ninth Air Force headquartered at Shaw AFB, S.C., command's TAC units east of the Mississippi River. Twelfth Air Force with headquarters at Wa- jco, Tex., commands TAC units i of the Western United States, i Among the responsibilities of leach are tactical fighter mis- isions reconnaissance and weather, tactical air control, serial refueling and troop carrier units. * * * Gen. Walter C. Sweeney " ' ^ TAC Commander Sweeney Man Of Experience, Many Abilities Gen. Walter C. Sweeney Jr., the 432d Bomb Squadron. He Strategic Air Force Pacific! >mmander of Tactical Air Com- comrnamlpH tho A r m « AS-,, A™., ^ n, t commanded the Army Air —-•••»• w **• ifv *«ii.ii.Mirv«v*u me t\ i m y /*ll mand was born in Wheeing W. Force Task Group which par- Va on July 23, 1909. He was ticipated in the Battle of Mid- graduated from the U.S. Mili-j way in June 1942. tary Academy at West Point! and commissioned a second lie-! Wlth the ad vent of the B-29, in the infantry in Ocean Area in Guam. After World War II, he serv ed as a member of the join! war plans committee for the Air Force in Washington, D.C, — — —' ' in August 1946 wL 8S I"S «*• ° f "* '»«*«*. -. * ;to the 73rd Bomb Wing a new limit being equinped with this r\tr e »u c t r In October, 1964 he entered new weapon While assigned to!?' flC * ° f the ? e fL reta ", of . primary flying school at Ran-; this unit, General Sweenev serv-j r Force> an d the follow i n | rininh PioiH TOV *,,h n ~ n u» _j ._ n_ _,.:_, , .. „, *, . year was named director ol Sweeney was assigned to t h « of the General Joseph J. Kruzei Reporting to trie ETO in vember 1943, he logged a _ — - I ..._u M*.* » j ^« u IA%,J. vu kJTT\*^41V T lJ^- 1 1 dolph Field, Tex., where he ied as its chief of staff and dep- graduated in October 1935, from uty commander. While with the the advanced school at Kelly wing in the Marianas, he par- field. Tex. General Sweeney's ; ticipated in the first unprece- first assignment was with the dented low-level attack against Third Attack Group, Barksdale the Japanese in the B-29, and j Field. La. j was on a i a t er m i ss i on to lose ! his aircraft, paddle ashore in a plans for the Strategic Air Com mand with headquarters at ha, Neb. April 1953, he was . • ° f 325 combat hours and des- *°-j In June 1937, he joined the; ls aircraft - P addle ashore m a total iFiftn Bomb Group in Hawaiil life raft ' and return to his is ' des-' an d thp follnwina Tr 0 Kr,,.,.J land base. VOHS CO Proudly Salutes . . . The Personnel And Their Families of . . Cannon Air Force Base This Armed Forces Day following February llth Bomb come an American Ace. For his! bravery and achievements in j combat he was awarded the Silver Star with two Oak L e a f • Clusters; the Distinigished Fly-; ing Cross with one Oak Leaf 1 Cluster; the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Bronze Star. 1 During 1945, General Kruz e 1 was Deputy Base Commander at Seymour-Johnson F i e 1 d. North Carolina, which was a P-47 CCTS and later a separation enter. In January 1946, Lieutenant Colonel Kruzei at- j tended the senior officers Asia-1 tic Study Course at Yale Uni- ] versity. This was followed by | his assignment to the Air Office i of the XXIV Corps, located at 1 Seoul, Korea. During 91948 he assumed command of the newly reactivated 18th Fig h t e r Group, which was equipped with P-47s and subsequent 1 y P-51s at Clark Field. Phillippine Islands. In 1949 he graduated from the Air Command and Staff college at Maxwell Air Force Base, following which he was assigned to the War Plans Division, Headquarters USAF. Colonel Kruzei then attended the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, graduating in June, 1954. He was regained at t h e Air War College as a member of the Evaluation Staff through May 1957. In June 1957 General Kruzei was assigned as Chief. W a Plans Division USAFE Headquarters, at Wiesbaden, Germany; January 1958, as chief Command Post. Headquarters SHAPE, France On his return to the States in July I960. Colonel Kruzei attended the Na-1 tional War College and upon completion of the course was assigned as Vice Commander of the 345th Tactical Fighter Wing at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, South Carolina He became Commander of this Wing April 1. 1»63. Colonel Kruzei assumed command of the 832d Air Division tajJanuary 19 the general be- , director of plans of the June 1954, while commander o! this strategic air force, he led a trio of stratojets in history'i first non-stop flight for j e 1 bombers across the Pacif i < Ocean. COMPARE! CABIN STILL t Straight Kentucky 86 Proof mTWL WCLLJCJt OttT. Furniture & Floor Covering lutes THE CANNON AIR FORCE PERSONNEL AND THEIR FAMILIES THIS ARMED FORCES DAY Saturday, May 15th t 4 i

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