December 13, 2018

Brigadier General James W. Swanson


Brigadier General James W. Swanson
1949-
Desert Camouflage Uniform & Long Sleeve Uniform Shirt

General Swanson graduated from Purdue University in 1971 and was commissioned through the
Air Force ROTC program. He entered the University of Illinois law school in 1974 and earned a Juris doctor degree in 1977. Swanson was assigned as Assistant Staff Judge Advocate to the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Shaw Air Force Base at that time. He served as Chief of Preventive Law for the 9th Air Force in 1978. Swanson was next made Assistant Staff Judge Advocate for the 21st Tactical Fighter Wing at Elmendorf Air Force Base. In 1983, he became Staff Judge Advocate for the 379th Bomb Wing at Wurtsmith Air Force Base. Swanson served as Chief of the Professional Development Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General in 1988. He went to Saudi Arabia in 1994 as Staff Judge Advocate for Operation Vigilant Warrior with Joint Task Force – Southwest Asia. Swanson became Commander of the Air Force Legal Services Agency at Bolling Air Force Base in 1999. Before retiring in 2003, he was serving as Chief Counsel for Headquarters U.S. Transportation Command and Staff Judge Advocate for Headquarters Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base. 

November 5, 2018

Brigadier General Charles B. Jiggetts


Brigadier General Charles B. Jiggetts
1926-2010
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General Jiggetts enlisted in the US Army Air Force in 1944 and was honorably discharged in May of 1946. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1950 upon graduating from Howard University. Jiggetts attended flying school in 1952, becoming an aircraft observer and radar intercept officer. He was assigned to the 98th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron in 1957 as squadron radar officer. In 1960 Jiggetts became squadron operations officer for the 27th Communications Squadron at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam. He served as chief maintenance officer for the 92nd Strategic Aerospace Wing beginning in 1964, with responsibility for Atlas ICBMs, B-52 bombers, and KC-135 stratotankers. Jiggetts went to Vietnam in 1966 as a communications-electronics requirements officer for the 7th Air Force. He returned to the States in 1967 as a joint communications staff officer for the US Strike Command at MacDill Air Force Base. Jiggetts was assigned to US Air Force Headquarters in Washington, DC, as technical assistant to the director for telecommunications policy in 1969. He was made vice commander of the Air Force Communications Command’s Northern Communications Area in 1971, becoming commander in 1976. Jiggetts transferred to the Pacific Command in 1979 as director of communications and data processing. Before retiring in 1982, he was serving as vice commander of the Air Force Communications Command at Scott Air Force Base.

October 18, 2018

Brigadier General Bertram K. Gorwitz


Brigadier General Bertram K. Gorwitz
1920-1997
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General Gorwitz was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery in 1943. He saw action with the 74th Field Artillery attached to the 82nd Airborne Division in France, Belgium, and Germany. In 1946 Gorwitz was made Provost Marshal for the 11th Airborne Division while on occupation duty in Japan. He assumed command of a Parachute Field Artillery Battery with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team in 1949 and deployed to Korea in that role. While stationed in Germany with the 11th Airborne Division in 1958, Gorwitz air-landed in Beirut during the Lebanon Crisis, becoming Operations Officer for the American Land Forces there. He returned to Korea in 1962 with Headquarters, I Corps, becoming I Corps Artillery Commander in 1968. By 1971 Gorwitz was serving as Assistant Division Commander of the 23rd Infantry Division in Vietnam. Before retirement in 1974, he was Deputy Chief of Staff for Allied Land Forces Southern Europe in Verona, Italy. Gorwitz also graduated from both the Italian and German parachute schools. Gorwitz was raised to the degree of Master Mason in Palestine Lodge No. 79 of Duluth, Minnesota, on October 4, 1951. He affiliated with Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 in August of 1983, located in Alexandria, Virginia.



September 27, 2018

Brigadier General E. Ann Hoefly


Brigadier General E. Ann Hoefly
1919-2003
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General Hoefly entered the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in 1944 and served with the 235th General Hospital in France. She returned to the United States in 1946 and was assigned to Valley Forge General Hospital as a neuropsychiatric nurse. In 1949 Hoefly transferred to the newly established U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps. She became a flight nurse with the 1734th Air Transportation Squadron at Brooks Air Force Base in 1956. Hoefly then became chief nurse of the 5th Air Force in Japan. In 1968 she was named chief of the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps, becoming the first woman to hold that position as a brigadier general. Hoefly served as chief of the Nurse Corps until her retirement in 1974.


June 5, 2018

Brigadier General Richard C. Freeman


Brigadier General Richard C. Freeman
1928-2014
Flight Coveralls

General Freeman, a native of Ralston, Oklahoma, attended Cameron University. In the early 1950s, he entered pilot training at Houston, Texas. Freeman was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Oklahoma Air National Guard in 1955 and assigned to the 125th Fighter Squadron in Tulsa. He remained with the squadron as they transitioned to the 125th Military Airlift Squadron under the 138th Air Transport Wing in 1960. Freeman was promoted to Major the following year and flew transport missions to Southeast Asia. In 1965 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and was commanding the 125th Military Airlift Squadron by 1969. The 138th Air Transport Wing was transferred to the Tactical Air Command in 1973 and the 125th was re-designated the 125th Tactical Fighter Squadron; Freeman continued as Squadron Commander. He was named Assistant Adjutant General for Air in 1979 as a Colonel. Freeman was promoted to Brigadier General in late 1980; resigning shortly thereafter to become a Republican candidate for Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District.