January 31, 2019

Major General William P. McBride

Major General William P. McBride
OG-107 Uniform – In-Country Tailored

General McBride entered military service in December 1941 as an aviation cadet. He served in the Mediterranean and European Theaters during World War II, flying 146 combat missions. McBride first served with the 33rd Fighter Group in North Africa and later was commander of the 371st Fighter Group. He remained in Europe with the Army of Occupation as commander of the 36th Fighter Group at Rothwesten, Germany. McBride returned to the United States in 1946 as commander of the 79th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Field. In 1950 he was assigned to the Fleet Marine Force Atlantic as a staff officer and spent six weeks about the USS Albemarie in the Caribbean. During the Korean War, McBride was first assigned to the 502nd Tactical Control Group in 1950. He then assumed command of the 35th Fighter Group and remained in Korea as commander of the 18th Fighter Group. After being wounded over North Korea, McBride returned to duty as Chief of Combat Operations for the Fifth Air Force. He was sent to Turkey in 1954 as director of operations of the Sixth Allied Tactical Air Force. McBride became deputy commander of the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing in Germany in 1961, later becoming commander of the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing. He was made commander of Task Force A, Pacific Air Forces in 1967. Before retiring in 1973, McBride was serving as deputy chief of staff for operations of the Tactical Air Command at Langley Air Force Base.

 General McBride in 1968

January 7, 2019

Major General David A. Morris

Major General David A. Morris
Patrol Cap

General Morris graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1975. He served as an active duty Infantry and Special Forces officer until 1984. Morris was a detachment commander and advisor with the 7th Special Forces Group during the Salvadoran Civil War from 1980-1981. In 1991 he was mobilized for Operation Desert Storm, serving at US Special Operations Command. Morris returned to active duty as a Colonel after the 9/11 attacks and served as the Deputy Commander of Special Operations Command Joint Forces Command. He later deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he commanded the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force on the Arabian Peninsula. Morris became Deputy Commanding General of the US Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command in 2005, later becoming Commanding General. In 2009 he was assigned as Director of the Joint Irregular Warfare Center. Before retiring in 2012, Morris was serving as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Army.

 Maj. Gen. David A. Morris, National Park Service superintendant Cynthia McCleod, Col. Daniel Ammerman, Lt. Col. Jay Shiffler, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter pose in front of the Liberty Bell after participating in the Independence Day Bell Tapping Ceremony in the historical district of Philadelphia.