Sweeney, Walter Campbell, Gen

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2-General Officer
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1961-1965, Langley Air Force Base
Service Years
1926 - 1965
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West Virginia
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Dec 22, 1965
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General Walter Campbell Sweeney was Commander of the U.S. Air Force Tactical  Air Command, which prepares and maintains combat-ready forces capable of conducting worldwide tactical air operations.

A native of Wheeling, WV, he was born in 1909. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry in June 1930. In October 1934, he entered primary flying school at Randolph Field, Texas, with subsequent graduation from the advanced flying school in October 1935, at Kelly Field, Texas. His first operational assignment was with the Eighth Attack Squadron of the Third Attack Group at Barksdale Field, LA.

In June 1939, General Sweeney joined the Fifth Bomb Group in Hawaii and later transferred to the 11th Bomb Group as commanding officer of the 431st Bomb Squadron. He commanded an Army Air Force Task Group during the Battle of Midway in June 1942. In July 1942, he became the Air Officer for the Theater Group, Operations Division of the War Department General Staff in Washington, DC.

In July 1944, General Sweeney was assigned to the 73rd Bomb Wing and moved with this unit from Colorado Springs, CO, to the Pacific area, serving as Chief of Staff and later Deputy Commander. While with the wing in the Marianas, he participated in the first unprecedented low-level attack with B-29 aircraft against the Japanese. On a later mission he lost his aircraft, paddled ashore in a life raft, and returned to his island base. In July 1945, he became Director of Plans of the Strategic Air Force, Pacific Ocean Area, Guam. 

After the war he served as a member of the Joint War Plans Committee for the Army Air Force in Washington, DC, until July 1946 when he became an instructor at the National War College.

In October 1947, General Sweeney was assigned to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, and the following year was named Director of Plans for the Strategic Air Command with  headquarters at Omaha, Nebraska.

In April 1953, he was assigned to command the 15th Air Force at March Air Force Base, CA. In June 1954, while Commander of this strategic bomber force, he led a trio of Stratojets in history's first non-stop flight of jet bombers across the Pacific Ocean.

For six years, from August 1955 until September 1961, General Sweeney commanded the 8th Air Force at Westover Air Force Base, MA.

In October 1961, General Sweeney was promoted to four-star rank and assumed command of the Tactical Air Command with headquarters at Langley Air Force Base, VA.

General Sweeney has been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. He is rated a Command Pilot.
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US Army (USA)USAAF Training CommandUnited States Army Air Forces (USAAF)8th Attack Squadron
335th Bombardment Group5th Bombardment Group, Heavy7th Air Force11th Bombardment Group, Heavy
War Department General Staff73rd Bombardment Wing, HeavyUSAAF HeadquartersDepartment of Defense (DOD)
National War CollegeSecretary of The Air Force, Department of the Air Force, PentagonOffutt Air Force BaseStrategic Air Command (SAC)
15th Air ForceAir Force Bases/ InstallationsStrategic Air Command (SAC)United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
8th Air ForceWestover Air Force BaseTactical Air Command (TAC)Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1930-1934, AAF MOS 2260, US Army (USA)
  1930-1934, US Army (USA)
  1934-1934, Army Air Forces Central Instructors School (CIS)
  1934-1935, USAAF Training Command
  1934-1947, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1935-1935, Air Service Command (ASC)
  1935-1939, AAF MOS 770, 8th Attack Squadron
  1935-1939, 335th Bombardment Group
  1939-1939, AAF MOS 1091, 5th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1939-1939, 7th Air Force
  1940-1942, 11th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, 7th Air Force
  1942-1944, AAF MOS 9301, War Department General Staff
  1944-1945, 73rd Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1945-1946, USAAF Headquarters
  1946-1947, Department of Defense (DOD)
  1946-1947, National War College
  1947-1948, Air Force Special Projects (SAF/SP), Secretary of The Air Force
  1948-1953, Offutt Air Force Base
  1948-1953, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1953-1955, 61, 15th Air Force
  1953-1955, March Air Force Base
  1953-1961, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  1954-1954, United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF)
  1955-1961, 21, 8th Air Force
  1955-1961, Westover Air Force Base
  1961-1965, Tactical Air Command (TAC)
  1961-1965, Langley Air Force Base
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomons Campaign (1943-44)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military AcademyNational War College
  1926-1930, United States Military Academy
  1946-1947, National War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
PT-19 Trainer  PT-22 Recruit  P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  B-17 Flying Fortress  
B-24 Liberator  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  B-29 Superfortress  B-47 Stratojet  
KC-97 Stratotanker  B-36 Peacemaker  U-2 Dragon Lady  B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  
KC-135 Stratotanker  C-137 Stratoliner  
  1934-1935, PT-19 Trainer
  1935-1935, PT-22 Recruit
  1935-1939, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
  1940-1941, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1941-1942, B-24 Liberator
  1942-1942, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1944-1945, B-29 Superfortress
  1954-1954, B-47 Stratojet
  1957-1958, KC-97 Stratotanker
  1957-1958, B-36 Peacemaker
  1958-1960, U-2 Dragon Lady
  1959-1961, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
  1959-1961, KC-135 Stratotanker
  1959-1965, C-137 Stratoliner
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