Smith, George, SSgt

Avionics Maintenance
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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
32371-Turret Systems Technician Gunner
Current/Last AFSC Group
Avionics Maintenance
Primary Unit
1962-1963, 32371, 93rd Strategic Bomb Wing
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
99000-Basic Airman
Service Years
1948 - 1963
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Strategic Command (Pre 2002) Tactical Air Command

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

I am enjoying retirement after fifteen years in the Air Force, and twenty-seven years as a Southern Baptist pastor in Missouri, Ohio and  Illinois.

While in the service I considered myself to be a military career person, and looking to complete at least twenty if not thirty years, and retiring at the ripe old age of  fifty. June of sixty-three was only six months away, and I had to make an important career decision:  To re-up for six more years, or to follow my desire to becoming a chaplain. Facing my two options, and taking all things into considerations, I (my family of  four and I) decided to accept my discharge coming up in June, and attend college, and seminary and upon completion of both I would have met the qualifications necessary to becoming an air force chaplain.  I completed college and seminary in seven years

Now, at the age of forty-one, I applied for the chaplaincy.  The age cutoff for a Chaplain was thirty-seven, but because of having fifteen year of prior service they waved the age factor, but they cut back the chaplains quota for all branches of service.  The irony of it all was that my S/Sgt rank was frozen at the time I got out of the service, and after qualifying for the chaplaincy I felt the cold north wind once again.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
School Assignments15th Bombardment Squadron, Light15th Air Force98th Bomb Wing
348th Reconnaissance SquadronAir Force Training Wings12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photographic6091st Reconnaissance Squadron
363rd Tactical Reconnaissance WingUS Air Force
  1948-1948, 99000, Technical Training Command
  1948-1951, 32371, 15th Bombardment Squadron, Light
  1950-1952, 32371, 15th Air Force
  1951-1951, 98th Bomb Wing
  1951-1954, 32371, 348th Reconnaissance Squadron
  1955-1959, 32371, 3415th Technical Training Wing (Staff)
  1959-1960, 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photographic
  1960-1961, 32371, 6091st Reconnaissance Squadron
  1961-1962, 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1962-1963, 32371, 93rd Strategic Bomb Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War1
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Air Force.
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
 Colleges Attended 
California Baptist UniversityCalifornia Baptist UniversityMidwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Kansas City, MO
  1963-1967, California Baptist University2
  1963-1967, California Baptist University
  1967-1971, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Kansas City, MO 3
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-50 Superfortress  B-29 Superfortress  B-36 Peacemaker  B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  
B-25 Mitchell  B-66 Destroyer  
  1949-1950, B-50 Superfortress
  1950-1952, B-29 Superfortress13
  1952-1954, B-36 Peacemaker2
  1954-1959, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
  1955-1959, B-25 Mitchell
  1960-1962, B-66 Destroyer5
  1962-1963, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
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