Simler, George Brenner, Gen

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
00066-Air Commander
Last AFSC Group
Command and Control
Primary Unit
1972-1972, Military Airlift Command (MAC)
Service Years
1942 - 1972
Officer Collar Insignia
General

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Johnstown
Last Address
Randolph Air Force Base, Texas

Date of Passing
Sep 09, 1972
 
Location of Interment
US Air Force Academy Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US European Command Headquarters Air Force Air Force Academy Professor Commander

Headquarters Command, USAF


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
In the Line of Duty
  2017, In the Line of Duty


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
 He was posthumously promoted to the grade of General effective August 16, 1972
   
Other Comments:
U.S. Air Force General. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps in 1942 from the University of Maryland. He served two combat tours as an aviator in the European Theater during World War II, the 2nd of which he was shot down, evaded capture, and returned safely to Allied lines. After the war, he returned to the University of Maryland as the 1st professor of Air Science and Tactics in a military capacity. He reenrolled as a student at the University to finish his college courses and graduated in 1948. Afterward, he was assigned as the commander of the 86th Fighter-Bomber Group, the 355th Fighter Group, director of athletics at the United States Air Force Academy, commander of the 18th Tactical Fighter Wing at Kadena AB, Okinawa, and commander of the Tactical Fighter Weapons Center at Nellis AFB NV. In 1965 he was assigned as director of operations of the 7th Air Force in Southeast Asia, where he flew combat missions in all assigned tactical aircraft. In August 1967 he became the director of operations at Headquarters U.S. Air Force. In July 1969 he was assigned as the vice commander of the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) and then assumed command of Air Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base TX in September 1970. He was then selected to assume command of the Military Airlift Command (MAC) at Scott AFB IL, effective September 12, 1972. However, on 9 September 1972, he and his aide, Captain Gil L. Gillespie, were killed when their T-38 Talon jet trainer aircraft crashed on takeoff as they were departing Randolph AFB TX en route to Scott AFB IL to accept the new command. He was posthumously promoted to the grade of General effective 16 August 1972.
   
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 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
86th Fighter-Bomber GroupUnited States Air Forces in Europe (COMUSAFE/USAFE)355th Fighter GroupUnited States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
18th Tactical Fighter Wing5th Air ForceUS Air Force Academy (Staff)Nellis Air Force Base
7th Air ForceHeadquarters Command (HQ USAF)Air Training CommandMilitary Airlift Command (MAC)
  1942-1945, 86th Fighter-Bomber Group
  1942-1945, United States Air Forces in Europe (COMUSAFE/USAFE)
  1942-1945, 355th Fighter Group
  1942-1945, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1950-1953, 18th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1950-1953, 5th Air Force
  1960-1961, US Air Force Academy (Staff)
  1965-1967, Nellis Air Force Base
  1967-1967, 7th Air Force
  1967-1969, Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
  1970-1972, Air Training Command
  1972-1972, Military Airlift Command (MAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1965-1966 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
University of Maryland at College ParkUniversity of Maryland at College ParkNational War College
  1940-1942, University of Maryland at College Park
  1946-1948, University of Maryland at College Park
  1960-1961, National War College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  T-38 Talon  
  1950-1953, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
  1972-1972, T-38 Talon
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