Alton Whitley


Preferred Name: Al
Nickname/Call Sign: Al
Date Of Birth: November 27, 1945
Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel, O6
Hometown: Lancaster, SC

Biography

Col. Whitley served in Vietnam 1970, Thailand 1973, Desert/Desert Storm
I grew up in Lancaster, SC. which is now Clemson, SC. I retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving 26 years as a fighter pilot. My military service included two tours in Vietnam and combat action in Operation Desert Storm, where I served as the commander of the unit that flew the F-117A stealth fighter. After leaving active duty, I started (and taught) a high school Air Force Junior ROTC unit from July 1994 – December 2008, when I retired for good.
I remain indebted to, humbled by, and forever grateful to those of you who gave me insight, guidance, wisdom, and so many unique opportunities. I even appreciate the “fatherly advice” I often got (and needed) along the way. It was an honor to serve with such a special breed of men.
My only regret is I never told most of you how much I appreciated you, your friendship, and your help along the way. I’m proud that I served with so many who were not only the heart and soul of the Hun community but also the world’s greatest Air Force.

Units Assigned

6/1968-6/1969 Pilot Training, Webb AFB, TX (69-08)
7/1969-2/1970 4511th CCTS, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100C/F)
3/1970-7/1970 531st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bien Hoa AB, RVN (F-100D/F)
7/1970-10/1970 309th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Tuy Hoa AB, RVN (F-100D/F)
11/1970-6/1972 431st Tactical Fighter Squadron/416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, England AFB, LA (F-100 D/F)
7/1972-1/1973 74th Tactical Fighter Squadron, England AFB, LA (A-7D)
2/1973-2/1974 3rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Korat RTAFB, Thailand (A-7D)
3/1974-9/1975 422nd Fighter Wing Squadron (OT&E), Nellis AFB, NV (A-7D)
10/1975-1/1976 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Wing Weapons and Tactics, Davis Monthan AFB, AZ (A-7D)
2/1976-3/1977 A-10 IOT&E Team, Davis Monthan AFB, AZ (A-10)
4/1977-3/1980 422nd Forward Wing Squadron (OT&E), Nellis AFB, NV (A-10)
4/1980-12/1980 66th FWS, (Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, first as a student and then as an instructor), Nellis AFB, NV (A-10)
1/1981-6/1985 4450th Tactical Group, Operations Officer and Squadron Commander, Nellis AFB, NV, Tonopah Test Range, NV (F-117, A-7D/K)
7/1985-5/1986 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC
6/1986-8/1987 Air Staff, (XOXFM, XOXFT, and WRM Panel Chairman), Pentagon
8/1987-7/1988 4440th TFTG (Red Flag) Commander, Nellis AFB, NV (F-5)
7/1988-6/1989 57th FWW Vice Commander, Nellis AFB, NV (A-10)
7/1989-8/1990 HQ TAC, Director, Fighter Training and Tactics (DOT), Langley AFB, VA
8/1990-7/1992 37th Tactical Fighter Wing Commander, Tonopah Test Range, NV (F-117, AT-38)
7/199-6/1994 Air Force ROTC Detachment 770 Commander, Clemson University, SC

Awards & Decorations

 Legion of Merit (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Distinguished Flying Cross (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Air Medal (with 14 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Aerial Achievement Medal
 Air Force Commendation Medal
 Army Commendation Medal

Flight Info

F-100 C/D/F
A-7 D/K
A-10
F-117A
F-5
AT-38

Military Education

SOS
National War College

Civilian Education

1968 BA, Clemson University, SC
1975 MA, University of Northern Colorado, CO

Biography

Biography

Col. Whitley served in Vietnam 1970, Thailand 1973, Desert/Desert Storm
I grew up in Lancaster, SC. which is now Clemson, SC. I retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving 26 years as a fighter pilot. My military service included two tours in Vietnam and combat action in Operation Desert Storm, where I served as the commander of the unit that flew the F-117A stealth fighter. After leaving active duty, I started (and taught) a high school Air Force Junior ROTC unit from July 1994 – December 2008, when I retired for good.
I remain indebted to, humbled by, and forever grateful to those of you who gave me insight, guidance, wisdom, and so many unique opportunities. I even appreciate the “fatherly advice” I often got (and needed) along the way. It was an honor to serve with such a special breed of men.
My only regret is I never told most of you how much I appreciated you, your friendship, and your help along the way. I’m proud that I served with so many who were not only the heart and soul of the Hun community but also the world’s greatest Air Force.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

6/1968-6/1969 Pilot Training, Webb AFB, TX (69-08)
7/1969-2/1970 4511th CCTS, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100C/F)
3/1970-7/1970 531st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bien Hoa AB, RVN (F-100D/F)
7/1970-10/1970 309th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Tuy Hoa AB, RVN (F-100D/F)
11/1970-6/1972 431st Tactical Fighter Squadron/416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, England AFB, LA (F-100 D/F)
7/1972-1/1973 74th Tactical Fighter Squadron, England AFB, LA (A-7D)
2/1973-2/1974 3rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Korat RTAFB, Thailand (A-7D)
3/1974-9/1975 422nd Fighter Wing Squadron (OT&E), Nellis AFB, NV (A-7D)
10/1975-1/1976 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Wing Weapons and Tactics, Davis Monthan AFB, AZ (A-7D)
2/1976-3/1977 A-10 IOT&E Team, Davis Monthan AFB, AZ (A-10)
4/1977-3/1980 422nd Forward Wing Squadron (OT&E), Nellis AFB, NV (A-10)
4/1980-12/1980 66th FWS, (Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, first as a student and then as an instructor), Nellis AFB, NV (A-10)
1/1981-6/1985 4450th Tactical Group, Operations Officer and Squadron Commander, Nellis AFB, NV, Tonopah Test Range, NV (F-117, A-7D/K)
7/1985-5/1986 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC
6/1986-8/1987 Air Staff, (XOXFM, XOXFT, and WRM Panel Chairman), Pentagon
8/1987-7/1988 4440th TFTG (Red Flag) Commander, Nellis AFB, NV (F-5)
7/1988-6/1989 57th FWW Vice Commander, Nellis AFB, NV (A-10)
7/1989-8/1990 HQ TAC, Director, Fighter Training and Tactics (DOT), Langley AFB, VA
8/1990-7/1992 37th Tactical Fighter Wing Commander, Tonopah Test Range, NV (F-117, AT-38)
7/199-6/1994 Air Force ROTC Detachment 770 Commander, Clemson University, SC

Awards & Decorations

 Legion of Merit (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Distinguished Flying Cross (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Air Medal (with 14 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Aerial Achievement Medal
 Air Force Commendation Medal
 Army Commendation Medal

Flight Info

F-100 C/D/F
A-7 D/K
A-10
F-117A
F-5
AT-38

Military Education

SOS
National War College

Civilian Education

1968 BA, Clemson University, SC
1975 MA, University of Northern Colorado, CO

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