28 February 1941 – The Republic F-84 Thunderjet was an American turbojet fighter-bomber aircraft. Originating as a 1944 United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) proposal for a “day fighter”, the F-84 first flew in 1946. Although it entered service in 1947, the Thunderjet was plagued by so many structural and engine problems that a 1948
Harry M. Wyatt, III
“We need to make sure that we have one another’s back and recognize the fact that patriots come in all different sizes, shapes, colors, not all of them wear uniforms, some of them are employers, some of them are the family members who stay at home and take of business… We had the best-equipped and we have the best-trained military force on the face of the earth, right here in Oklahoma.”
General “Bud” Wyatt entered the United States Air Force on June 24, 1971, following his graduation from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration. He received his commission on November 24, 1971, as the 50,000th graduate of the Air Force Officer Training School. He graduated undergraduate pilot training at Laredo Air Force Base, Texas on January 26, 1973.
During August 1977, General Wyatt left active duty and entered into the Oklahoma Air National Guard. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1980. During his tenure with the Guard, General Wyatt served as a fighter pilot, flight commander, group commander, vice wing commander, wing commander, and Chief of Staff of the Oklahoma National Guard. During 2003, Governor of Oklahoma Brad Henry appointed then Brigadier General Wyatt to the position of Adjutant General of Oklahoma and nominated General Wyatt for appointment to the rank of major general.
On September 18, 2008, then President of the United States George W. Bush nominated Major General Wyatt for assignment as the 14th Director of the Air National Guard, and appointment to the rank of lieutenant general in the reserve active duty of the Air Force. Wyatt assumed the assignment on February 1, 2009. Prior to assuming this post, he served as the Adjutant General of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Secretary of Military Affairs for the state of Oklahoma. In the best traditions of the citizen-soldier, General Wyatt maintained a private law practice until his election to the Oklahoma bench.
As director of the Air National Guard, General Wyatt was responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, plans and programs affecting more than 106,800 Guard members in more than 88 flying wings and 200 geographically separated units throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.
On January 30, 2013, Lieutenant General Wyatt retired from USAF. At the retirement ceremony, Wyatt received Air Force Distinguished Service Medal for his service.