Charles B. Gulley


Preferred Name: Charlie

Nickname/Call Sign: Charlie

Date Of Birth: 08-31-1934

Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel, O6

Hometown: Brookhaven, MS

Biography

I retired from the Air Force in 1979 and decided to remain in Montgomery. Worked as a Stock Broker with Smith Barney until 1994, when I was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church. I am semi-retired from the Diaconate now, but in August 2009 I became Flight Captain for Founders Flight #1, order of the Daedalians, and enjoy being around a great group of fellow military pilots. My wife, Joni, and I keep busy with 13 grandchildren, from Virginia, Chattanooga and here in Montgomery.

My last flight was to ferry an F-4E from Udorn to Korea. The Vietnam war was about over. I still think that flying the F-100 is the greatest job that a person could have in the Air Force!

Units Assigned

  • Nov 1956 Pre-flight Training Lackland, AFB (rejected for flt. Too tall).
  • Dec. 1956 Communications Officer Course Scott AFB, IL
  • Nov. 1957 17th Comm. Construction Sqd. Kadena AB, Okinawa
  • Mar. 1959 Waiver granted to begin flight training.
  • Apr. 1959 3301st Pilot Training Group, Moore AB, TX (T-34, T-28)
  • Oct. 1959 3617th Pilot Training Squadron, Craig AFB, AL (T-33)
  • Apr. 1960 3615th Instructor Pilot Training, Craig AFB, AL (T-33, T-37)
  • Aug. 1960 3617t.h Pilot Training Squadron, Instructor, Craig AFB, AL (T-33)
  • July 1964 Combat Readiness Training, Hurlburt AFB, FL (AlE)
  • Aug. 1964 1st Air Commando Sqd, Bien Hoa AB, RVN (AlE)
  • Oct. 1964 602nd Air Commando Sqd, Bien Hoa, AB, RVN (AlE)
  • Aug. 1965 USAF Operational Tng. Course, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • Feb. 1966 306th TFS, Homestead AFB, Fl. (F-100)
  • June 1966 307th TFS, Homestead AFB, FL (F-100)
  • Aug. 1966 307th TFS, Torrejon AB, Spain (F-100)
  • Mar. 1970 Air Staff Plans & Policy/ Eur./NATO Branch, Pentagon (T-39)
  • May 1973 Tactical Fighter Upgrade Course, George AFB, CA (F-4-D)
  • Sep. 1973 421st TFS Commander, Udorn AB, Thailand (F-4-E)
  • Aug. 1974 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • June 1975 Air War College Faculty, Maxwell AFB, AL

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

Military Education

  • Apr 23, 1963 SOS In Residence
  • ACS By Correspondence June 1972
  • AWC In Residence Sept. 1974 – June 1975

Civilian Education

  • 1951/52 McCallie Military School, Chattanooga TN
  • 1952-53 Attended Georgia Tech, Atlanta GA
  • 1954-56 Tulane U, New Orleans LA, BS in Mechanical Engineering
  • May 28, 1956 Commissioned 2/Lt. through ROTC Program
Biography

Biography

I retired from the Air Force in 1979 and decided to remain in Montgomery. Worked as a Stock Broker with Smith Barney until 1994, when I was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church. I am semi-retired from the Diaconate now, but in August 2009 I became Flight Captain for Founders Flight #1, order of the Daedalians, and enjoy being around a great group of fellow military pilots. My wife, Joni, and I keep busy with 13 grandchildren, from Virginia, Chattanooga and here in Montgomery.

My last flight was to ferry an F-4E from Udorn to Korea. The Vietnam war was about over. I still think that flying the F-100 is the greatest job that a person could have in the Air Force!

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • Nov 1956 Pre-flight Training Lackland, AFB (rejected for flt. Too tall).
  • Dec. 1956 Communications Officer Course Scott AFB, IL
  • Nov. 1957 17th Comm. Construction Sqd. Kadena AB, Okinawa
  • Mar. 1959 Waiver granted to begin flight training.
  • Apr. 1959 3301st Pilot Training Group, Moore AB, TX (T-34, T-28)
  • Oct. 1959 3617th Pilot Training Squadron, Craig AFB, AL (T-33)
  • Apr. 1960 3615th Instructor Pilot Training, Craig AFB, AL (T-33, T-37)
  • Aug. 1960 3617t.h Pilot Training Squadron, Instructor, Craig AFB, AL (T-33)
  • July 1964 Combat Readiness Training, Hurlburt AFB, FL (AlE)
  • Aug. 1964 1st Air Commando Sqd, Bien Hoa AB, RVN (AlE)
  • Oct. 1964 602nd Air Commando Sqd, Bien Hoa, AB, RVN (AlE)
  • Aug. 1965 USAF Operational Tng. Course, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • Feb. 1966 306th TFS, Homestead AFB, Fl. (F-100)
  • June 1966 307th TFS, Homestead AFB, FL (F-100)
  • Aug. 1966 307th TFS, Torrejon AB, Spain (F-100)
  • Mar. 1970 Air Staff Plans & Policy/ Eur./NATO Branch, Pentagon (T-39)
  • May 1973 Tactical Fighter Upgrade Course, George AFB, CA (F-4-D)
  • Sep. 1973 421st TFS Commander, Udorn AB, Thailand (F-4-E)
  • Aug. 1974 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • June 1975 Air War College Faculty, Maxwell AFB, AL

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

Military Education

  • Apr 23, 1963 SOS In Residence
  • ACS By Correspondence June 1972
  • AWC In Residence Sept. 1974 – June 1975

Civilian Education

  • 1951/52 McCallie Military School, Chattanooga TN
  • 1952-53 Attended Georgia Tech, Atlanta GA
  • 1954-56 Tulane U, New Orleans LA, BS in Mechanical Engineering
  • May 28, 1956 Commissioned 2/Lt. through ROTC Program