Garry Bahling



Preferred Name: 
Garry

Nickname/Call Sign: Brass

Date of Birth: August 13, 1944

Highest Military Grade Held: Brigadier General, (0-7)

Hometown: Waterford, MI

Biography

Brigadier General Garry S. Bahling is assigned as the chief of staff, Headquarters, Michigan Air National Guard. As the chief of staff, he directs the activities of the Headquarters, Michigan Air National Guard (ANG), located in Lansing, and assists in the administration of the ANG units located at Selfridge ANG Base near Mount Clemens, Battle Creek ANG Base, and the Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Michigan.

General Bahling received his commission as a second lieutenant in July, 1969. He was the commander of the 107th Fighter Squadron from 1986 to 1990, during which time he was the Fighter Squadron “Top Gun”. During his command, the 107thconverted from the A-7 aircraft to the F-16A. He attended F-16 school in April 1990 and was “Top Gun” in his class. General Bahling completed his career with the 127th Fighter Wing as director of operations in May of 1993. He was transferred to Headquarters, Michigan Air National Guard as director of operations, and was appointed to his current position as chief of staff in May 1996.

Next to my bride, the ANG was the best thing to happen to me. And the best part of the ANG was the HUN years! So very grateful to those who organized the SSS and publish the magnificent “Intake,” thus bringing back so many wonderful memories. Thank you!!

Units Assigned

  • 9/1969-9/1970 UPT Webb AFB, Big Spring, TX (T-37, T-38)
  • 9/1970-6/1972 107th Tactical Refueling Squadron, Selfridge ANGB, Mt. Clemens, MI (RF-84)
  • 6/1972-1/1979 107th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Selfridge ANGB, Mt. Clements, MI (F-100D)
  • 1/1979-12/1989 107th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Selfridge ANGB, Mt. Clements, MI (A-7D)
  • 12/1989- 6/1996 127th Fighter Wing, Selfridge ANGB, Mt. Clements, MI (F-16 C/D)
  • 6/1996-10/2000 HQ Air National Guard, Lansing, MI

Awards & Decorations

Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Combat Readiness Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
National Defense Service Medal (with Service Star)
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon (with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Hourglass Device)
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon

Flight Info

RF-84
F-100 D
A-7 D
F-16 C

Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,500
Pilot wings from Webb AFB, TX

Military Education

  • 1971 Squadron Officer School (correspondence)
  • 1975 Air Command and Staff College (correspondence)
  • 1988 National Security Management Course, Distinguished Graduate (correspondence)

Civilian Education

  • 1967 BS/Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, MI
Biography

Biography

Brigadier General Garry S. Bahling is assigned as the chief of staff, Headquarters, Michigan Air National Guard. As the chief of staff, he directs the activities of the Headquarters, Michigan Air National Guard (ANG), located in Lansing, and assists in the administration of the ANG units located at Selfridge ANG Base near Mount Clemens, Battle Creek ANG Base, and the Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Michigan.

General Bahling received his commission as a second lieutenant in July, 1969. He was the commander of the 107th Fighter Squadron from 1986 to 1990, during which time he was the Fighter Squadron “Top Gun”. During his command, the 107thconverted from the A-7 aircraft to the F-16A. He attended F-16 school in April 1990 and was “Top Gun” in his class. General Bahling completed his career with the 127th Fighter Wing as director of operations in May of 1993. He was transferred to Headquarters, Michigan Air National Guard as director of operations, and was appointed to his current position as chief of staff in May 1996.

Next to my bride, the ANG was the best thing to happen to me. And the best part of the ANG was the HUN years! So very grateful to those who organized the SSS and publish the magnificent “Intake,” thus bringing back so many wonderful memories. Thank you!!

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 9/1969-9/1970 UPT Webb AFB, Big Spring, TX (T-37, T-38)
  • 9/1970-6/1972 107th Tactical Refueling Squadron, Selfridge ANGB, Mt. Clemens, MI (RF-84)
  • 6/1972-1/1979 107th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Selfridge ANGB, Mt. Clements, MI (F-100D)
  • 1/1979-12/1989 107th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Selfridge ANGB, Mt. Clements, MI (A-7D)
  • 12/1989- 6/1996 127th Fighter Wing, Selfridge ANGB, Mt. Clements, MI (F-16 C/D)
  • 6/1996-10/2000 HQ Air National Guard, Lansing, MI

Awards & Decorations

Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Combat Readiness Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
National Defense Service Medal (with Service Star)
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon (with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Hourglass Device)
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon

Flight Info

RF-84
F-100 D
A-7 D
F-16 C

Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,500
Pilot wings from Webb AFB, TX

Military Education

  • 1971 Squadron Officer School (correspondence)
  • 1975 Air Command and Staff College (correspondence)
  • 1988 National Security Management Course, Distinguished Graduate (correspondence)

Civilian Education

  • 1967 BS/Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, MI