Gary D. Lape


Preferred Name: Gary
Nickname/Call Sign:
Date Of Birth: September 8, 1940
Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel, O-6
Hometown: Cordova, AK

Biography

I was raised in Cordova, Alaska and retired in Tucson, Arizona
It was great! 5050 hours at the controls (1750 in the Hun). I worked closely with Army, Navy, Marines, NATO, CIA, DIA, DEA and a couple of other 3-letter companies.
Even the staff jobs provided some fun.
We moved to Tucson in 1994; bought a motorhome & traveled until we got tired. We sold the motorhome and I came out of retirement to take a job as the Director of Operations of NextMed, a national medical services firm headquartered here in Tucson.
Retired again in 2006 and get my kicks now spending weekends in the 14 prison yards that surround Tucson, working in Chuck Colson’s (of Watergate fame) Prison Fellowship Ministry.
Maybe I’ll see some of you guys there.

Units Assigned

  • 9/1962-10/1963 UPT at Williams AFB, AZ (T-37, T-38)
  • 11/1963-7/1964 4515th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 7/1964-6/1965 524th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Cannon AFB,  NM, rote to Misawa/Kunsan (F-100)
  • 6/1965-11/1965 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam (F-100)
  • 12/1965-12/1968 4517th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100 IP, AT-33 IP)
  • 12/1968-8/1969 510th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam (F-100;)
  • 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Stan-Eval (flew with 510th, 90th, & 531st)
  •  8/1969-12/1970 4516th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Academic Instructor, 4515th Combat Crew Training Squadron (F-100)
  • 12/1970-12/1972 4th Mechanized Infantry Division/2nd Brigade FAC/ALO, Ft. Carson, CO (O2-A)
  • 1/1973-8/1974 76th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Alex (A-7)
  • 8/1974-8/1975 3rd Tactical Fighter Squadron/388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Chief of Fighter Stan Eval, Korat AB, Thailand (A-7)
  • 8/1975-8/1976 Air Command & Staff (finally got grounded)
  • 8/1976-8/1978 Tactical Air Defense Plans Officer & USAF Advisor to Commander, NATO Amphibious Task Force Atlantic, aboard USS Mt. Whitney (LCC-20), home-ported, Norfolk, VA. (spent 12 of 24 months at sea)
  • 8/1978-5/1981 357th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, DM, Asst Ops/Ops (A-7, A-10)
  • 5/1981-8/1982 CC, 333rd Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, DM, (A-10)
  • 8/1982-4/1984 HQ TAC, Chief of Flight Safety, Langley AFB, VA (grounded again)
  • 4/1984-7/1985 DIA, Washington DC: Attaché, Spanish Language and C-12 training
  • 7/1985-7/1988 US Embassy, Quito Ecuador, Ecuador-Colombia-Peru (C-12)
  • Inter-American Defense College, Ft McNair, Senior USAF Advisor

Awards & Decorations

 Defense Superior Service Medal
 Legion of Merit
 Distinguished Flying Cross
 Meritorious Service Medal
 Air Medal
 USAF Commendation Medal
 Navy Commendation Medal
 Vietnam Service Medal
 Star of the Armed Forces of Ecuador

Flight Info

T-37
T-38
F-100
AT-33
O2-A
A-7
A-10
C-12

Military Education

  • UPT, Willie Air Patch, Class 64-C, F-100 Training @ Luke, Class 65A-1
  • IPIS, T-38, USAF Academic IP Course
  • ICAF, US Army Command & General Staff College, Air Command & Staff College
  • USN Amphibious Warfare Planning School
  • Defense Intelligence/Attaché Course, Spanish Language Training at FSI, Inter-American Defense College

Civilian Education

  • 1962 BS, Oregon State University
  • 1976 MBA, Auburn University
  • 1993 AA, Strayer Business College, Washington, DC
Biography

Biography

I was raised in Cordova, Alaska and retired in Tucson, Arizona
It was great! 5050 hours at the controls (1750 in the Hun). I worked closely with Army, Navy, Marines, NATO, CIA, DIA, DEA and a couple of other 3-letter companies.
Even the staff jobs provided some fun.
We moved to Tucson in 1994; bought a motorhome & traveled until we got tired. We sold the motorhome and I came out of retirement to take a job as the Director of Operations of NextMed, a national medical services firm headquartered here in Tucson.
Retired again in 2006 and get my kicks now spending weekends in the 14 prison yards that surround Tucson, working in Chuck Colson’s (of Watergate fame) Prison Fellowship Ministry.
Maybe I’ll see some of you guys there.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 9/1962-10/1963 UPT at Williams AFB, AZ (T-37, T-38)
  • 11/1963-7/1964 4515th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 7/1964-6/1965 524th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Cannon AFB,  NM, rote to Misawa/Kunsan (F-100)
  • 6/1965-11/1965 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam (F-100)
  • 12/1965-12/1968 4517th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100 IP, AT-33 IP)
  • 12/1968-8/1969 510th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam (F-100;)
  • 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Stan-Eval (flew with 510th, 90th, & 531st)
  •  8/1969-12/1970 4516th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Academic Instructor, 4515th Combat Crew Training Squadron (F-100)
  • 12/1970-12/1972 4th Mechanized Infantry Division/2nd Brigade FAC/ALO, Ft. Carson, CO (O2-A)
  • 1/1973-8/1974 76th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Alex (A-7)
  • 8/1974-8/1975 3rd Tactical Fighter Squadron/388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Chief of Fighter Stan Eval, Korat AB, Thailand (A-7)
  • 8/1975-8/1976 Air Command & Staff (finally got grounded)
  • 8/1976-8/1978 Tactical Air Defense Plans Officer & USAF Advisor to Commander, NATO Amphibious Task Force Atlantic, aboard USS Mt. Whitney (LCC-20), home-ported, Norfolk, VA. (spent 12 of 24 months at sea)
  • 8/1978-5/1981 357th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, DM, Asst Ops/Ops (A-7, A-10)
  • 5/1981-8/1982 CC, 333rd Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, DM, (A-10)
  • 8/1982-4/1984 HQ TAC, Chief of Flight Safety, Langley AFB, VA (grounded again)
  • 4/1984-7/1985 DIA, Washington DC: Attaché, Spanish Language and C-12 training
  • 7/1985-7/1988 US Embassy, Quito Ecuador, Ecuador-Colombia-Peru (C-12)
  • Inter-American Defense College, Ft McNair, Senior USAF Advisor

Awards & Decorations

 Defense Superior Service Medal
 Legion of Merit
 Distinguished Flying Cross
 Meritorious Service Medal
 Air Medal
 USAF Commendation Medal
 Navy Commendation Medal
 Vietnam Service Medal
 Star of the Armed Forces of Ecuador

Flight Info

T-37
T-38
F-100
AT-33
O2-A
A-7
A-10
C-12

Military Education

  • UPT, Willie Air Patch, Class 64-C, F-100 Training @ Luke, Class 65A-1
  • IPIS, T-38, USAF Academic IP Course
  • ICAF, US Army Command & General Staff College, Air Command & Staff College
  • USN Amphibious Warfare Planning School
  • Defense Intelligence/Attaché Course, Spanish Language Training at FSI, Inter-American Defense College

Civilian Education

  • 1962 BS, Oregon State University
  • 1976 MBA, Auburn University
  • 1993 AA, Strayer Business College, Washington, DC
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