Gladstone J. Prater


Preferred Name: Joe
Nickname/Call Sign:
Date of Birth:  October 29, 1942
Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel, O6
Hometown: St. George, UT

Biography

After retiring from the USAF, Joe worked in banking until 1997. In 1997 began serving as Dean of Instruction at Valdosta Technical College in Valdosta, GA.
Afer retiring (for good) in June of 2008, Joe and his wife Kathy moved to Colorado to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Units Assigned

  • 1964-1967 Non-Rated, Kelly AFB, TX
  • 1967-1968  UPT, Randolph AFB, TX (T-41, T-37, T-38)
  • 1968  F-100 Combat Crew Training, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 1969 309th Tactical Fighter Squadron/31st Tactical Fighter Wing, Tuy Hoa AB, Vietnam (F-100D/F)
  • 1970-1972 494thTactical Fighter Squadron/48th Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, UK (F-100D/F)
  • 1972-1974 493rd Tactical Fighter Squadron/48th Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, UK (F-4D)
  • 1974-1975 27th Tactical Fighter Squadron/1st Tactical Fighter Wing, 61st Tactical Fighter Squadron/56Wing, MacDill AFB, FL (F-4E)
  • 1976-1978 USAFADS, Nellis AFB, NV (T-38)
  • 1978-1980 TAC Headquarters, Langley AFB, VA
  • 1980-1981 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 1981-1982 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron (Commander)/8th Tactical Fighter Wing/51st Tactical Fighter Wing, Taegu AB, Korea (F-4D/E)
  • 1982-1984 347th Tactical Fighter Wing, Moody AFB, GA (F-4E)
  • 1984-1986 USAF Headquarters, The Pentagon, Washington, DC
  • 1986-1990 347 Tactical Fighter Wing (DO, Vice Commander, Commander) Moody AFB, GA (F-4E/F-16A)

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

T-41
T-37
T-38
F-100 D/F
F-4 D/E
F-16A

Military Education

  • 1981 Air War College

Civilian Education

  • 1964, Florida State University
Biography

Biography

After retiring from the USAF, Joe worked in banking until 1997. In 1997 began serving as Dean of Instruction at Valdosta Technical College in Valdosta, GA.
Afer retiring (for good) in June of 2008, Joe and his wife Kathy moved to Colorado to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1964-1967 Non-Rated, Kelly AFB, TX
  • 1967-1968  UPT, Randolph AFB, TX (T-41, T-37, T-38)
  • 1968  F-100 Combat Crew Training, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 1969 309th Tactical Fighter Squadron/31st Tactical Fighter Wing, Tuy Hoa AB, Vietnam (F-100D/F)
  • 1970-1972 494thTactical Fighter Squadron/48th Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, UK (F-100D/F)
  • 1972-1974 493rd Tactical Fighter Squadron/48th Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, UK (F-4D)
  • 1974-1975 27th Tactical Fighter Squadron/1st Tactical Fighter Wing, 61st Tactical Fighter Squadron/56Wing, MacDill AFB, FL (F-4E)
  • 1976-1978 USAFADS, Nellis AFB, NV (T-38)
  • 1978-1980 TAC Headquarters, Langley AFB, VA
  • 1980-1981 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 1981-1982 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron (Commander)/8th Tactical Fighter Wing/51st Tactical Fighter Wing, Taegu AB, Korea (F-4D/E)
  • 1982-1984 347th Tactical Fighter Wing, Moody AFB, GA (F-4E)
  • 1984-1986 USAF Headquarters, The Pentagon, Washington, DC
  • 1986-1990 347 Tactical Fighter Wing (DO, Vice Commander, Commander) Moody AFB, GA (F-4E/F-16A)

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

T-41
T-37
T-38
F-100 D/F
F-4 D/E
F-16A

Military Education

  • 1981 Air War College

Civilian Education

  • 1964, Florida State University
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