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
William H. L. Mullins
“Brigadier General William H.L. Mullins is deputy director, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
General Mullins was born in Independence, Mo., in 1935. He graduated from Hannibal High School, Mo., in 1953; the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1957; and the University of Arizona, where he earned a master’s degree in business administration in 1966. General Mullins is also a graduate from the Squadron Officer School, the Air Command and Staff College, and the National War College.
Following graduation from the academy, General Mullins attended flight training and received his pilot wings in 1958. Following advanced pilot training, he completed his first operational assignment as an F-100 pilot with the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing at Itazuke Air Base, Japan, serving from June 1959 to June 1961. For the next two years, General Mullins was aide-de-camp to the commander of Thirteenth Air Force at Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines, while remaining combat-ready in the F-100.
In July 1963 he returned to the United States for assignment as an F-4 instructor pilot, with duty at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., and later at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. General Mullins attended the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., from August 1966 to August 1967. He then rejoined the 8th TFW at Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, as the wing F-4 Standardization and Evaluation Chief.
General Mullins next had duty as a staff officer at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., where he served in the Directorate of Operations from August 1968 until June 1970, when he was reassigned to the Directorate of Budget. In August 1971, he entered the National War College at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
In July 1972, General Mullins was assigned to the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., serving first as assistant deputy commander for operations and later as deputy commander for operations. In March 1974 he was selected for duty as a member of the Chief of Staff’s Six-Man Group. General Mullins joined the Secretary of the Air Force’s Office of Legislative Liaison in April 1975 as chief, House Liaison Office, and in April 1977 became deputy director, Legislative Liaison.
A command pilot, General Mullins flew a total of 146 combat missions, of which 116 were over North Vietnam. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross with four oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with 12 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster and “V” device.”