Henry J. Pirkkala, Jr.


 

Preferred Name: John

Nickname/Call Sign:

Date of Birth: September 11, 1940

Highest Military Grade Held: Major

Hometown: New Castle, PA

Biography

Units Assigned
12/1959-3/1960 Aviation Cadet, Lackland AFB, TX
3/1960-11/1960 Navigation School, Harlington, TX
11/1960-6/1961 RO School, James Connely, Waco, TX, F-89J (backseat)
6/1961-5/1966 Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, OR, got my private and commercial pilot’s license while there, F-101B, T-34
1964 Pilot Training, Laredo, TX
6/1966-6/1967 Pilot training, Laredo, TX, won the flying training trophy and was Distinguished Graduate, T-37
8/1967-3/1968 Training, 429th Tactical Fighter Squadron, “Black Falcons”, Cannon AFB, NM, F-100
4/1968-4/1969 352nd Tactical Fighter Squadron “Yellow Jackets”, “Top Gun” (March 1969), Phan Rang, Vietnam, F-100
7/1969-8/1969 IP Training, Tyndal AFB, FL, T-38
9/1969-10/1972 IP, Webb AFB, TX, T38 Note: While at Webb, Buck IP, D/C Flight Commander, Section One chief, T-38 Stand Eval
10/1972-10//1976 Survival School, Staff, Fairchild AFB, WA, SAC-Puke, T-29, T-41
10/1976-4/1977 Forward Air Controller Training, Patrick AFB, FL, OV-10
5/1977-7/1978 Advisor to Rep. of Korea 6th Corps., Camp Red Cloud, 19th TASS, Osan AB, Korea, OV-10
1978-1980 Det 6 Advisor (Army 3rd/5th Calvary), Ft Lewis, WA, OH-58 Kiowa, Huey, AH-1 Cobra helicopters
6/1980 Retired

Flight Info

F-89J (Navigator)
F-101 B (Navigator)
T-33 (Navigator)
T-34
T-37
F-100
T-38
T-29
T-41
OV-10

Awards

 Army Commendation Medal
 Distinguished Flying Cross
 Air Medal (12)
 Meritorious Service Medal (2)
 Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm
 Korean Service Medal

Military Education

1972-1976 Survival School, Fairchild AFB, WA
Forward Air Controller Training, Patrick AFB, FL
Squadron Officer School – Correspondence
Command and Staff – Correspondence
Industrial College of the Armed Forces – Correspondence
ICAF – Correspondence

Civilian Education

1958 Union High School, New Castle, PA
1964 BS/History, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Teacher Certification, Eastern Washington University

Biography

Biography

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned
12/1959-3/1960 Aviation Cadet, Lackland AFB, TX
3/1960-11/1960 Navigation School, Harlington, TX
11/1960-6/1961 RO School, James Connely, Waco, TX, F-89J (backseat)
6/1961-5/1966 Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, OR, got my private and commercial pilot’s license while there, F-101B, T-34
1964 Pilot Training, Laredo, TX
6/1966-6/1967 Pilot training, Laredo, TX, won the flying training trophy and was Distinguished Graduate, T-37
8/1967-3/1968 Training, 429th Tactical Fighter Squadron, “Black Falcons”, Cannon AFB, NM, F-100
4/1968-4/1969 352nd Tactical Fighter Squadron “Yellow Jackets”, “Top Gun” (March 1969), Phan Rang, Vietnam, F-100
7/1969-8/1969 IP Training, Tyndal AFB, FL, T-38
9/1969-10/1972 IP, Webb AFB, TX, T38 Note: While at Webb, Buck IP, D/C Flight Commander, Section One chief, T-38 Stand Eval
10/1972-10//1976 Survival School, Staff, Fairchild AFB, WA, SAC-Puke, T-29, T-41
10/1976-4/1977 Forward Air Controller Training, Patrick AFB, FL, OV-10
5/1977-7/1978 Advisor to Rep. of Korea 6th Corps., Camp Red Cloud, 19th TASS, Osan AB, Korea, OV-10
1978-1980 Det 6 Advisor (Army 3rd/5th Calvary), Ft Lewis, WA, OH-58 Kiowa, Huey, AH-1 Cobra helicopters
6/1980 Retired

Flight Info

F-89J (Navigator)
F-101 B (Navigator)
T-33 (Navigator)
T-34
T-37
F-100
T-38
T-29
T-41
OV-10

Awards

 Army Commendation Medal
 Distinguished Flying Cross
 Air Medal (12)
 Meritorious Service Medal (2)
 Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm
 Korean Service Medal

Military Education

1972-1976 Survival School, Fairchild AFB, WA
Forward Air Controller Training, Patrick AFB, FL
Squadron Officer School – Correspondence
Command and Staff – Correspondence
Industrial College of the Armed Forces – Correspondence
ICAF – Correspondence

Civilian Education

1958 Union High School, New Castle, PA
1964 BS/History, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Teacher Certification, Eastern Washington University

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