Dean W. Radueg
A lot of us know Henry Buttelmann. (Vince Cattolica did a nice article on him for The Intake, Fall 2019). He was my Squadron Commander in the 308 TFS in 1970. Buttelmann and I ended up on alert together one day, and true to his competitive nature he said, “Dean when we get scrambled, first one to the arming area leads the mission.”
True to my competitive nature, I was determined to beat him to the taxiway. I was first to the aircraft which encouraged me all the more. I pulled out of the revetment with a little more than usual power (pretty close to MIL), and as I turned and looked back, the first thing I saw was the pages of the 781 flying 50 plus feet in the air, and the next thing I saw was the crew chief plastered against the back of the revetment.
Buttelmann still beat me to the arming area, and I can’t say I remember much about the mission. When we got back to debrief, the Chief of Maintenance was there and said, “Lieutenant, I think you owe your crew chief an apology, and here’s the 781 for you to put back together”. And what did Buttelmann do? He didn’t say a word. He just smiled at me through the debrief, and then rose and said “See ‘ya later”, as I spent the next 30 minutes putting the 781 back together. I flew with him at least a few more times, and it was always exciting.
After 28 years in the USAF, my wife Cathy and I settled in Breckenridge, Colorado. I had always wanted to live in the mountains near a ski area. But I kept failing retirement.
I was a Property Manager at Keystone Ski Resort for a while. Then I started my own business installing countertops and cabinets. I was also an instructor at Breckenridge Ski Resort for 7 years.
I terminated my business and became the Manager at the Breckenridge Recreation Center. Then I started another business doing home inspections.
We moved to the Front Range (Thornton, CO) in 2006 and I finally fully retired in 2013.
Cathy and I are staying plenty busy now – skiing, golf, travel, music (I’m in two community choirs and directing our local choir), and spending as much time as we can with the grandkids.
- 1968-1969 UPT Vance AFB, OK
- 1969 RTU Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
- 1970 308th Tactical Fighter Squadron/31st Tactical Fighter Wing, Tuy Hoa AB, Vietnam (F-100)
- 1970-1972 308th Tactical Fighter Squadron & 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, England AFB, LA (F-100)
- 1972-1976 F-111 RTU/422 Fighter Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV (F-111)
- 1976-1979 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron, RAF Upper Heyford, England (F-111E)
- 1979-1981 USAFE IG Team Ramstein AB (flying F-111F from RAF Lakenheath)
- 1981-1983 AFOTEC Project Manager, Eglin AFB, FL
- 1983-1984 HTACC SODO, Osan AB, Korea
- 1984-1988 Cannon AFB, NM/523rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Sq Commander (F-111D)
- 1988-1989 National War College, Ft. McNair, VA
- 1989-1991 Pentagon, Air Staff
- 1991-1993 RAF Lakenheath Wing Vice Commander and Wing Commander (F-111F, F-15E)
- 1993-1994 3rd AF Vice Commander, RAF Mildenhall, England
- 1994-1995 14th AF Chief of Operations, Vandenburg AFB
Awards & Decorations
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Military & Civilian Education
- National War College
- MS/Political Science