Richard R. Hefton



Preferred Name:
 Dick

Nickname/Call Sign: Dick

Date of Birth: February 6, 1930

Highest Military Grade Held: Brigadier General, O-7

Hometown: Muskogee, OK

Biography

I was a member of the wing and the first squadron to receive the F100A. I tried to prepare a story of the momentous days, the grounding and details of the ultimate solution which resulted in the making of this great fighter. I knew all the great men involved in the problem as well as the solution. 
Brigadier General Richard (Dick) R. Hefton is the retired commander of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The general was born on February 6, 1930, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and graduated from Central High School, Muskogee in 1948.  He attended the University of Oklahoma for two and one half years and earned a bachelor’s degree in business management there in 1957 after his return from active duty. He also attended the American Press Institute, Columbia University, New York City, N.Y., 1961. His military schools include Air Command and Staff College, 1975; and the National Defense University, 1978.
General Hefton began his military career by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force on January 3, 1951, attending basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and clerk-typist school at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute Cookeville, Tennessee, where-he attained the rank of airman second class.As an aviation cadet, he attended primary flight training at Kinston AB, NC, basic at Perrin AFB, TX, advanced at Craig Air Force Base, AL, and post-graduate at Nellis AFB, NV. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve on December 18, 1952. After graduation from Fighter Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada in 1953, he was assigned to the 436th Tactical Fighter Squadron, George Air Force Base, California, and flew F-86 aircraft. He was released from active duty in October 1955.
In January 1956, he joined the 185th Fighter Squadron, Oklahoma Air National Guard, as an interceptor pilot, and in 1961, qualified as a troop carrier pilot with the 65th Troop Carrier Squadron, Davis Field, Oklahoma.
In 1962, General Hefton joined the 188th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, Arkansas Air National Guard, Fort Smith Air National Guard Base, as a reconnaissance pilot, flight commander and standardization and evaluation flight examiner. In June 1973, he was appointed staff air operations officer, Headquarters, Oklahoma Air National Guard. He later served as staff public affairs officer, and in 1980, became executive support staff officer, serving as chief of staff, and was later assigned as assistant adjutant general for Air for Oklahoma. He retired in 1990 as Commander, OKANG.
The general is a command pilot with more than 2,500 flying hours in T-6, T-33, L-20, C-119, F-80A/B/C, F-86E/F/H, RF-84F, RF-101C, F-101B/F and F-100D/F aircraft. His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award with nine Oak Leaf Clusters, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Association Exceptional Service Award, Oklahoma Meritorious Service Medal, Governor’s Distinguished Unit Award Ribbon and the Oklahoma National Guard Long Service Award.
General Hefton is in the newspaper publishing business, owning and operating daily and weekly newspapers in Oklahoma for the past 40 years.
His civic affiliations include Oklahoma Press Association, past president and treasurer; Midwest City and McAlester (Okla.) Chambers of Commerce, past president; McAlester United Fund and Industrial Foundation,, past president; Jaycees, past state vice president; Military Order of the World Wars. Central Oklahoma Newspaper Group, Inc., president; and Suburban Graphics, Inc., president.  He is a member of the Rotary International (32 years); Presbyterian Church; National Guard Associations of the United States and Oklahoma; and was the Air National Guard advisor to the national president, Air Force Association. The general is an Eagle Scout and he was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1986.
He is married to the former Rhonda King. They have five children. (1)
Source: (1) http://www.52g-52hpilots.org/generals/General+Hefton.htm

Units Assigned

  • 1/1951 Enlisted USAF, Lackland AFB, TX
  • 11/1951 Aviation Cadet, Stallings AB, Kinston, NC (AT-6)
  • 6/1951 Perrin AFB, TX (AT-6, T-28)
  • 12/1952 UPT Craig AFB, AL (T-33)
  • 4/1953 Fighter-Gunnery Nellis AFB, NV (F-80A, F-86E)
  • 4/1953-110/1955 479th Fighter-Bomber Wing/436th Fighter-Bomber Squadrn, George AFB, CA (F-86, F-25, F-100, F-86, H-10)
    413th Fighter Day Group/34th Fighter Day Squadron (Flt Cmdr, IP, Eng Test., A/C Accident Investigator.)
  • 10/1955 Released from Active Duty, joined Oklahoma Air National Guard
  • 1/1956 185th Fighter Squadron, Oklahoma ANG (F-80C, T-33)
  • 1961 65th Troop Carrier Squadron, David Field, OK
  • 1962-1971 184th TRS, Arkansas ANG, Fort Smith ANG Base (RF-84F, RF-101C, F-101B-F)
  • 1971-1972 184th Tactical Fighter Squadron (F-100F, F100D)
  • 1972-1990 Headquarters Oklahoma ANG, OKANG
  • 3/1/1990 Retired USAF

Awards and Decorations

Legion of Merit
 Meritorious Service Medal
 Air Force Commendation Medal
 Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
 Combat Readiness Medal
 National Defense Service Medal
 Air Force Longevity Service Award with nine Oak Leaf Clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
 Oklahoma Meritorious Service Medal
 Governor’s Distinguished Unit Award Ribbon
 Oklahoma National Guard Long Service Award
Air Force Association Exceptional Service Award

Flight Info

AT-6
AT-28
T-28
F-80 A/B/C
F-86 E/F/H
F-25
H-10
T-33
RF-84 F
RF-101C
F-101 B/F
F-100 D/F
C-119
C-130H
A-7K
Command Pilot with over
Flight Hours (Military) 2,400 hours
Flight Hours (Civilian) 3,000

Military Education

  • 1975 Air Command and Staff College
  • 1978 National Defense University

Civilian Education

  • 1948 Central High School, Muskogee, OK
  • 1951 Clerk-typist school, Tennessee Polytechnic Institute Cookeville, TN
  • 1957 BBA University of Oklahoma
  • 1961 American Press Institute, Columbia University, New York City, NY
Biography

Biography

I was a member of the wing and the first squadron to receive the F100A. I tried to prepare a story of the momentous days, the grounding and details of the ultimate solution which resulted in the making of this great fighter. I knew all the great men involved in the problem as well as the solution. 
Brigadier General Richard (Dick) R. Hefton is the retired commander of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The general was born on February 6, 1930, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and graduated from Central High School, Muskogee in 1948.  He attended the University of Oklahoma for two and one half years and earned a bachelor’s degree in business management there in 1957 after his return from active duty. He also attended the American Press Institute, Columbia University, New York City, N.Y., 1961. His military schools include Air Command and Staff College, 1975; and the National Defense University, 1978.
General Hefton began his military career by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force on January 3, 1951, attending basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and clerk-typist school at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute Cookeville, Tennessee, where-he attained the rank of airman second class.As an aviation cadet, he attended primary flight training at Kinston AB, NC, basic at Perrin AFB, TX, advanced at Craig Air Force Base, AL, and post-graduate at Nellis AFB, NV. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve on December 18, 1952. After graduation from Fighter Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada in 1953, he was assigned to the 436th Tactical Fighter Squadron, George Air Force Base, California, and flew F-86 aircraft. He was released from active duty in October 1955.
In January 1956, he joined the 185th Fighter Squadron, Oklahoma Air National Guard, as an interceptor pilot, and in 1961, qualified as a troop carrier pilot with the 65th Troop Carrier Squadron, Davis Field, Oklahoma.
In 1962, General Hefton joined the 188th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, Arkansas Air National Guard, Fort Smith Air National Guard Base, as a reconnaissance pilot, flight commander and standardization and evaluation flight examiner. In June 1973, he was appointed staff air operations officer, Headquarters, Oklahoma Air National Guard. He later served as staff public affairs officer, and in 1980, became executive support staff officer, serving as chief of staff, and was later assigned as assistant adjutant general for Air for Oklahoma. He retired in 1990 as Commander, OKANG.
The general is a command pilot with more than 2,500 flying hours in T-6, T-33, L-20, C-119, F-80A/B/C, F-86E/F/H, RF-84F, RF-101C, F-101B/F and F-100D/F aircraft. His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award with nine Oak Leaf Clusters, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Association Exceptional Service Award, Oklahoma Meritorious Service Medal, Governor’s Distinguished Unit Award Ribbon and the Oklahoma National Guard Long Service Award.
General Hefton is in the newspaper publishing business, owning and operating daily and weekly newspapers in Oklahoma for the past 40 years.
His civic affiliations include Oklahoma Press Association, past president and treasurer; Midwest City and McAlester (Okla.) Chambers of Commerce, past president; McAlester United Fund and Industrial Foundation,, past president; Jaycees, past state vice president; Military Order of the World Wars. Central Oklahoma Newspaper Group, Inc., president; and Suburban Graphics, Inc., president.  He is a member of the Rotary International (32 years); Presbyterian Church; National Guard Associations of the United States and Oklahoma; and was the Air National Guard advisor to the national president, Air Force Association. The general is an Eagle Scout and he was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1986.
He is married to the former Rhonda King. They have five children. (1)
Source: (1) http://www.52g-52hpilots.org/generals/General+Hefton.htm

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1/1951 Enlisted USAF, Lackland AFB, TX
  • 11/1951 Aviation Cadet, Stallings AB, Kinston, NC (AT-6)
  • 6/1951 Perrin AFB, TX (AT-6, T-28)
  • 12/1952 UPT Craig AFB, AL (T-33)
  • 4/1953 Fighter-Gunnery Nellis AFB, NV (F-80A, F-86E)
  • 4/1953-110/1955 479th Fighter-Bomber Wing/436th Fighter-Bomber Squadrn, George AFB, CA (F-86, F-25, F-100, F-86, H-10)
    413th Fighter Day Group/34th Fighter Day Squadron (Flt Cmdr, IP, Eng Test., A/C Accident Investigator.)
  • 10/1955 Released from Active Duty, joined Oklahoma Air National Guard
  • 1/1956 185th Fighter Squadron, Oklahoma ANG (F-80C, T-33)
  • 1961 65th Troop Carrier Squadron, David Field, OK
  • 1962-1971 184th TRS, Arkansas ANG, Fort Smith ANG Base (RF-84F, RF-101C, F-101B-F)
  • 1971-1972 184th Tactical Fighter Squadron (F-100F, F100D)
  • 1972-1990 Headquarters Oklahoma ANG, OKANG
  • 3/1/1990 Retired USAF

Awards and Decorations

Legion of Merit
 Meritorious Service Medal
 Air Force Commendation Medal
 Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
 Combat Readiness Medal
 National Defense Service Medal
 Air Force Longevity Service Award with nine Oak Leaf Clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
 Oklahoma Meritorious Service Medal
 Governor’s Distinguished Unit Award Ribbon
 Oklahoma National Guard Long Service Award
Air Force Association Exceptional Service Award

Flight Info

AT-6
AT-28
T-28
F-80 A/B/C
F-86 E/F/H
F-25
H-10
T-33
RF-84 F
RF-101C
F-101 B/F
F-100 D/F
C-119
C-130H
A-7K
Command Pilot with over
Flight Hours (Military) 2,400 hours
Flight Hours (Civilian) 3,000

Military Education

  • 1975 Air Command and Staff College
  • 1978 National Defense University

Civilian Education

  • 1948 Central High School, Muskogee, OK
  • 1951 Clerk-typist school, Tennessee Polytechnic Institute Cookeville, TN
  • 1957 BBA University of Oklahoma
  • 1961 American Press Institute, Columbia University, New York City, NY
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