William B. Lynch


Preferred Name: Bill

Nickname/Call Sign: Bill

Date Of Birth: January 10, 1943

Highest Military Grade Held: Major General, O8

Hometown: Hazleton, PA

Biography

Retired Major General William B. Lynch was the adjutant general of Pennsylvania. In this State cabinet level position General Lynch was headquartered at Fort Indiantown Gap and was responsible for command, control, and supervision of all Air and Army National Guard units allocated to the State of Pennsylvania. He was also responsible for five state owned Veterans’ Homes, Scotland School for veterans’ children and programs for Pennsylvania’s 1.3 million veterans.

General Lynch was born in New York City on January 10, 1943. A 1964 graduate of Brown University, he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1976 from Ohio Northern University.

General Lynch began his Air Force career in 1965. After Officer Training School, he attended Undergraduate Pilot Training and was assigned as a pilot in RF-4C reconnaissance aircraft. He has completed Air Command and Staff College, Air War College and the National War College in residence.

In 1968, General Lynch was assigned to the 432nd Reconnaissance Wing, Udorn, Thailand. After 100 combat missions over North Vietnam, he was reassigned to the 10th TRW, RAF Alconbury, England.

In January 1972, General Lynch became a flight commander in the 178th Tactical Fighter Group, Ohio Air National Guard, flying the F-100. In 1979, he was assigned to the 27th Tactical Fighter Wing, Cannon AFB, New Mexico, as an F-111D instructor pilot, flight commander and squadron operations officer.

In 1981, he became the Air Force Advisor to the 180th Tactical Fighter Group, Ohio Air National Guard. His duties included

A-7 instructor pilot and standardization/evaluation flight examiner. He remained there until January 1984, when he transferred to the 112th Tactical Fighter Group, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, as Deputy Commander for Operations. In October 1988, General Lynch took the position as Chief, Current Operations Branch, at the Air National Guard Support Center. In this position, he was responsible for the day-to-day flying activities for each of the 91 Air National Guard flying units.

After graduating from the National War College in 1990, General Lynch returned to the National Guard Bureau as Chief of Operations Division. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he was responsible for operational tasking of all 91 flying and 244 support units in the Air National Guard. In April 1991, General Lynch returned to Pittsburgh as Deputy Commander for Operations of the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He served as commander of the 171st Air Refueling Wing from January 1993 until July 1995. He was appointed Deputy Adjutant General – Air July 1, 1995, and was promoted to the rank of major general August 2, 1996.

A command pilot with over 5,000 flying hours, General Lynch has flown the T-37, T-33, F-100, RF-4, F-111, A-7, KC-135 and EC-130. The recipient of several ATop Gun@ awards, he also completed 100 unarmed reconnaissance missions over North Vietnam in the RF-4C.

General Lynch’s military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster, Combat Readiness Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Humanitarian Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon (Long Tour), Air Force Longevity Service Award with six oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm device, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Parachutist Badge, General Stewart Award and General White Award.

In addition to his many military awards, Gen. Lynch was elected to Law Review and received a writing award from the National War College. He served as chairman of the Air Reserve Forces Policy Committee, was Vice President – Air of the National Guard Association of the United States, serves on the board of the Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation and was a member of the Ohio and Federal Bar. General Lynch is married to the former Kathleen A. Killmeyer.

Units Assigned

  • 1965-1966 UPT: Craig AFB
  • 1966-1968 22nd TRS Mt. Home AFB (RF-4C)
  • 1968 11th TRS Udorn RTAFB (RF-4C, AC: 100 Missions North Viet Nam)
  • 1968-1972 1st TRS RAF Alconbury, UK  (RF-4C, IP)
  • 1973-1979 178th Tactical Fighter Group, Flt Cmdr, Ohio ANG, Springfield, OH (F-100)
  • 1979-1981  524th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Cannon AFB, F-111, IP
  •  1981-1984 180th Tactical Fighter Group, AF Advisor, Ohio ANG, Toledo, OH  (A-7D)
  • 1984-1988 112th Tactical Fighter Group, DCO, PA ANG, Pittsburgh PA (A-7D)
  • 1988-1989 National Guard Bureau, Chief Current Ops Branch, Washington, DC
  • 1989-1990 National War College, Ft. McNair, Washington, DC
  • National Guard Bureau, D.C. Chief Operations Division, Washington, DC
  • 1991-1993 171st ARW, DCO,  PA ANG, Pittsburgh PA (KC-135)
  • 1993-1995 171st ARW, Commander, PA ANG, Pittsburgh PA (KC-135)
  • 1995-1999 Dep. Adjutant General, Air, PA National Guard Headquarters
  • 1999-2004 The Adjutant General, PA National Guard Headquarters

Awards & Decorations

 Distinguished Service Medal
 Legion of Merit
 Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Air Medal (with 9 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Air Force Commendation Medal
 Presidential Unit Citation
 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Air Force Organizational Excellence Award (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Combat Readiness Medal (with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star)
 Vietnam Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Stars)
 Humanitarian Service Medal
 Air Force Overseas Ribbon (Long Tour)
 Air Force Longevity Service Award (with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Armed Forces Reserve Medal
 Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
 Air Force Training Ribbon
 Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross (with palm device)
 Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
General White Award

 Parachutist Badge

General Stewart Award

Flight Info

T-37
T-33
F-100
F/RF-4C
F-111
A-7 D
KC-135
EC-130

100 Missions North Viet Nam: 1968, RF-4C
Command Pilot: 5000+ hours

Military Education

  • 1974 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
  • 1982 Air War College, by correspondence
  • 1990 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC

Civilian Education

  • 1964 BA/American literature, Brown University, RI
  • 1976 Juris doctor degree, Ohio Northern University, College of Law
Biography

Biography

Retired Major General William B. Lynch was the adjutant general of Pennsylvania. In this State cabinet level position General Lynch was headquartered at Fort Indiantown Gap and was responsible for command, control, and supervision of all Air and Army National Guard units allocated to the State of Pennsylvania. He was also responsible for five state owned Veterans’ Homes, Scotland School for veterans’ children and programs for Pennsylvania’s 1.3 million veterans.

General Lynch was born in New York City on January 10, 1943. A 1964 graduate of Brown University, he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1976 from Ohio Northern University.

General Lynch began his Air Force career in 1965. After Officer Training School, he attended Undergraduate Pilot Training and was assigned as a pilot in RF-4C reconnaissance aircraft. He has completed Air Command and Staff College, Air War College and the National War College in residence.

In 1968, General Lynch was assigned to the 432nd Reconnaissance Wing, Udorn, Thailand. After 100 combat missions over North Vietnam, he was reassigned to the 10th TRW, RAF Alconbury, England.

In January 1972, General Lynch became a flight commander in the 178th Tactical Fighter Group, Ohio Air National Guard, flying the F-100. In 1979, he was assigned to the 27th Tactical Fighter Wing, Cannon AFB, New Mexico, as an F-111D instructor pilot, flight commander and squadron operations officer.

In 1981, he became the Air Force Advisor to the 180th Tactical Fighter Group, Ohio Air National Guard. His duties included

A-7 instructor pilot and standardization/evaluation flight examiner. He remained there until January 1984, when he transferred to the 112th Tactical Fighter Group, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, as Deputy Commander for Operations. In October 1988, General Lynch took the position as Chief, Current Operations Branch, at the Air National Guard Support Center. In this position, he was responsible for the day-to-day flying activities for each of the 91 Air National Guard flying units.

After graduating from the National War College in 1990, General Lynch returned to the National Guard Bureau as Chief of Operations Division. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he was responsible for operational tasking of all 91 flying and 244 support units in the Air National Guard. In April 1991, General Lynch returned to Pittsburgh as Deputy Commander for Operations of the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He served as commander of the 171st Air Refueling Wing from January 1993 until July 1995. He was appointed Deputy Adjutant General – Air July 1, 1995, and was promoted to the rank of major general August 2, 1996.

A command pilot with over 5,000 flying hours, General Lynch has flown the T-37, T-33, F-100, RF-4, F-111, A-7, KC-135 and EC-130. The recipient of several ATop Gun@ awards, he also completed 100 unarmed reconnaissance missions over North Vietnam in the RF-4C.

General Lynch’s military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster, Combat Readiness Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Humanitarian Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon (Long Tour), Air Force Longevity Service Award with six oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm device, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Parachutist Badge, General Stewart Award and General White Award.

In addition to his many military awards, Gen. Lynch was elected to Law Review and received a writing award from the National War College. He served as chairman of the Air Reserve Forces Policy Committee, was Vice President – Air of the National Guard Association of the United States, serves on the board of the Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation and was a member of the Ohio and Federal Bar. General Lynch is married to the former Kathleen A. Killmeyer.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 1965-1966 UPT: Craig AFB
  • 1966-1968 22nd TRS Mt. Home AFB (RF-4C)
  • 1968 11th TRS Udorn RTAFB (RF-4C, AC: 100 Missions North Viet Nam)
  • 1968-1972 1st TRS RAF Alconbury, UK  (RF-4C, IP)
  • 1973-1979 178th Tactical Fighter Group, Flt Cmdr, Ohio ANG, Springfield, OH (F-100)
  • 1979-1981  524th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Cannon AFB, F-111, IP
  •  1981-1984 180th Tactical Fighter Group, AF Advisor, Ohio ANG, Toledo, OH  (A-7D)
  • 1984-1988 112th Tactical Fighter Group, DCO, PA ANG, Pittsburgh PA (A-7D)
  • 1988-1989 National Guard Bureau, Chief Current Ops Branch, Washington, DC
  • 1989-1990 National War College, Ft. McNair, Washington, DC
  • National Guard Bureau, D.C. Chief Operations Division, Washington, DC
  • 1991-1993 171st ARW, DCO,  PA ANG, Pittsburgh PA (KC-135)
  • 1993-1995 171st ARW, Commander, PA ANG, Pittsburgh PA (KC-135)
  • 1995-1999 Dep. Adjutant General, Air, PA National Guard Headquarters
  • 1999-2004 The Adjutant General, PA National Guard Headquarters

Awards & Decorations

 Distinguished Service Medal
 Legion of Merit
 Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Air Medal (with 9 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Air Force Commendation Medal
 Presidential Unit Citation
 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Air Force Organizational Excellence Award (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Combat Readiness Medal (with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star)
 Vietnam Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Stars)
 Humanitarian Service Medal
 Air Force Overseas Ribbon (Long Tour)
 Air Force Longevity Service Award (with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Armed Forces Reserve Medal
 Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
 Air Force Training Ribbon
 Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross (with palm device)
 Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
General White Award

 Parachutist Badge

General Stewart Award

Flight Info

T-37
T-33
F-100
F/RF-4C
F-111
A-7 D
KC-135
EC-130

100 Missions North Viet Nam: 1968, RF-4C
Command Pilot: 5000+ hours

Military Education

  • 1974 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
  • 1982 Air War College, by correspondence
  • 1990 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC

Civilian Education

  • 1964 BA/American literature, Brown University, RI
  • 1976 Juris doctor degree, Ohio Northern University, College of Law
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