William J. Kriz


Preferred Name: Bill
Nickname/Call Sign: Bill
Date Of Birth: November 5, 1931
Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel, O-6
Hometown: Berwyn, IL

Biography

After USAF retirement, entered the metal sales arena. Served as San Antonio branch manager of Westbrook Metals Inc. for over 19 years. Retired in 1996.

Units Assigned

  • Dec ’51 – Basic Training, Lackland AFB, TX. (Promoted to PFC upon completion)
  • Mar ’52 – Control Tower Operator course, Keesler AFB, MS. (Promoted to Corporal (A/2nd class))
  • Jul ’52 – Aviation Cadet class 53-E, Greenville, MS. Graham Aviation, civilian contract flying school. Basic, T-6.
  • Jan ’53 – Webb AFB, TX. Advanced, T-28 & T-33.
  • Aug ’53 – Commissioned 2Lt and received pilot’s wings.
  • Sep ’53 – Gunnery School, Nellis AFB, F-86F
  • Jan ’54 – 12th FBS, 18th FBG, K-55 Korea, F-86F.
  • Jan ’55 – 722nd FBS, 450th FBW, Foster AFB, TX. F-86F
  • Oct ’55 – 722nd FDS, 450th FDW Foster AFB, TX F-100 C.
  • Jul ’58 – 474th TFS, 413th TFW, George AFB, CA. F-100D.
  • Jan ’59 – 309th TFS, 31st TFW, George AFB, CA. F-100D
  • Jul ’60 – 308th TFS, 31st TFW, George AFB, CA. F-100D
  • Oct ’60 – 44th TFS, 18th TFW, Kadena AB, Okinawa, F-100D.
  • Feb ’63 – 333rd TFS, 4th TFW, Seymour-Johnson AFB, NC, F-105D.
  • Apr ’63 – 336th TFS, 4th TFW, Seymour-Johnson AFB, NC, F-105D/B.
  • Jul ’65 – 7th TFS, 49th TFW, Spangdahlem AB, Germany, F-105D.
  • Jan ’67 – 421st TFS, 388th TFW, Korat AB, Thailand, F-105D.
  • Apr ’67 – 44th TFS, 388th TFW, Korat AB, Thailand, F-105D.
  • Aug ’67 – (Finished 100 missions North, F-105D. Awarded 2 Silver Stars, 4 DFC’s, & 13 Air Medals.)
  • Sep ’67 – 3515th PTS, 3510th PTW, Randolph, AFB, TX, T-38.
  • Sep ’70 – Command Studies Div.,ATC Plans, Randolph AFB, T-29.
  • Apr ’73 – ATC IG, RAFB, No Fly.
  • Aug ’74 – Retired. (Awarded Legion of Merit)

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

Military Education

S.O.S. – Personal Equipment Officer course + usual survival courses @ Fairchild & Clark.

Civilian Education

2 years Junior College

Biography

Biography

After USAF retirement, entered the metal sales arena. Served as San Antonio branch manager of Westbrook Metals Inc. for over 19 years. Retired in 1996.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • Dec ’51 – Basic Training, Lackland AFB, TX. (Promoted to PFC upon completion)
  • Mar ’52 – Control Tower Operator course, Keesler AFB, MS. (Promoted to Corporal (A/2nd class))
  • Jul ’52 – Aviation Cadet class 53-E, Greenville, MS. Graham Aviation, civilian contract flying school. Basic, T-6.
  • Jan ’53 – Webb AFB, TX. Advanced, T-28 & T-33.
  • Aug ’53 – Commissioned 2Lt and received pilot’s wings.
  • Sep ’53 – Gunnery School, Nellis AFB, F-86F
  • Jan ’54 – 12th FBS, 18th FBG, K-55 Korea, F-86F.
  • Jan ’55 – 722nd FBS, 450th FBW, Foster AFB, TX. F-86F
  • Oct ’55 – 722nd FDS, 450th FDW Foster AFB, TX F-100 C.
  • Jul ’58 – 474th TFS, 413th TFW, George AFB, CA. F-100D.
  • Jan ’59 – 309th TFS, 31st TFW, George AFB, CA. F-100D
  • Jul ’60 – 308th TFS, 31st TFW, George AFB, CA. F-100D
  • Oct ’60 – 44th TFS, 18th TFW, Kadena AB, Okinawa, F-100D.
  • Feb ’63 – 333rd TFS, 4th TFW, Seymour-Johnson AFB, NC, F-105D.
  • Apr ’63 – 336th TFS, 4th TFW, Seymour-Johnson AFB, NC, F-105D/B.
  • Jul ’65 – 7th TFS, 49th TFW, Spangdahlem AB, Germany, F-105D.
  • Jan ’67 – 421st TFS, 388th TFW, Korat AB, Thailand, F-105D.
  • Apr ’67 – 44th TFS, 388th TFW, Korat AB, Thailand, F-105D.
  • Aug ’67 – (Finished 100 missions North, F-105D. Awarded 2 Silver Stars, 4 DFC’s, & 13 Air Medals.)
  • Sep ’67 – 3515th PTS, 3510th PTW, Randolph, AFB, TX, T-38.
  • Sep ’70 – Command Studies Div.,ATC Plans, Randolph AFB, T-29.
  • Apr ’73 – ATC IG, RAFB, No Fly.
  • Aug ’74 – Retired. (Awarded Legion of Merit)

Awards & Decorations

Flight Info

Military Education

S.O.S. – Personal Equipment Officer course + usual survival courses @ Fairchild & Clark.

Civilian Education

2 years Junior College

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