William R. Hockensmith


 

Preferred Name: Bill

Nickname/Call Sign: Hock

Date Of Birth: February 21, 1940

Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel, O-6

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Biography

Great memories of good people, interesting places, fantastic airplanes, and the wonderful flying and good times that went with them.

Units Assigned

1962 OTS class 63-C, Lackland AFB, TX
1963-1965 576 Strat Missile Sq, Vandenberg AFB, CA, Atlas E launch crew and VAFB aero club, T-34
1965-1966 UPT class 66-G, Williams AFB, AZ, T-37, T-38
1966 Class 67-C-2, 4514 CCTS, Luke AFB, AZ, F-100
1967-1968 416 TFS, Bien Hoa and Phu Cat, RVN, F-100
1968-1970 55 TFS, RAF Wethersfield, UK, F-100
1970-1971 311 and 426 TFTS, Luke AFB, AZ, F-100
1971-1972 418 TFTS and 58 TTS, Luke AFB, AZ, F-104G
1972-1973 ACSC, Maxwell AFB, AL
1973-1976 Rated Officer Mgt, AFMPC, Randolph AFB, TX, T-39
1976-1977 Arabic Language Tng, DLI, Presidio of Monterey, CA
1977 425 TFTS, Williams AFB, AZ, F-5E
1977-1979 American Embassy, Amman, Jordan, Air Attache and Ch, AF Mil Assist Pgm, F-5A&E with Royal Jordanian Air Force
1979-1981 479 TTW ADO, Holloman AFB, NM, AT-38
1981-1982 388 TFW DCO, Hill AFB, UT, F-16
1982-1983 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
1983-1985 Ch, Systems Mgt Div (MMS), SA-ALC, Kelly AFB, TX
1985-1987 Ch, Resources Mgt Div (MMM), SA-ALC
1987-1989 Dir, Communications-Computer Sys, SA-ALC
Sep 1989 Air Force retirement

Civilian Employment

1990-1991 Chrysler Technologies Airborne Systems, Waco, TX
1991-1998 Tech Ops, Northwest Airlines, Eagan, MN
1998-2005 Aviation Services, Rockwell Collins, Pomona, CA
Sep 2005 Retired (luckily we sold the CA house at market peak, and moved to TX near the grandkids)

Awards

 Legion of Merit
 Distinguished Flying Cross (with 3 oak leaf clusters)
 Bronze Star
 Defense Meritorious Service Medal
 Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster)
 Air Medal (with 14 oak leaf clusters)
 Air Force Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster)
 Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm

UPT flying training award

Flight Info

T-34
F-100
F-104 G
T-39
F-5 A/E
AT-38
F-16

1629 hours in F-100; 300 F-100 combat missions
F-100 class top gun

Military Education

1973 ACSC
1983 Air War College

Distinguished graduate of OTS, UPT, ACSC, and AWC

Civilian Education

1962 BA/Math, William Jewell College, MO
1972 MBA, University of Utah

Biography

Biography

Great memories of good people, interesting places, fantastic airplanes, and the wonderful flying and good times that went with them.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

1962 OTS class 63-C, Lackland AFB, TX
1963-1965 576 Strat Missile Sq, Vandenberg AFB, CA, Atlas E launch crew and VAFB aero club, T-34
1965-1966 UPT class 66-G, Williams AFB, AZ, T-37, T-38
1966 Class 67-C-2, 4514 CCTS, Luke AFB, AZ, F-100
1967-1968 416 TFS, Bien Hoa and Phu Cat, RVN, F-100
1968-1970 55 TFS, RAF Wethersfield, UK, F-100
1970-1971 311 and 426 TFTS, Luke AFB, AZ, F-100
1971-1972 418 TFTS and 58 TTS, Luke AFB, AZ, F-104G
1972-1973 ACSC, Maxwell AFB, AL
1973-1976 Rated Officer Mgt, AFMPC, Randolph AFB, TX, T-39
1976-1977 Arabic Language Tng, DLI, Presidio of Monterey, CA
1977 425 TFTS, Williams AFB, AZ, F-5E
1977-1979 American Embassy, Amman, Jordan, Air Attache and Ch, AF Mil Assist Pgm, F-5A&E with Royal Jordanian Air Force
1979-1981 479 TTW ADO, Holloman AFB, NM, AT-38
1981-1982 388 TFW DCO, Hill AFB, UT, F-16
1982-1983 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
1983-1985 Ch, Systems Mgt Div (MMS), SA-ALC, Kelly AFB, TX
1985-1987 Ch, Resources Mgt Div (MMM), SA-ALC
1987-1989 Dir, Communications-Computer Sys, SA-ALC
Sep 1989 Air Force retirement

Civilian Employment

1990-1991 Chrysler Technologies Airborne Systems, Waco, TX
1991-1998 Tech Ops, Northwest Airlines, Eagan, MN
1998-2005 Aviation Services, Rockwell Collins, Pomona, CA
Sep 2005 Retired (luckily we sold the CA house at market peak, and moved to TX near the grandkids)

Awards

 Legion of Merit
 Distinguished Flying Cross (with 3 oak leaf clusters)
 Bronze Star
 Defense Meritorious Service Medal
 Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster)
 Air Medal (with 14 oak leaf clusters)
 Air Force Commendation Medal (with oak leaf cluster)
 Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm

UPT flying training award

Flight Info

T-34
F-100
F-104 G
T-39
F-5 A/E
AT-38
F-16

1629 hours in F-100; 300 F-100 combat missions
F-100 class top gun

Military Education

1973 ACSC
1983 Air War College

Distinguished graduate of OTS, UPT, ACSC, and AWC

Civilian Education

1962 BA/Math, William Jewell College, MO
1972 MBA, University of Utah