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, 4514th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 1967-1968 416 TFS, Bien Hoa AB/Phu Cat AB, Vietnam (F-100)
  • 1968-1970 55 TFS, RAF Wethersfield, England (F-100)
  • 1970-1971 311th, 426th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 1971-1972 418th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron/58th Tactical Training Squadron Luke AFB, AZ (F-104G)
  • 1972-1973 Air Command and Staff, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 1973-1976 Rated Officer Mgt, AFMPC, Randolph AFB, TX (T-39)
  • 1976-1977 Arabic Language Training, DLI, Presidio of Monterey, CA
  • 1977 425th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Williams AFB, AZ (F-5E)
  • 1977-1979 American Embassy, Air Attache/Ch, AF Mil Assistance Program,  with Royal Jordanian Air Force, Amman, Jordan (F-5 A/E)
  • 1979-1981 479th Tactical Training Wing, 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
  • 9/1989 Retired USAF

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
  • 9/2005 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 Air Command and Staff College
  • 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, 4514th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 1967-1968 416 TFS, Bien Hoa AB/Phu Cat AB, Vietnam (F-100)
  • 1968-1970 55 TFS, RAF Wethersfield, England (F-100)
  • 1970-1971 311th, 426th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 1971-1972 418th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron/58th Tactical Training Squadron Luke AFB, AZ (F-104G)
  • 1972-1973 Air Command and Staff, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 1973-1976 Rated Officer Mgt, AFMPC, Randolph AFB, TX (T-39)
  • 1976-1977 Arabic Language Training, DLI, Presidio of Monterey, CA
  • 1977 425th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Williams AFB, AZ (F-5E)
  • 1977-1979 American Embassy, Air Attache/Ch, AF Mil Assistance Program,  with Royal Jordanian Air Force, Amman, Jordan (F-5 A/E)
  • 1979-1981 479th Tactical Training Wing, 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
  • 9/1989 Retired USAF

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
  • 9/2005 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 Air Command and Staff College
  • 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
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