Albert L. Logan, BGen USAF, Ret., “Headed West” on May 16, 2016.

General Logan was born in 1935 in Ravia, OK. He graduated from Ravia High School in May 1953. After earning a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University in 1957 and a master’s degree in business administration from Auburn University in 1978, he completed Squadron Officer School in 1965 and later graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1974 and the Air War College in 1978.

He was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Oklahoma State University in May of 1957, and was called to active duty in October of that year. General Logan completed pilot training at Batrow Air Base in Florida and Greenville Air Force Base in Mississippi in November 1958.

He later completed advanced tactical fighter training and was assigned as a tactical fighter pilot, flying F-100s with the 523rd Tactical Fighter Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico from October 1959 to April 1961. General Logan was then assigned to the 22nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 36th Tactical Fighter Wing at Bitburg, Air Base, West Germany, where he flew F105Ds.

In December of 1963, General Logan was transferred to McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas where he served as an F-105 pilot and flight commander with the 563rd Tactical Fighter Squadron. During 1964 he completed airborne parachutist training at Fort Benning, GA, and Air-Ground Operations Officer School.

From April to August of 1965 he deployed to Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, and flew F-105 combat missions over North Vietnam.

General Logan was assigned to the Fighter Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, NV in January of 1966 as an F-105 pilot, then as an F-4E instructor pilot in air combat tactics. In August of that year he returned to Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base as a flight commander, flying F-105Ds with the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron.

He later served as chief of wing weapons and tactics; and chief, Combat Analysis Division, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing. From May 1970 to December 1972, General Logan was assigned as chief of Weapons and Tactics Division, 4th Tactical Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, NC as an F-4E pilot.

He then transferred to Air Force Headquarters as a tactical fighter special tactics air operations officer in the Directorate of Plans, working F-15s, F-16s and force structure.

He completed the Air War College in May of 1978, and subsequently was assigned as deputy commander for operations of the 86th Tactical Fighter Wing, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany.

In May 1979, he transferred to Headquarters U. S. Air Forces in Europe as director of fighter operations. In December 1979 he became executive officer to the Commander in Chief, U. S. Air Forces in Europe. While assigned to these positions, General Logan flew F-15s.

General Logan returned to Bitburg Air Base as vice commander of the F-15 equipped 36th Tactical Fighter Wing in January of 1981. One year later, he was assigned as commander of the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing at Torrejon Air Base, Spain, where he managed the transition of the wing from F-4Ds to F-16s.

In July 1984, General Logan became director of inspection, Headquarters Air Force Inspection and Safety Center, Norton Air Force Base, CA. In March 1986 he returned to Air Force Headquarters as deputy director of plans, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, Washington, DC. He was promoted to director in March 1987. Upon retirement, General Logan developed and ran the new F-22 program for Lockheed-Martin in Las Vegas.

General Logan was a command pilot with more than 4,700 flying hours, including 200 combat missions in F-105s. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with 12 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters; and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with “V” device and two oak leaf clusters.

Other awards and decorations include the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four service stars, Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Short, Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Long with two oak leaf clusters, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

General Logan was promoted to Major General on June 1, 1987, with same date of rank. He officially retired from the Air Force one year later and had made his home in recent years in Tishomingo, OK. A portion of State Highway 1 between Ravia and Mannsville, OK was renamed in his honor in October 2013.

General Logan is survived by his two sons, Mitchell Logan and Eric Logan; his grandsons, Andrew and Adam; and his beloved companion by his side, Margaret Williams, whom he affectionately called Marge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Sue Logan.

Friends will be received on Saturday, May 21st from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Fuller Funeral Home, 1625 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. A memorial ceremony celebrating General Logan’s life will follow at 11:00 a.m., Rev. Dr. Bob Wallace officiating. Inurnment with full military honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

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