Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
General Larry D. Welch
12th Chief of Staﬀ of the United States Air Force
—Served 1951 - 1990, Aviation Cadet 1953 —
General (ret) Welch was born in 1934 in Guymon, Okla., and graduated from Liberal (Kan.) High School in 1952. He enlisted in the Kansas National Guard in October 1951, serving with the 161st Armored Field Artillery until enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. In November 1953, he entered the aviation cadet program and subsequently received his pilot wings and commission as a second lieutenant. He served initially as a flight instructor until his assignment in July 1958 to Headquarters, Air Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.
General Welch then served in tactical fighter units in Europe, the continental United States and Alaska before transferring to the Republic of Vietnam where he flew combat missions in the F-4C over North and South Vietnam, and Laos.
After completing the Armed Forces Staff College in July 1967, he was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., under the assistant chief of staff for studies and analysis. Upon graduation from the National War College in July 1972, he was assigned to Tactical Air Command, where he served in wing deputy commander for operations, vice commander and wing commander positions.
In August 1977, he transferred to Headquarters Tactical Air Command where he served as inspector general, deputy chief of staff for plans and deputy chief
He became the 12th Chief of Staff of the Air Force in July 1986, the first Aviation Cadet to achieve this distinction. As chief, he served as the senior uniformed Air Force Officer responsible for the organization, training and equipage of a combined active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian force serving at locations in the United States and overseas. During his tenure as Chief of Staff, we saw the fall of the Berlin Wall, the demise of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the creation of the Air Force Special Operations Command, the introduction of the first B-2 stealth bomber, and the operational deployment of the F-15E multi-role fighter.
The general is a command pilot with more than 6,500 flying hours. His military decorations and awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster,
Since retiring from the U.S. Air Force, General Welch has served as the president of the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federally funded research and development center focusing on defense issues. Because of the outstanding efforts in this role, he was awarded the 2003 Fubini Award, given annually to an individual from the private sector that has made highly significant contributions to the Department of Defense in an advisory capacity.
From Army Private to Aviation Cadet to Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Larry D. Welch served his nation with pride and dedication, and blazed the trail of high standards for the rest of us to follow.
Erected by United States Air Force.
Location. 32° 23.014′ N, 86° 21.207′ W. Marker is in Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Click for map. Marker is at the Reviewing Stand of Welch Field, on the Officer Training School campus. Marker is in this post office area: Montgomery AL 36112, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are The Thunderbirds (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cessna T-41A "Mescalero" (about 700 feet away); Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault / Three Men on a Flying Trapeze (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wright Brothers Flying School (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Air Corps Tactical School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lister Hill Center (approx. 0.4 miles away); Boeing B-52D "Stratofortress" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sikorsky MH-53M 'Pave Low IV' Helicopter (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Maxwell Air Force Base.
Also see . . .
1. General Larry D.Welch Official USAF Bio. (Submitted on April 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Air Force Association 2011 Lifetime Achievement Video of Gen Welch. (Submitted on April 17, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Cold • War, Vietnam •
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