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Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

General Michael P.C. Carns

General Michael P.C. Carns Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles Keller, August 13, 2018
1. General Michael P.C. Carns Marker
Inscription.  General Carns served at the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base as Commander of the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing from March 1979 to October 1980. During this period, he developed and implemented a unique combat readiness training program centered on deploying and operating aircraft from an austere forward operating location under simulated combat conditions. To develop this program, he exploited the concrete hard stands and taxiways which had been left over from World War II and were located in a heavily wooded area of the base. This area of the base became known as the FOLTA (Forward Operating Location Training Area.) Several flying units from other bases frequently used this area to further their combat readiness training.

Some of the other important assignments held by General Carns include commander of the 57th Fighter Weapons Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada; Commander, 13th Air Force, Clark Air Base, Philippines; Director of the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. ; and Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters, United States Air Force.

General Carns is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and Harvard University.
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He was born in Junction City, Kansas.

The general is a command pilot with more than 6,400 flying hours. His military awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 10 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal and the Government of the Philippines Outstanding Achievement Medal.

General Carns retired from the USAF in July 1994.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, Cold. In addition, it is included in the Valor in Aerial Operations series list.
Location. 33° 41.19′ N, 78° 54.814′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Harrelson Boulevard and Jetport Road, on the right when traveling north. Located on the 14th hole of the Whispering Pines Golf Course. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Harrelson Blvd, Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel William Isaiah Williams (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonel Donald Wesley Forney (approx. ¼ mile away); Colonel Henry L. Warren (approx.
14th hole, Whispering Pines Golf Course image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles Keller, August 13, 2018
2. 14th hole, Whispering Pines Golf Course
0.3 miles away); Colonel Edwin A. Schneider (approx. 0.3 miles away); Colonel Albert R. Neville (approx. 0.3 miles away); Colonel Warren R. Lewis (approx. 0.3 miles away); Colonel Wallace C. Bosworth Jr. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Brigadier General Thomas Merrit Knoles III (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 134 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 10, 2023