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The Suburbanite
  • Veteran of the Week, Bill Humphreys, USAF

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  • Life in the Military
    Bill Humphreys joined the Air Force September 1961 and reported for basic training to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He reported to McChord Air force Base on Thanksgiving Day 1961 for Loadmaster school. Initially he worked on the Douglas C-124 "Globemaster II" cargo plane. But at that time the Air force was transitioning to the Lockheed C-130 "Hercules"  and he started working with the C-130 also.
    In 1963 he was transferred to Clark Air Base in the Philippines where he flew cargo resupply missions into South Vietnam during the early years of the war on both the C-124 and the C-130. He was assigned to the Strategic Air command (SAC) in Little Rock, Arkansas. He took part in Argosy flight operations, a resupply mission to outlying SAC bases in the area. He continued in this non-flying role until he left the Air Force in 1965.
                                                   
    Life After the Military
    After getting leaving the Air Force, Bill worked as a truck driver and at Timken. In 1977 he took a job at Hoover and stayed with the company until 2001 when he retired. He is married to his wife, Betty Anne. They have one daughter and one grandson. In 2010 he became a volunteer at MAPS to continue his interest in aviation.