Col Thomas P "Omar" Bradley, USAF, Ret., Director
Colonel Bradley retired at Hurlburt Fld, FL on 31 December, 1992 after more than 30 years of active duty. He graduated with a BS Degree from the University of Wisconsin in June, 1962 and received his commission as a 2Lt from Officer Training School in December, 1962, where he was a Distinguished Graduate. He is a Command Pilot with more than 7200 flying hours, including more than 800 hours of combat time in SEA. He has flown the T-37, T-38, C-141A, C-130 A/E/H, MC-130E, AC-130H and the T-41. He was an Instructor Pilot in the T-41 and C-130E, and Instructor/Examiner in the C-130A. Following his SEA tour in C-130s, he was selected for an assignment as an Exchange Pilot with 36 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW, Australia, and served as the Tactical Check Captain. He next served as a Course Director and T-41 Instructor Pilot in the Military Studies Department at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs. CO.
In June, 1975 he began his Special Operations career with his assignment to the 7th Special Operations Squadron, Rhein Main AB, Germany, serving as Chief Pilot, Operations Officer and in 1978 became the Squadron Commander. In 1979 the 7thSOS was named the Best Flying Squadron in USAFE. In 1980 he served as the Senior Air Operations Officer with the HQ USAF Joint Special Operations Support Element (JSOSE), MacDill AFB, FL. During this assignment, he was selected for promotion to Colonel. He served 17 years of his career in AF and Joint Special Operations, as Squadron Commander, 1SOW ADO, 23AF ADO, Det. 1 23 AF Commander, USAFE DOS, and retired as the AFSOC Deputy IG.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 olc, Air Medal with 4 olc, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 8 olc and 2 valor devices, and the Viet Nam Campaign ribbon with 11 campaign devices.
Colonel Bradley was inducted into the Air Commando Hall of Fame in 2001.