Volney Smith

Smith, Volney
Iowa National Guard, US Air Force
Served: 1948-1949 (ING), 1954-1973 (AF)
No picture available Maj. Smith served a short time in the Iowa National Guard (1948-1949) and then the Air Force. Enlisted in the AF right after the Korean conflict started. Cut his civilian career short to join the AF. Enlisted August 9, 1950 and took basic training at Lackland and Sheppard AFB, Texas then was shipped to Tyndall AFB, Fla for permanent duty. November 1952 was sent overseas to Thule AB, Greenland where he served for 365 days. Was sent to Edwards AFB, Calif and was discharged from there August 8, 1954 with the rank of T/Sgt. Joined the Reserves and served until 1973 when he retired with the rank of Major. The AF Reserve had a program where they offered direct commissions — 50 in the United States. Maj. Smith applied and got one of them. Maj. Volney was appointed directly to 1st Lt. Assignments in the Reserve were at Offutt AFB, NE and Richards-Gebaur AFB, MO. Maj. Smith was also the NCO of the Month at Thule in April 1953. Maj. Smith spent most of his military career in the Security and Law Enforcement field where he was an Air Policeman (several years in charge of the office that processed security clearances) and later an Air Police Officer. Attended the Air Provost Marshal School at Lackland AFB. The last 6 years were as a Civil Engineer.
US Air Force Commendation Medal US Air Force Good Conduct Medal National Defense Medal US Air Force Longevity Award

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