North High School Wall of Honor
Bert Harold Thomas
Class of June, 1954
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Bert graduated from North High in the June, 1954 class. At the time of his enlistment, his next of kin was Mr. and Mrs. Bert H. Thomas, 1109 Orchard Lane, Des Moines, IA 50313.
Bert Harold Thomas
Year x Rank x Status
January, 1949 x x x Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
1954-1958 x x Drake University, Des Moines, IA
Fall, 1958 x US Air Force/
2nd Lt.
x Following graduation, commissioned as 2nd Lt. through ROTC program at Drake University.
August 30, 1958 x Family x Married Caroline Baker in Des Plaines, IL
Nov 58-
Jan 59
x Training x Personnel Officers School, Air Education and Training Command, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. AFSC 7024
Feb 59-
Apr 60
x Training x Personnel Officer, HQ AFSWC, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM. R&D. (Kirtland is part of Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) AFSC 7024
May 60-
Dec 61
x Training/
2nd Lt.
x Director of Personnel at Indian Springs Air Force Base, NV. (35 miles NW of Las Vegas). Since 2005, now named Creech Air Force Base. Along with being the aerial demonstration training site for the Thunderbirds, the base plays a major role in the ongoing War on Terror. The base is home to the MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle which is used regularly in Afghanistan and Iraq. AFSC 7024
Jan 1962-
Jul 1967
x Stationed x Personnel and Flight Training Officer. OTS USAF, Air Education and Training Command, Lackland Air Force Base, TX; Taught at Officers' Training School; 1962-1967. AFSC 7535 (Master Training Rating)
1967-1970 x Stationed x Aug 67-May 69: Chief, Dependent Schools Branch, AFSC 7524
May 69-Dec 69
: Chief of Administration & ABG Executive Officer, AFSC 7024
Jan-Jul 70: Hq Sq Comdr, ABG, AFSC 7024A
RAF Station; *Lakenheath, England; Base Commander.
Aug 70-
Jul 72
x US Air Force x Chief, Central Base Administration 3345 ABGP, Air Maintenance Officers School, Chanute Air Field, IL.
(ATC Outstanding Admin Mgt Staff Officer, 1971)
Aug 72-
Mar 73
x Stationed x Chief, Office of Administration (Advisor tyo VNAF), AFSC 7046, Air Force Advisory Group; 1131 USAF Spt Acty Sq, USAMACV (Military Assistance Command, Vietnam) Headquarters, Det 10; Saigon, Vietnam. Advisor to Vietnamese Directior of Administration and Training. Was on next to last plane out of Saigon, Vietnam.
Apr 1973-1979 x Stationed x Chief, Central Base Administration, 3700 ABGP, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. AFSC 7046 (ATC Outstanding Admin Mgt Staff Officer, 1975)
June 30, 1979 x US Air Force/Major x Discharged; San Antonio, TX
1979-Present x Interests x Present pursuits. San Antonio, TX
*RAF Lakenheath,UK
Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, commonly abbreviated to RAF Lakenheath, (IATA: LKZ, ICAO: EGUL) is a Royal Air Force military airbase near Lakenheath in Suffolk, England. Although an RAF station, it hosts United States Air Force units and personnel. The host wing is the 48th Fighter Wing (48 FW), also known as the Liberty Wing, assigned to United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE).
1957: Arnold Air Society; Drake University
Arnold Air Society/Drake University/1957
Row 1 Robert S. McCoy, Ronald Graves, Mel Drinkwine, Jack Phelan, Carl Bohnhoff, Harold Gansert, Dennis Montgomery, Conrad Newsom, Wayne Dailey
Row 2 Robert Bowers, Roger Hurt, Gerald Carrell, John Woody, Clarence Juhl, Fredric Hedinger, George Genoit
Row 3 Harley Snyder, David Dvorak, John Rock, Cliff Everett, Lowell Mittelstadt, Kirk Hayes
Row 4 Bert Thomas, Lee Lovejoy, David Soderquist, Mark DeRuyter, Richard Dunlap
Row 5 Richard Janisch, Jerry Anderson, Sherwood Anderson
Bert Harold Thomas
United States Advisory Group; MACV; Saigon
United States Air Force
US Air Force seal

AETC; Air Education and Training Command

RAF Lakenheath, England

USAFE; United States Air Force in Europe

Military Assistance Command/Vietnam; MACV  Insignia

Rank: Major
The comprehensive list of names from North High's 1893-2018 graduation classes are from Claradell Shedd's North Des Moines High School website. The names of North High School graduates can be found online at: Bert Harold Thomas's 1954 class page is:
06/18/10; Living in San Antonio, TX.
Music: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
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