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Tim Herrel

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U.S. Air Force

Name: Tim Herrel

Place of Birth: Toledo, Ohio

Personal History: He is married to former Rosemary Protzman. They reside in Carrollton, TX and have 8 children and 19 grandchildren.

Place of Recruitment: South Bend, Indiana

Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force

Military Occupation: Airborne Radar Technician, Pilot and Maintenance Officer

Service History, Stateside or Abroad: From October 1964 to Feb-98
Lt. Col. Herrel enlisted in the Air Force in October of 1964. After completing Basic Training at Lackland AFB, TX and the 48 week long 3 Level Bomb/Navigation Systems Tech School at Lowry AFB, CO he was assigned to the 6th Armament & Electronics Maintenance Squadron (AEMS) at Walker AFB, NM. He transferred to the 2nd AEMS at Barksdale AFB, LA in January of 1967. While assigned to Barksdale AFB, now Sgt. Herrel made his first Arc Light Rotation to Anderson AFB, Guam. While in Guam, Sgt. Herrel flew 17 B-52 (Arc Light) Combat Missions as a "Hard Hat Mechanic". He re-enlisted during one of these missions.

He transferred to the 17th AEMS at Wright Patterson AFB, OH in June of 1969. Six months later the SSgt Herrel made his second Arc Light Rotation this time to U Tapao AB, Thailand. He was assigned as an instructor in the 3 Level Bomb/Nav Tech School at Lowry AFB, CO in January of 1971. Col Herrel had been taking college courses since 1966 and in December of 1972, completed his BS degree in Aerospace Engineering at Metropolitan State College in Denver. He then applied for OTS and was accepted…graduating as a 2nd Lieutenant in July 1973.

Lt. Herrel was assigned to Columbus AFB, MS for Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) and then assigned the 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron (TAS) Little Rock AFB, AR as a C-130 Co-Pilot. Lt. Herrel deployed with the 50th TAS to Clark AB, Philippines in support of the "Baby Lift" and was aboard the last C-130 that landed at Tan Son Nhut AB, Saigon, just prior to its fall in April of 1975. Upon returning to Little Rock AFB, 1Lt. Herrel became the Maintenance Supervisor of the 314th Avionics Maintenance Squadron (AMS).

In October 1975 he was given a Command Directed assignment to the 610th Military Airlift Support Squadron at Yokota AB, Japan where he was the OIC, Avionics Branch. In 1977 Capt. Herrel requested Release from Active Duty and took assignment with the 317th AMS at Pope AFB, NC as a Reserve Supplement Officer. While at Pope AFB, he was also assigned to the 40th TAS for flying and participated in the Granada Operation.

In January 1990 Major Herrel transferred to the 459th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Andrews AFB, MD with flying attachment to the 756th Airlift Squadron. After flying Airlift Missions during Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Major Herrel was selected to be 459th Logistics Support Squadron Commander. Promoted to Lt. Col, he became the 459th Maintenance Squadron at Andrews AFB, MD with flying attachment to the 756th Airlift Squadron in February 1998. Col. Herrel is a Command Pilot with over 8800 hours in C-130 and C-141 aircraft.

Commendations & Honors: His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and numerous other Unit Citations and awards.

Present Location: Carrollton, TX