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David Lee “Tex” Hill (July 13, 1915 – October 11, 2007)

(Photo taken October, 1944)

Tex Hill was a fighter pilot and flying ace in World War II, with later service in Korea.

Hill earned his wings as a U.S. Naval Aviator in 1939 and joined the fleet as a TBD Devastator torpedo bomber pilot aboard the USS Saratoga before joining a Vought SB2U Vindicator dive bomber squadron aboard USS Ranger. In 1941, he was recruited with other Navy, Army and Marine Corps pilots to join the 1st American Volunteer Group (better known by its later nickname of the Flying Tigers). He learned to fly the P-40 in the AVG training program in Burma, and did well as a fighter pilot in the 2nd Pursuit Squadron (Panda Bear) as a flight leader and then squadron commander, becoming one of the top aces under the tutelage of Claire Chennault.[1]

Hill landed his first [victories] on January 3, 1942 when he downed two Nates over the Japanese airfield at Tak, Thailand. He shot down two more on January 23, and became an ace on the 24th when he shot down a fighter and a bomber over Rangoon. In March, he succeeded Jack Newkirk as Squadron Leader of the Second Squadron. By the time the AVG was disbanded in the summer of 1942, Hill was a double ace, credited with 12 ¼ victories.

On May 7, 1942, the Japanese Army began building a pontoon bridge across the Salween River, which would allow them to move troops and supplies into China. To stem this tide, 2nd Squadron Leader Hill led a flight of four new P-40Es bombing and strafing into the mile deep gorge. During the next four days, the AVG pilots flew continuous missions into the gorge, effectively neutralizing the Japanese forces. From that day on, the Japanese never advanced farther than the west bank of the Salween. Claire Chennault would later write of these critical missions, “The American Volunteer Group had staved off China’s collapse on the Salween.”

On Thanksgiving Day 1943, he led a force of 12 B-25s, 10 P-38s, and 8 new P-51s from Saichwan, China, on the first strike against Formosa. The Japanese had 100 bombers and 100 fighters located at Shimchiku Airfield, and the bombers were landing as Hill’s force arrived. The enemy managed to get seven fighters airborne, but they were promptly shot down. Forty-two Japanese airplanes were destroyed, and 12 more were probably destroyed in the attack. The American force returned home with no casualties.

After the deactivation of the Flying Tigers in July 1942, Hill was one of only five Flying Tigers to join its USAAF successor, the USAAF 23rd Fighter Group, with the rank of major. He activated the 75th Fighter Squadron and later commanded the 23rd Fighter Group as a Colonel. Before returning to the states in late 1944, Hill and his P-51 scratched another six Japanese aircraft.

It is believed that he was the first to down a Zero with a P-51. Altogether, Hill was credited with destroying 18.25 enemy aircraft. The .25 [victoriy] comes from an assist; he and 3 other pilots worked together to shoot down a Japanese Nate fighter.

In 1944, Hill returned to the U.S. and took command of the 412th Fighter Group, America’s first operational jet fighter group flying the P-59 Airacomet and the P-80 Shooting Star. He separated from active service in the USAAF in 1945.

Postwar, in July 1946, Hill was asked by Texas Governor Coke Stevenson to activate and accept command of the 136th Fighter Group of the Texas Air National Guard. Hill activated Guard units throughout the Gulf Coast and became the youngest Brigadier General in the history of the Air National Guard. He once again saw combat during the Korean War with the Texas Air National Guard.

He ended his military career in the Air Force Reserve, retiring as a Brigadier General. He holds the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, Chinese Order of the Cloud and Banner 4th, 5th and 6th grades, 2-Star Wing Decorations, Chinese Victory Medal, Legion of Merit, and British Distinguished Flying Cross.

(Photo courtesy of Owen Miller)


JTACs participate in Serpentex 16’

CORSICA, France – U.S. Air Force Airmen, along with 11 additional NATO countries officially kicked off the French-led Exercise SERPENTEX 16 on the island of Corsica, France, March 7.

Approximately 215 U.S. Air Force Airmen, including joint terminal attack controllers from the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron, from Vilseck, Germany, are participating in the annual exercise held at NATO’s tactical training center and the French Air Force’s Air Base 126, Solenzara.

The multinational exercise is focused on the training of U.S. and NATO aircrew and JTACs on the air and land integration mission, to include close air support, dynamic targeting, strike coordination and reconnaissance and live ordnance operations.

JTACs are considered qualified service members who direct the action of air and surface based fire at the tactical level. They are the Airmen on the ground with the authority to control and call in airstrikes on target.

“There are times like when we are deployed when we work with JTACs from other countries and sometimes we do things a little differently,” said Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Rarang, 2nd ASOS JTAC. “This exercise is giving us the opportunity to build partnership capacity and know how to better work with our allies when we are in those situations.”

Exercise SERPENTEX has occurred annually since 2008 and has contributed to the development of U.S. and NATO relations, capabilities, interoperability and multinational training between allies.

Other U.S. Air Force participants include three B-52 “Stratofortress” bombers from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. Other countries participating include France, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

“Exercises like SERPENTEX are exciting and extremely useful because we get to learn different countries’ equipment and how they would control in a real-word scenario,” said Senior Airman Gage Duvall, 2nd ASOS JTAC. “I know that we will be able to learn a few things from all the different JTACs and hopefully they will get to learn something from us.”

The training exercise will continue through March 25 with a variety of training scenarios to increase the Air Force’s ability to work side-by-side with its European allies and partners.


Airmen from the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron, drag a simulated casualty for medical evacuation during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 8, 2016. The training consisted of calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

A U.S. Army infantryman, assigned to 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, rides in the gunner position of a Stryker armored vehicle during a parade welcoming the Soldiers to the city of Brasov, Romania, May 14, 2015 during the unit’s Cavalry March, part of ‪‎Operation Atlantic Resolve. Operation Calvary March was a two-day, 400 kilometer movement across Romania, from Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base to the Cincu Training Center, involving nearly 100 combat vehicles and more than 300 Soldiers.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William A. Tanner

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Dragoons assigned to Archer Battery, Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment participate in a live-fire exercise Their M777 Howitzers are staged in anticipation of target acquisition and firing instructions from their forward observers, in support of troopers assigned to 4th Sqdn, 2 CR during their field exercise at Grafenwoehr Training Area, located near Rose Barracks, Germany.

(Photos by Sergeant William Tanner, 24 FEB 2015.)


U.S Army soldiers with Headquarters Headquarters Battery, Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment and their Macedonian and Hungarian counterparts conducting radar placement operations during exercise Saber Junction 15 at the U.S. Army’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, April 16, 2015. 


Long Range

Recon Troopers from 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment join Latvian and Canadian recon teams for weapon familiarization training during Operation Summer Shield XII at Adazi Military Base, Latvia, March 26, 2015. Soldiers fired at pop-up targets throughout the 1,100-meter range, familiarizing themselves with efficient operating techniques of sniper rifles, assault rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers, and pistols during the range day. Familiarization and cross platform training on joint weapon systems is crucial to maintaining a high level of interoperability between NATO member nations. Operation Summer Shield XII is a 10-day evolving training process during which partner forces from the U.S., Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom work alongside one another in combined arms and live-fire maneuvers. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Aaron Ellerman 204th Public Affairs Detachment/Released)

The quickest way to a man’s heart is 2,970 fps.

A blend of soldiers from five nations in green, brown and tan uniforms lay on the firing line during a sniper range as part of Summer Shield XIII, at Adazi Military Base, Latvia.

Snipers of five NATO nations participated in the range during the Summer Shield XIII, a two-week long interoperability exercise. Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, in the region supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve joined allies from Latvia, Canada, Lithuania and Germany for the annual interoperability training event.

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Paige Behringer, 10th Press Camp Headquarters, 18 APR 2016.)


Tankers from the part of the 2nd squadron of the I-th armored battalion (Jutland Dragoon Regiment) 1st brigade of the Danish army at the tactical live-fire exercises March 2017 year