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Mr. Ronnie Mitchell, Director

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Fred H. Bailey, Jr. helped lead the Nebraska Air National Guard to a position of statewide prominence and respect. Bailey began his aviation career in the Civilian Pilot Training program in 1940 and used his flying skills in the U.S. Army Air Force as a wartime flight instructor. In 1946 Bailey became one of the original members of the Nebraska Air National Guard and served as Flight Commander of its 173rd Fighter Squadron. Bailey’s unit, flying P-51 Mustangs, saw active duty during the Korean War. His subsequent years with the Air Guard were marked by numerous promotions and considerable recognition for his efforts to develop his command into an outstanding force.

 

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