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AIR COMMANDO JOURNAL


Publisher Richard Secord


Editor in Chief Dennis Barnett


Contributing Editor Rick Newton


Public Affairs/Marketing Director Shannon Pressley


shannon@aircommando.org


Graphic Designer Jeanette Moore


jeanette@aircommando.org Air Commando Association Board of Directors


Maj Gen (ret) Richard Secord, President Col (ret) Dennis Barnett, Vice President Lt Col (ret) Felix Sambogna, Treasurer CMSAF #9 (ret) James Binnicker, Director Col (ret) Thomas Bradley, Director Maj (ret) David Freeman, Director MSgt (ret) Joe D. Harris, Director Maj Gen (ret) Clay Mccutchan, Director CMSgt (ret) Robert H. White, Director Lt Gen (ret) Michael Wooley, Director CMSgt (ret) Micheal Wright


452nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. He flew F-80s, B-26s and later crewed transports such as the C-46, C-119, and C-123. He served through the Cold War, the Korean War, and the South East Asia War. He retired from the Reserve in 1971 as a Major General having served as the special as- sistant to the 15th Air Force Commander. On the civil side of his career, he served as Assistant


Secretary of Commerce for Aeronautics for two years under President Truman. He worked to improve airline operations and served alongside Orville Wright while working in the aeronautics department. He served as president of Transit Van Corporation, a


cargo airline engaged in research and development of trans- portation equipment. In 1953 he joined Northrop Corpora- tion and spent 26 years with them. He retired from Northrop as vice president of customer relations in 1984. He main- tained an office in Washington DC and worked business projects after the “9/11” terrorist attacks and into his mid 90’s before he closed it. In 1954, General Alison was selected president of the


Air Force Association. His awards include the Distinguished Service Cross, the


Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air medal, the Purple Heart and the British Distinguished Service Order. In 1984, 2004, and 2009 General Alison served in the


“Gathering of Eagles” program at Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL. In 1994 he was inducted into the Air Commando Hall of Fame, Fort Walton Beach, Florida and in 2005 he was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame, Day- ton, Ohio. On 27 October, 2010, General Alison was in- ducted into the United States Special Operations Command, Commando Hall of Honor at MacDill AFB, Florida. MGen Alison is survived by his spouse, Kathleen “Pen-


ni” Alison, sons John R. Alison III, David Price Alison, and grand children Christopher, Elisabeth, and Peter Alison.


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