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April 2nd, 2015
Social 6:30 pm; Meal & Program 7:00 pm
Colonel Charles B. DeBellevue
Col. Chuck DeBellevue earned a Bachelors of Science in Physics from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the USAF in 1968. He attended Undergraduate Navigator Training and upgraded into the F-4. After 18 months in the states, he was assigned to the 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand in 1971. While there, Chuck flew 220 combat missions, 96 of which were over North Vietnam and is credited with the destruction of six North Vietnamese jet fighters in aerial combat, four MiG-21s and two MiG-19s. Chuck is the leading "ACE" from the war in Southeast Asia.
He then attended Undergraduate Pilot Training and served in a number of squadron, staff and command positions including: commander 432nd Combat Support Group at Misawa Air Base, Japan and 95th Air Base Wing at Edwards AFB, CA, and the AFROTC Detachment at the Univ. of Missouri-Columbia.
Chuck and his wife, Sally, were the 1994 recipients of the General and Mrs. Jerome F. O'Malley Award, given to the top wing commander and spouse in Air Force Material Command. They have two daughters, a son and four grandchildren. Chuck has over 3,000 flying hours, including 550 in combat. He received the Air Force Cross, 3 Silver Stars, 3 Legions of Merit, 6 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 18 Air Medals. He retired in 1998 with 30 years of service and was the last American Ace on active duty.
After retiring, Chuck worked for local and national companies and OSU. He is the CEO for Eagle Support Enterprises LLC, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business that provides consultant services for defense contractors. He was president of the board of directors of the Mid America Government Industry Coalition. Inc. (MAGIC), which advocates for small businesses in winning government contracts. He is also the VP for Veteran Affairs for the Gerrity Chapter of the Air Force Association.
Chuck was Outstanding Alumni of the Univ, of LA, Lafayette; was inducted into the LA Aviation Hall of Fame in 2011 and the OK Military Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2014, the Air Force Association awarded the American Fighter Aces their Lifetime Achievement Award. The American Fighter Aces were also nominated for the Congressional Gold Medal, which will be presented in the near future.
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