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PersonID610825
Name (Last, First Middle)LaPlante, Thomas A.
Branch at time of eventUSAF
RankColonel
Graduation1961
SquadronCS 03
Home TownEasthampton
Home StateMA
High SchoolEasthampton High School, Easthampton, MA.
High School ActivitiesBasketball,Tennis, Band, Yearbook, Boy's State, Class res, Boy Scouts/Eagle/Explorer
Post High SchoolUniv of Mass(1) - USAF ROTC
Academy ExperiencesSki Club, Hockey. Tennis, Forum, Dance Band,American Assembly, Catholic Choir, Ethics Cmte,
Academic Degree MajorBS USAFA 1961 MS Ohio State Univ 1970 AFSC(R) 1973, ICAF(R) 1978
Active Duty AssignmentsNAV,20thATSq,DoverAFB,DE. PltTngMoodyAFB,GA. InstPlt,3645PltTngSq,LaughlinAFB,TX. Plt,4thRSq,BergstromAFB,TX. Plt14TRSq,UdornAB,Thai. B-1,StaffEngr,OCAMA, TinkerAFB,OK.DevEngr/DirMaint EngrSupply,HqUSAF,Pentagon,VA. AirLNO,Hq,IIICorps, FtHood,TX. CPropulsionMgtDiv,SAALC,KellyAFB,TX. DirMatlMgt,WRALC,WRobinsAFB,GA. AsstDCS/Cmd rLogOps,HqAFLC,W-PattAFB,OH. DptyCofStaff,Log,HqPACAF HickamAFB,HI. DirLog,Plans&Prog,HqUSAF,Pentagon,VA.
Civilian PositionsDirBusInfoSys,GE,FortWayne,IN. V- Pres,SysIntegrity,ChromalloGasTurbinesCorp,SanAntoni o,TX. MamtConsultant (Self employed
Award Year1980
Award Summary InformationDistinguished himself as the best aircraft engine manager within the United States Air Force while serving as Chief, Propulsion Management Division, Directorate of Material Management, San Antonio Air Logistics Center. Charged with the responsibility for all engines which power the F- 15, F-16, F-5, A-10, T-38, and C-5 aircraft: 1) Provided worldwide logistics and production support for more than 27,000 en¨gines valued in excess of $5 billion. 2) Lowered NMCS (Not Mission Capable for Supply) rate from an all-time high of 60.4 % to the present 8.9 % 3) Saved more than $50 million in the replenishment engine spares budget over two years. 4) First Jabara winner to be a systems manager, as opposed to an operational pilot.
Involved Crew MembersNone
Burial Site/Datedied 30 July, 2002, San Antonio,TX
Aeronautical Speciality RatingNavigator, Senior Pilot
Notable Military and Civilian Decorations & AwardsDSM, LOM, DFC, MSM, AM(12) AFCM, ArmyCM
CommentsRetired MajGen 30 June,1987 Senior Pilot
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