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Name (Last, First Middle)Lodge, Robert A.
Branch at time of eventUSAF
SquadronCS 02
Home TownLynbrook
Home StateNY
High SchoolEast Rockaway High School,New York
High School ActivitiesNatlHonorSoc, CAP, BoyScouts, 4-H
Post High SchoolMIT, 1959-1960, AF ROTC
Academy ExperiencesSQExecOff,GradAwards: OutstandingCadet-EngineeringSci,Mechanics,Thermodynamics,&Mathematics
Academic Degree MajorBS-EngrSci USAFA 1964 MS-Aero Purdue 1965 SOS(R)
Active Duty AssignmentsPltTngMoodyAFB,GA:66;Plt,F-105,357thTFSq,TakhliAB,Thia:67,Plt,F-4,GeorgeAFB,CA: Plt,12TFSq,KadenaAB,JA:69;AirOpsO,Hq5AF,FuchuAB,JA:69,SOS(R),MaxwellAFB,AL: 71,WpnsO,F-4D,432TRWg,UdornAB,Thai: DED,05/09/1973.
Civilian PositionsN/A
Award Year1974
Award Summary InformationMajor Lodge was honored with the Jabara Award for his distinguished achievements in air combat tactics in Southeast Asia between January 1 and May 10, 1972. During that period he shot down three North Vietnamese MIG aircraft while flying F-4 “Phantoms” for the 555(~Triple Nickel) Tactical Fighter Squadron at Udorn Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand. As the weapons officer for the 432”d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, which had two fighter squadrons attached, Major Lodge supervised aircrew training in air combat tactics. He increased the Wing’s air-to-air training program, taught classes, administered tests to aircrews and improved aerial training missions. As the resident expert on weaponry and the air defense systems he developed, the tactical skill he imparted to fellow aircrew men led to the destruction of many other enemy aircraft. He extended by six months his two voluntary tours of combat duty in Southeast Asia to see through to completion a new air defense system he established. With the resumption of the air bombardment of North Vietnam in April 1972, the Udorn-based Wing was given the responsibility for establishing air superiority over North Vietnam. This war made possible by Major Lodge’s contributions and leadership in aerial tactics. His fellow airmen considered him to be the most knowledgeable combat flight leader in fighter operations.
Involved Crew MembersNone
Burial Site/DateUSAFA-Remains returned 09/30/1977
Aeronautical Speciality RatingPilot
Notable Military and Civilian Decorations & Awardsss(4),DFC(7),PH,AM(37),AFCM Jabara Award
CommentsMIA 05/10/1972 - 05/09/1973
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