USAF ROTORHEAD Members

Jay Merz

John (Jay) E. Merz, Major USAF (Ret)

Spouse of 46 years: Carol three children, eight grandchildren

Jan 1961 – Grad Pilot Training Vance AFB

Jul 1961 – Grad Survival School and Helicopter School (H-19 & H-23) Stead AFB

1961 – 1964 SATAF and Missile Site Support (H-19B) Malmstrom AFB SAC

1964 – 1965 Tactical Air Warfare Center (H-3C) Eglin AFB TAC

1965 – 1969 Recon Satellite Recovery & Shipboard Ops. (H-3B) Hickam AFB AFSC

Aug 1969 – Aug 1970 21st SP Ops. Sqdn. (CH-3E) NKP RTAFB PACAF

1970 -1971 USAF Helicopter School Instructor (HH-3E) Sheppard AFB ATC

1971 – 1974 Recon Drone Recovery (CH-3E) Davis Monthan AFB (Da Nang, NKP & Osan) TAC

1974 – Defense Language Institute (Spanish) Monterey CA (24 weeks)

1975 – 1978 Rescue Detachment Commander Theatre SAR Liaison Howard AFB Canal Zone

1978 – 1980 USAF Rescue School Instructor (HH-3E) Kirtland AFB MAC

AF Commendation Medal, Air Medal with ten OLC and DFC with one OLC

760 Hrs. Combat, 4700 Hrs. flying time

Active duty (Oct. 1959 – Dec. 1980)

Florida State University BA, Webster University MA.

1980 – 2006 (Northrop Grumman, DynCorp & Computer Science Corp) Support Contractors Vance AFB served as Vance AFB CE Community Planner, CE Industrial Engineer, Director Services, Human Resources & Labor Relations manager.

Retired Oct 2006

Integrity, Honor, and Respect
Some of the best things cannot be bought, they must be earned

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