Died June 14,2001
General Horace Milton Wade is vice chief of staff, U.S. Air Force.
He was born in 1916, in Magnolia, Ark. After completing high school in Wortham, Texas, he returned to Arkansas, and graduated from the Magnolia Agricultural and Mechanical Junior College in 1936. In February 1948 he received his bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas. His military career began in 1934 when he became a member of Company D, 153rd Infantry, Arkansas National Guard. He entered the Army Air Corps Flying School, Randolph Field, Texas, in 1937, and upon graduating and receiving his wings, in October 1938, was commissioned as a second lieutenant, Air Corps Reserve, U.S. Army.
Upon completion of flying training, he was assigned to the 11th Bombardment Squadron, 7th Bombardment Group, Hamilton Field, Calif., and in December 1941, was deployed with this unit to the Southwest Pacific. He also served in the China-Burma-India and the Middle Eastern Theaters of Operations, accumulating 36 combat missions in B-17s and B-24s before returning to the United States in 1943.
After a short tour as commander of the 29th Bombardment Group, Gowen Field, Idaho, and a few months as a Tactical Air inspector for the Second Air Force, he was transferred, in July 1944, to the War Department, General Staff. In March 1946 he was assigned to Headquarters Air Transport Command as deputy chief of staff.
He joined the Strategic Air Command in August 1949 and served with the 5th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, and the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., before being named commander of the 301st Bombardment Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., in February 1951.
He completed the National War College, in June 1955, and was assigned as director of personnel, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. In the summer of 1959, he was designated the commander of the 4310th Air Division (SAC), Nouasseur Air Base, Morocco, and in October 1961, was assigned as deputy commander, Eighth Air Force, Westover Air Force Base, Mass. In August 1962 he returned to the Pentagon to serve as the assistant deputy chief of staff, plans and programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
On Dec. 1, 1964, General Wade was named commander, Eighth Air Force, Westover Air Force Base, Mass., and was promoted to the grade of lieutenant general; in August 1966, he was again returned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force -- this time as deputy chief of staff for personnel. On Aug. 1, 1968 he was designated as commander in chief, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Wiesbaden, Germany, and concurrently as commander, Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force, Allied Command Europe, and was promoted to general. In February 1969 he was appointed chief of staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.
General Wade became vice chief of staff, U.S. Air Force, on May 1, 1972.
He is a command pilot, maintains his proficiency in multijet aircraft and has more than 8,450 hours of flying time.
His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal with oak leaf cluster.
(Current as of July 15, 1972)