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MAJOR GENERAL MICHAEL JOSEPH INGELIDO

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Major General Michael Joseph Ingelido is commander of the Fourteenth Aerospace Force, (Air Defense Command), Ent Air Force Base, Colo. This organization is responsible for manning, operating and administratively supporting the systems that are responsible for providing the commander in chief North American Air Defense Command with the ability to detect a hostile missile attack, launched against North America.

General Ingelido was born in 1916, in Meriden, Conn., and was educated in the public schools of nearby Southington. He graduated from Central Connecticut State College in 1937 with a bachelor of science degree in education. He performed graduate work at Duke and Yale universities and then taught school for three years in Connecticut. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in February 1941, and following his graduation from pilot training, was commissioned a second lieutenant in September 1941.

During World War II, he flew 195 combat missions in the European Theater of Operations in British Spitfires and U.S. P-39 and P-47 fighter aircraft. From June 1942 to June 1945, while commanding the 2nd and 412th Fighter Squadrons and the 373rd Fighter Group, he destroyed 22 German aircraft - 12 in the air and 10 on the ground.

Shortly after the Allied invasion in June 1944, he led his group in three dive-bombing attacks on German fortifications at Brest, France. After leading the first squadron of P-47 Thunderbolts in the initial attack, General Ingelido, his aircraft damaged, stayed in the area to lead the dive-bombing attacks of two other squadrons when they were unable to locate the primary target through the smoking ruins. For his devotion to duty at great risk to his own life, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

Following the end of World War II, he commanded the 86th Fighter Group and the 70th Fighter Wing in Germany. He returned to the United States in 1949 for assignment with the Weapons Systems Evaluation Group in Washington, D.C.

In 1951 he was assigned to the Air Force Cambridge Research Center as commander, 6520th Test Wing, later becoming vice commander of the center. He then attended the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., graduating in 1955.

From 1955 to 1957 he was director of operations for Far East Air Forces in Tokyo, Japan. When that headquarters was redesignated Pacific Air Forces, and moved to Hawaii in 1957, he remained with PACAF as deputy assistant chief of staff for operations. After returning to the United States in July 1959 he attended the National War College in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1960.

He was assigned to the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1960 and served as secretary of the OJCS until August 1964 when he became inspector general of the Air Defense Command.

General Ingelido became vice commander, Thirteenth Air Force (PACAF), in January 1966 and returned to Aerospace Defense Command as Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans in November 1967. He assumed command of the Fourteenth Aerospace Force at Ent Air Force Base in August 1969.

His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with 20 oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Order of the British Empire, French Croix de Guerre with Palm, Belgian Croix de Guerre with Palm and Belgian Order of Leopold.

(Current as of Oct. 1, 1969)

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