Col. Steve Whittenberger, USAF (ret.)


Steve & Joyce Whittenberger


2002 Reunion


2012 Reunion



I was born in Rochester, Indiana, February 17, 1938 and spent most of my youth in Rochester.  In 1961 I graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Education and a Commission via ROTC.  In 1976 I received my Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico.


On Nov 16, 1961 I entered active duty with the Air Force at Reese Air Force Base Texas and got my wings on Dec 7, 1962.  Subsequent to Pilot Training I had the following assignments:


Mar 1963 - Oct 1966 



UPT instructor and Stan/Board Evaluator - Craig AFB, Alabama (T-33/T-38)

Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama (Jan - April 1965)

Oct 1966 - Mar 1967 RF-4C Training - Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
Mar 1967 - Oct 1967 Combat Tour, Udorn RTAB, Thailand (112 Missions North Vietnam)
Oct 1967 - Mar 1970 RF-4C UPT Instructor, Bergstrom AFB, TX
Mar 1970 - June 1971 Air Liason Officer, 1st Inf Division, Ft. Riley Ks - Flew RF-4C/T-33/T-41/Beaver
Jul 1971 - Jul 1973

529th BS, Plattsburg NY   FB-111  Pilot and IP

(Industrial College of the Armed Forces by Correspondence)

Jul 1973  -  Jul 1974 Naval War College  Newport, Rhode Island
Jul 1974  -  Jul 1976  Air Force Test/Evaluation Center  (Test Director) (Flew T-38/T-39) Albuquerque, NM
Jul 1976  -  May 1979 HQ USAFE - Operations Requirements  Ramstein AB, Germany
May 1979  -  Jul 1981 10th TRW, RAF Alconbury - Squadron Commander  RF-4C
Jul 1981  -  Jun 1983 Asst Chief of Staff, Hq USAFE, Ramstein AB, Germany
Jun 1983   -  Aug  1985 Dep Commander Operations/Vice Wing Commander 67TRW, Bergstrom AFB, TX
Aug 1985  -  Aug   1988 Dir Operational Support (Recce, Space, Cmd/Control, Test/Eval)  Pentagon, DC
1 Aug 1988 Retired from Active Duty with the Rank of Colonel
Awards include

Legion of Merit (1 OLC)

Distinguished Flying Cross (2 OLC)

Air Medal (13 OLC)

Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC)

AF Commendation Medal

Army Commendation Medal

Outstanding Unit Citation (1 OLC)

AF Outstanding Unit Citation (6 OLC)

Nine other medals.


Civilian Companies:

Contol Data Corporation

Bloomington, Minnesota

Program Director and Business Development - US and International Reconnaissance Programs (2 years) 


Lockheed Martin

Director Business Development, US and International  - Reconnaissance, Precision Strike, Support Systems, Missile Warning Systems.  (8 years)



                Wife Joyce  - Married 43 years to date - working on 50.  Daughter Wendy - Married Tom Bingham (Exxon)  2 children, Tommy and Emily - Currently living in Redondo Beach, California.  Son John -  Married to Kaye Dickinson  3 children,  Max,  Kyler,  Brandt  -  Currently living in Pensacola, Fl.  USAF pilot with USN



               Association of Public Administration; Daedalions (life member); Air Force Association (life member); National Board of Swift Museum Foundation; Experimental Aircraft Association, Vintage Aircraft Association;



               Golf (9 handicap); Flying (National Trainer/Evaluator for Swift Formation Committee); Grandkids


    "Its a great life -- if you don't weaken"  "Life's a journey"


    God Bless America