Charles H (Chuck) Ulmer

I was born October 26, 1937 in Laurel, Mississippi and graduated from Sharon High School in April 1955.  I enlisted in the Air Force in April 1955 and attended the United States Air Force Intercept Analyst Intelligence School at Kelly AFB, Texas.  I served the next eight years in various intelligence positions in Korea, Japan, Phillipines, Taiwan, Quemoy, Taiwan Straits, Matsu, Hong Kong, Okinawa, and Germany.  Upon returning to the United States, I was assigned as a Personnel Tehnician at Lackland AFB, Texas and later attended the last class of the United States Air Force Officer Candidate School where I was commissioned in June 1963.

I was assigned to Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina after graduating from the Basic Transportation Officer Course.  I served as the Traffic Management Officer and later as the Commander of the 4th Transportation Squadron.  In July 1965, I was reassigned to the 7th Aerial Port Squadron/315th Air Division, Tachikawa Air Base, Japan where I served as the Chief, Traffic Division; Chief, Aerial Delivery; and Chief, Administrative Division – – dual-hatted positions.  During the following years I spent about three weeks a month TDY in Vietnam.  The unit was redesignated the 2nd Aerial Port Group, and I moved with the relocation of the 2nd Aerial Port Group in September 1966 to Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Vietnam.  I served in various capacities which included Executive Officer and Chief, Personnel and Administrative Division.  Upon departure from Vietnam in September 1967, I was assigned to Headquarters United States Air Forces In Europe (USAFE) as the USAFE Liaison Officer at Rhein Main Air Base, Germany.

In June 1970, I was reassigned to Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB,Nebraska where I served as Chief, Traffic Management Division.  I was reassigned to the Air Force Military Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, Texas as the Chief, Transportation Resource Management Team in September 1972.  From July 1975 to July 1976, I served as the 13th Air Force Water Port Logistics Officer (WPLO), Satthip, Thailand.

  In July 1976 I was assigned to the 435th Aerial Port Squadron, Rhein Main Air Base, Germany, where I served as Chief, Passenger Service, and Assistant Air Terminal Manager.  Upon returning to the United States in July 1979, I was assigned to the Joint Personnel Property Shipping Office, San Antonio, Texas where I established the Air Force Excess Cost Adjudication Function.  In July 1983, I was assigned to Headquarters USAFE, Ramstein AB, Germany as the Chief, Plans and Programs Division. and Deputy Director of Transportation.  In February 1986, I was reassigned to Colorado Springs, Colorado where I was tasked to establish the Joint Personnel Property Shipping Office.  In April 1990 I was reassigned to Hq Air Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas as the Director of Transportation.

During my career, I managed to attend the University of Maryland, City College Of Chicago, and North Carolina State University via off-duty education. I completed Squadron Officer School in 1966, Air Command and Staff College in 1974, and Industrial College Of the Armed Forces in 1975.

 After 36+ years in the Air Force, I retired as a Colonel prior to 1 May 1991.

While stationed in Germany in the 1958-1962 time frame, I met and married my wife, Ellen.  We were blessed with two sons.  Our oldest son, Stephen was hit and killed by a drunk driver when he was 19 years old.  Our youngest son, Gregory, after a five year tour in the Air Force, completed his degree in Chriminal Justice at Southwest Texas State University, married, and is a police detective in Plano, Texas.  On 4 Feb 2004, after a 10 year wait, Greg and Delaine presented us with a grandson, Aiden Stephan Ulmer.

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