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PHOTOCOPIED October 2, 2002:  NASM PRESERVATION COPY

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FLYER Celebrates Second Anniversary Today

PHILLIPPINES FLYER [[image - drawing of an F-86 fighter jet]]

Vol. VI  FREE    Clark AFB, P.I.--Friday, October 14, 1955   FREE  No. 40

Gen. Davis Retains ATF 13 Post; Col. Stevens Now Vice Commander

Position titles of two high-ranking officers of the Command, Brig. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., and Col. Kermit D. Stevens, have been recently changed, it was announced by Headquarters, USAF, and Headquarters, 13th Air Force.

Gen. Davis, according to Headquarters, USAF, will relinquish his duty title as Vice Commander of 13th Air Force to Col. Stevens, who until lately has been assigned as Deputy Commander, 13th Air Force.

Gen. Davis will remain as commander, Air Task Force 13 (Provisional).  The General has been holding dual positions as vice commander of the 13th Air Force and commander of the Air Task Force 13th Provisional.

There will be no change in duties for Gen. Davis or Col. Stevens.

Gen. Davis has been in command of the 13th Air Force advanced headquarters since its establishment last June.  Former Director of Operations for the Far East Air Force in Japan, he earned his wings in 1942.  During the last war, he commanded the 99th Fighter Sq. in North Africa, Italy and Sicily.  He also performed combat missions over the Balkans, Germany and France.

He was commander of Lockbourne AFB, Ohio, for three years and also served at the Pentagon before coming to the Far East in 1953.

Gen. Davis is a holder of the Legion of Merit Medal, Silver Star Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters.

Col. Stevens arrived at Clark last July from his assignment as Professor of Air Science and Tactics at the University of Minnesota.  A holder of a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Oregon, he also attended Air Command and Staff School at Maxwell AFB. Ala., and competed his pilot training courses at Randolph and Kelly Air Force Bases in Texas.

Stationed in England for 27 months during World War II, Col. Stevens served as base commander at Pratt AFB, Alamogardo AFB, Offutt AFB, and Fairchild AFB.

The Colonel is a holder of the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Silver Star Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross with an Oak Leaf Cluster, European African Middle East Campaign Medal and Air Force Reserve Medal.  His foreign decorations include the French Croix de Guerre with Palm and the British Distinguished Flying Cross.
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