Honoring Major General James Montgomery Breedloveby Representative Randy Neugebauer
Posted on 2016-01-12
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Mr. NEUGEBAUER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and
sacrifice of Major General James Montgomery Breedlove, who passed away
on January 9, 2016 in Lubbock, Texas at the age of 93.
General Breedlove was a true American hero who dedicated his life to serving our nation. Upon graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., General Breedlove attended pilot training at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. After completing pilot training in 1948, General Breedlove married his wife Mary Ann Gossett.
General Breedlove's service in the Air Force took him all across the United States, as well as to England, Germany, Korea, Thailand, and the Canal Zone.
In 1951, during the Korean War, General Breedlove flew 39 combat missions and served with the 601st Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron at Kimpo as a controller. General Breedlove went on to graduate from the Imperial Defence College in London, and in 1969, assumed command of the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base--flying 162 combat missions.
In 1970, General Breedlove assumed command of the 3500th Pilot Training Wing at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas. He was promoted to Major General on May 1, 1973 and assumed command of the U.S. Air Forces Southern Command in the Canal Zone in 1974. In 1976, when the Tactical Air Command assumed responsibility for USAFSO, he was appointed commander, U.S. Air Force Southern Air Division of the Tactical Air Command and deputy commander in chief, U.S. Southern Command.
General Breedlove's military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Unit Citation Emblem, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with oak leaf cluster, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, and the Royal Thai Supreme Command Forward Master Badge.
General Breedlove leaves behind a proud and distinguished legacy of military service. His life's work has made America a safer and stronger nation for generations to come. I ask all of my colleagues in the House of Representatives to join me in honoring and remembering the life of this American patriot.