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Check Six – 1986: Maj Gen Wess Chambers Flies with the 199th Fighter Squadron

September 13, 2021
Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

This photograph shows MSgt Wallace Takesane, Maj. Gen. Wess Chambers and Brig. Gen. Michael “Boss” Tice. Maj. Gen Chambers served as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF). Many PACAF assigned general officers flew with the 199th Fighter Squadron over the years.

Wally Takasane served on the fighter flightline for many years before his retirement. He passed away in 2018.

Wess Chambers joined the Arizona Air National Guard in 1952 as a pilot trainee. He rose through the ranks, becoming the commander of 162nd Fighter Wing (Tucson)in 1971. On April 1, 1981, he was promoted and federally recognized as a Brigadier General and appointed Deputy Director, Air National Guard Bureau in the Pentagon. In 1985 General Chambers was promoted to the rank of Major General and served as the first Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF). Followed in 1987 by Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief of the Tactical Air Command (TAC), Langley AFB, prior to his retirement in May 1990.

Michael “Boss” Tice served as the commander of the 154th Composite Group/154th Wing from 1987 to 2000. His next assignment was as Reserve Component (RC) Assistant at United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), Camp H.M. Smith. He was promoted to major general in March 2001. Complete bio

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