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William L. Kirk

Born: Jul 11, 1932

Birthplace: Louisiana

Nationality: United States

William L. Kirk

Date of Birth : Jul 11, 1932
Birth Place : Louisiana

William L. Kirk is a retired United States Air Force four-star general who served as Commander in Chief, U.S. Air Forces in Europe/Commander, Allied Air Forces Central Europe from 1987 to 1989. Kirk was born in 1932, in Rayville, Louisiana. He graduated from Rayville High School in 1950 and attended Northeast Louisiana State College. He completed Squadron Officer School in 1962 and the Air War College in 1971. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1951 and became an aviation cadet in February 1953. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant and awarded his pilot's wings in April 1954. After completing pilot training at Kinston Air Base, North Carolina, as well as Bryan and Perrin Air Force Bases, Texas, Kirk attended tactical reconnaissance phase training at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. In October 1954 he was assigned as a pilot with the 17th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at Shaw. From March 1955 to June 1957 he served as a pilot with the 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at Komaki and Yokota Air Bases in Japan. He became a flight commander with the 6021st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Johnson Air Base, Japan, in June 1957.

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