The Villages, Florida, United States
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
On March 11, 1937, Ervah Doris Adcock gave birth to Albert Eugene (Gene) Adcock in the home of her father, Erva Biby. Erva and wife Delphi lived on a small farm on the hard road a half-mile south of Christopher, Illinois.
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Gene is the only child of two only-children. His father Leon, grandfather's Isaac Adcock and Erva Biby were all career coalminers at the Bell & Zoller Coal Company in Zeigler, Illinois - not far from the coalfields of Kentucky. Times were hard during his adolescent years and his dad offered to help Gene break into the coal mine, as soon as he graduated from high school. But, he didn't recommend it.
Assignments - Within months after graduation from Christopher Community High School - Class of 54 - Gene took his fathers advice, enlisting in the Air Force. Still seventeen, he celebrated his 18th birthday - on March 11, 1955 - while in Basic Training, at Lackland AFB, Texas.
From basic he was sent to Scott AFB, Illinois. At the time Scott was Headquarters, Air Training Command and the home of the Ground Radio Maintainer course. In January 1956, he graduated as aground radio maintainer and was sent to the Shiroi AB, Japan. Shroi was a highly-classified USAF Security Service radio-intercept site, about 30 miles east of Tokyo.
In the summer of 1957, Gene returned to Sewart AFB, Tennessee, home of the 314th Troop Carrier Wing and the 314th Communication Squadron, to which he was assigned. Within a year, Gene volunteered and was accepted for Combat Control Team assignment with the 2nd Aerial Port Squadron, then at Sewart.
1958 - 1963 - Over the next five years, Gene concentrated on filling CCT training squares and settled into the job as an operational combat controller. From Sewart AFB, Genes combat control career progressed through the following assignments:
1963 1966 7th Aerial Port Squadron Tachikawa AB, Japan
With three TDY combat tours in Vietnam
1966 1967 10th Aerial Port Squadron Dyess AFB, Texas
1967 1972 1st ACW, 1st SOW, 4410th SOTG England AFB, LA
With three TDY combat tours in Laos
1972 1973 9th Aerial Port Squadron Forbes AFB, Kansas
1973 1975 2nd Aerial Port Squadron Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
1975 1977 Headquarters, Military Airlift Command, Scott AFB, Illinois
MAC IG Team - Combat Control Inspector
On 31 January 1977, Gene retired as a Chief Master Sergeant and immediately entered the civil work force. Over the next thirty years, he was actively involved in the development, marketing and sales of specialty products for combat identification, survival, escape, rescue, evasion, close air support and DZ/LZ/EZ operations.
Gene was instrumental in the development and fielding of the Quick Fix Suite of covert, through-sight Combat Identification devices for the second Gulf War. Historically, the American combat fratricide rate had averaged more than fifteen percent in all its wars since World War I. As a result of the Quick Fix fielding, the US Army judged the fratricide rate to be less than two-percent.
Military Awards, Decorations and Certifications
Air Crew Wings Combat Award
Master Parachute Wings w/1 Combat Star
Vietnamese Army Master Parachute Wings
HALO Certified Jumpmaster
Bronze Star Medal w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)
Air Medal w/5 OLC
Meritorious Service Medal w/2 OLC
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/Combat V and 6 OLC
Numerous Service Medals
Master of Arts, Business Administration, Webster College, St. Louis, Missouri - 1977
Bachelor of Arts, Business and Economics, Park College, Parkville, Missouri - 1975
Associate of Arts, Air Traffic Control Management, Johnson County Community College, Olathe, Kansas - 1973
Electro-Optical Surveillance - CCS Security Source Library, ISBN 1-884674-00-3, CCS Security Publishing, Ltd. The seven hundred-page encyclopedia describes the physics, construction and operation of image intensified night vision devices; and thermal viewers. - 1999.
Owning the Night - Cross Border Control International - 1996
We Own the Night Night Vision Equipment Company -1993.
Can EO Weapons Systems do it all? - Journal of Electronic Defense - 1986.
Beacon Bombing Still a Viable Option - National Defense Journal - 1985.
Precision Search and Rescue Motorolas - Government Electronics Group 1984.
Interests: Military History
Published writer: Yes