George Wallace spent his 26 year career in public affairs and food services
RAPID CITY, SD--Air Force retiree George Wallace considers his enlistment in the military as "one of the best decisions of my life".
Wallace, who spent the first half of his 26-year Air Force career in food services and the second half in journalism and public affairs, is Rapid City's Veteran of the Month for February. Wallace was honored at the February 20 City Council meeting.
Just two years out of high school, Wallace joined the Air Force when the United States was deeply involved in the Vietnam War. He spent 15 years of his military career overseas in Thailand, Great Britain, Iceland, Turkey and Spain. In Thailand, he prepared meals for many injured soldiers. In England, he served as a food services accountant.
Wallace spent two years at Ellsworth Air Force Base, arriving six months after the 1972 Flood and continued work as a food services specialist and accountant. After a two-year tour of Iceland, he returned to Ellsworth in 1977 and was assigned as a journalist and public affairs specialist. He would serve in public affairs at Ellsworth, Turkey and England before accepting assignment for three years to the media division at Strategic Air Command Headquarters at Offutt AFB in Omaha. He would also serve as superintendent for public affairs at Torrejon Air Base, Madrid, Spain before a tour of service during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq.
As a public affairs specialist, his stories appeared in numerous base publications, the Rapid City Journal, Stars & Stripes as well as Strength & Health, and Aviation magazines.
Wallace retired in 1991 as a senior master sergeant.
The Veteran of the Month recognition is conducted by the City of Rapid City in partnership with the Veterans Coordination Commission.
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