Officers and Directors
Stew Greathouse was commissioned in 1988 upon graduation from the USAF Academy. He finished pilot training at Columbus AFB, MS and was selected to fly the B-52. He flew combat missions in Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. He is Command Pilot with 500 hours of combat time and over 3,100 total flying hours in the B-52G, B-52H, T-38A and T-37B aircraft. He retired at Barksdale AFB in 2008 after 20 years of service. Since retiring, he completed an MBA at Centenary College of Louisiana and is currently working for Air Force Global Strike Command as an Operations Research Analyst in the Analyses, Assessment and Lessons Learned Division.
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Walt completed his Bachelors degree in Business at Kansas State University then served as an enlisted air traffic controller at Luke AFB, AZ. After completing OTS and navigator training, Walt served as a B-52 navigator, radar navigator, instructor and evaluator at Barksdale. He then returned to Mather AFB to teach new B-52 navigators and Navy P-3 naval flight officers. A tour in Hawaii as a general’s exec followed. He returned to the B-52 just in time for Operation Desert Storm from Jeddah, Saudia Arabia. Following the Gulf War, he served as commander of the 379th Services Squadron, Wurtsmith AFB until the base closed. He finished his career at Langley AFB with ACC Services, coordinating personnel and equipment for deployments. Since retirement he has been an instructor at the B-52 schoolhouse at Barksdale AFB. He has been married for 30 years and has four children. He has a Masters degree in Public Administration and has been a local MOAA board member since 1998.
Commissioned in 1971 through AFROTC, Dave Lay flew various models of the B-52 as a co-pilot, pilot and both an instructor and evaluator pilot. Assignments included SAC Headquarters, Air Force liaison to the Commander Second Fleet, various B-52 wing staffs, commander of an AFROTC detachment and as deputy commander of the Iceland Defense Force. He retired at Barksdale AFB in 2001 after 30 years of active service. He has an MS from USC and since retiring, completed a two year course of study in computers. Recently retired from Air Force Global Strike Command Hq, where he worked in the Air Operations Center. He is the immediate past president of the Ark-La-Tex Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.
Lt Col Phil Blaufuss was born in West Des Moines, Iowa and entered the Aviation Cadet program at Harlingen AB in 1954. He was awarded his commission and Navigator wings and married his home town sweetheart in 1956. From 56 to 59 he flew B-29s in Japan and Okinawa and assisted in the production of two daughters, LeeAnn and Sheryl, between shopping trips to Tokyo. He amassed over 7000 hours in the B-52 at Travis AFB, CA; Kincheloe AFB, MI; U-Tapao AB, Thailand; Anderson AB, Guam and Barksdale AFB. He is the recipient of two Distinguished Flying Cross medals and the Bronze Star. He retired in 1979 after 24 yrs of service. Since retirement he has taught mathematics and Computer Science in both the public school and university level. He recently lost his wife to Pulmonary Fibrosis after 53 years of marriage.
Dave quit high school and enlisted in the Air Force is 1954. During his career, he earned his High School GED, Bachelors on Bootstrap and Masters degrees. His 27 year career was split with 17 years enlisted and 10 as an officer. His most memorable assignments were Vietnam, where he helped set up the Weather Detachment at Tuy Hoa AB; the Air Force Academy (where he met his wife and where his two children were born), RAF Upper Heyford in the UK, 5th Air Force HQ in Japan, where he climbed to the top of Mt Fuji and his final assignment at Eighth AF HQ at Barksdale. After retirement Dave taught computer science at Bossier Parish Community College for fourteen years until he retired for the second time. Dave is ‘dual-hatted’ as both the president and the webmaster of the Ark-La-Tex Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.
Henry Lee Burns retired from the United States Army with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He then served fifteen years as a member of the Bossier Parish School Board. Subsequently, Henry won the Louisiana House of Representatives District 9 seat on October 20, 2007 and re-election in 2011. He also owns and operates the Wooden Spoon bakery in Bossier City and is a thoroughbred owner and breeder. Until the latter 1980s, Burns was an independent petroleum and natural gas operator. Burns received his bachelor of arts degree in upper elementary education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and his master of arts in education administration from Pepperdine University.
Bill Cocke entered the USAF as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1954 after receiving a commission through the AFROTC Program at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He also received a Bachelors degree in Geology. He obtained a navigator rating in 1956 after serving a tour of duty as a communication officer in Korea. He attended Electronics School and served as a EW on B-52’s for many years ane also had a tour of duty in Vietnam. He later served as Executive Officer to the Director of Operations at SAC Headquarters, located at Offutt AFB, Nebraska and later as Base Commander at Barksdale AFB, LA. Col Cocke served in the USAF for 26 years.
Col Steve dePyssler, has been a Board member since 1980. He is editor of The Military Officer (the Chapter newspaper) as well as the Chapter Recruiting Officer, the Dues Collector and the Chapter Casualty Officer. In his spare-time, Steve is Director of the Barksdale Retiree Activities Office where he works probably over 60 hours a week!
Lt Col Stan Johnson has served in the Korean War, Vietnam War and the Cold War. He has 25 years of military service. Stan retired as a command pilot with 14,500 flying hours having flown B-29`s, B-36`s, B-52`s, C-45`s, C-119`s, C-123`s and C-130`s. After retiring from the US Air Force, Stan worked as Supt. Of Operations for Shreveport Regional Airport for 20 years.
Jim Kendall entered the Air Force as an aviation cadet in November 1949 and retired as Chief of Staff, 8th Air Force with 31 years of service. He then worked in the oil and natural gas industry, retiring completely in 2004. Jim has served as Vice President and Director of the Ark-La-Tex Chapter of MOAA.
Ivan McKinney enlisted in USAF as a Private 1949. After basic training, he spent five years performing control tower & GCA duties. He was a Distinguished Graduate from OCS 1954. He was rated as Navigator 1957 and has over 4,000 hours in KC-97 & KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft. He has held various staff & command duties in operations and logistics. McKinney retired 1976 at 8th AF Hq and then worked for many years as a profession stockbroker. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Eastern Michigan, LA Tech and University of Oklahoma.
Tony was born in Shreveport and graduated from LA Tech, with an AFROTC commission in 1953. He served as a KB-29 Radar Operator then as a B-47 instructor navigator. In January 1961 he trained in the B-58 where he served as an instructor navigator and Standardization Evaluator. He was then assigned to 1stCEG at Barksdale as StandEval in the B-58 and FB-111 aircraft. Served as Chief of Bomber Operations, U-Tapao Airfield, Thailand in part of 1973 and 1974 retiring after rotation as a Lt Col. He went back to school and received two additional degrees from Louisiana Tech. Tony worked as a Independent Petroleum Landman since retirement. He has been married for 55 years and have 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He has been involved in many organizations as an officer/Board Member, military and civic since retirement.