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Paul Wesley Airey
Birth: Dec. 13, 1923
New Bedford
Bristol County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Mar. 11, 2009
Panama City
Bay County
Florida, USA

Military Pioneer. He was the first Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. Raised in Massachusetts, he joined the US Army Air Corps in 1942 and was to serve in Europe as a B-24 gunner; shot down in 1944, he was held prisoner-of-war for a year. During the Korean War he served at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, and was awarded the Legion of Merit for developing a system to protect radios from corrosion. The next several years saw him hold a succession of postings as a first sergeant; on April 3, 1967, he was appointed the first Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, senior enlisted advisor to the Air Force Chief of Staff. Airey remained in the position until July 31, 1969, then retired in 1970. After leaving active duty he worked with a number of veteran's organizations before relocating to Florida where he died of heart failure complicated by cancer. His decorations include two Legions of Merit, two Air Medals, and the Prisoner of War Medal. The Paul W. Airey NCO Academy at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, carries his name. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
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 Parents:
  Robert Burton Airey (1898 - 1969)
  Flora Paul Airey (1901 - 1960)
 
 Spouse:
  Shirley Elizabeth Babbitt Airey (1925 - 2001)
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Nov 04, 2010
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Rest in Peace.
- LMD
 Added: Sep. 30, 2014

- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Sep. 19, 2014
Thanks for your service; rest in peace
- Sharon Davis
 Added: Jul. 17, 2014
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