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 Robert Arthur Knauff

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Robert Arthur Knauff

Birth
Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 3 May 2014 (aged 61)
Aguila, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Schuylerville, Saratoga County, New York, USA
Plot SECTION 6 SITE 562
Memorial ID 129334016 View Source
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Graduate of the US Air Force Academy, member of the world famous Class of 75, Best alive! Cadet Squadron 28. Retired as Major General from the USAF. He is a combat veteran with more than 3,900 flying hours. Knauff, flew the F-106 Delta Daggers, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Falcon and OV-10 observation aircraft, commanded the 174th Fighter Wing at Hancock field from 1996 to 2003, prior to becoming Chief of Staff of the Air National Guard and then Commander. He was a resident of Manlius, Onondaga County , Knauff's previous assignments included F-15 instructor pilot at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona; forward air controller at George Air Force Base in California; flying F-106s with the New Jersey Air National Guard; and serving as the Chief of staff of the New York Air National Guard. Knauff's awards included the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon, and Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal, and the New York State Defense of Liberty Medal.

Obituary -

Syracuse, NY -- A retired fighter pilot and former New York Air National Guard commander from Cazenovia was killed Saturday while piloting his glider plane in the desert northwest of Phoenix, authorities said.
Retired Maj. Gen. Robert A. Knauff, a combat veteran with more than 3,900 flying hours, was about 100 feet in the air in Aguila, Ariz. when a towrope connecting him to an airplane somehow became disconnected, a Maricopa County sheriff's spokesman told The Associated Press.
Witnesses told investigators Knauff -- the registered owner of the aircraft -- appeared to try making a sharp turn and then the glider plane stalled, hitting a pole, according to the AP.
Knauff was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 61.
The New York National Guard issued a statement Sunday saying its members are mourning the loss of its former commander.
Knauff commanded the Syracuse-based 174th Fighter Wing at Hancock Field from 1996 to 2003. He then became chief of staff for the New York Air National Guard, and then commander in 2005.
When he was commander, New York's 109th Airlift Wing flew many missions with lots of materials to build a research station in Antarctica, said his sister Christy Fitzpatrick, of Colorado. After he retired, the National Science Foundation named a mountain in Antarctica in his honor, she said. Fitzpatrick said she once found "Mt. Knauff" on Google Earth.
"He was pretty modest, but I think he was pleased," Fitzpatrick said. "I thought it was pretty cool."
Fitzpatrick said her brother always brought out the best in the people with whom he worked.
"He was very fair," she said. "He was very direct. And he really cared about his people."
Knauff commanded the 6,000-member New York Air National Guard and served as deputy commander of the 17,000 men and women of the New York Army and Air National Guard, according to the New York National Guard. He retired from the military in February 2009.
"Our entire military family extends our deepest sympathies on the loss of this great Air Force leader and friend," Maj. Gen. Patrick A. Murphy, the adjutant general and commander of the New York National Guard, said in a prepared statement. "Bob Knauff stayed active in his support of soldiers and airmen even in his retirement years and our National Guard has lost a tremendous leader and supporter."
Knauff's death comes just months after his wife, Tara Howard Knauff, died of cancer in October. They had been married for one year and four months.
His first wife, Kathy Knauff, died of cancer in 2009.
Robert Knauff lived in Cazenovia, Madison County, and remained active in the Central New York community, according to his sister and the military. He was an advisor emeritus with the Syracuse area Salvation Army and involved in its annual Christmas Bureau. Knauff also belonged to a local glider club, Fitzpatrick said.
He recently served as chief executive officer at Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR) in Rome, where he was involved in the proposal to bring drone research to Central New York, his sister said. He also served as a chairman of the Board for the Military Association of New York, according to the military.
Knauff received many awards over the years, including the Legion of Merit, Air Force Overseas Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Medal and New York State Defense of Liberty Medal.
Tait Funeral Home in Cazenovia is still finalizing Knauff's funeral arrangements. Knauff is survived by his sister, and several nieces and nephews.
(Source: Catie O'Toole, Syracuse.com, 4 May 2014)

USAF Official Statement -
LATHAM, N.Y. (05/04/2014)-- Members of the New York National Guard mourn the loss of retired Maj. Gen. Robert A. Knauff, the former New York Air National Guard Commander who was killed in a glider accident in Aguila, Ariz. May 3.
Knauff commanded the 6,000-member New York Air National Guard and served as deputy commander of the 17,000 men and women of the New York Army and Air National Guard.
He retired from military service in February 2009.
"Our entire military family extends our deepest sympathies on the loss of this great Air Force leader and friend," said Maj. Gen. Patrick A. Murphy, the adjutant general and commander of the New York National Guard. "Bob Knauff stayed active in his support of Soldiers and Airmen even in his retirement years and our National Guard has lost a tremendous leader and supporter."
Knauff was a pilot with 3,900 flying hours in F-106 Delta Daggers, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Falcon and OV-10 observation aircraft. He commanded the 174th Fighter Wing at Hancock field from 1996 to 2003, prior to becoming Chief of Staff of the Air National Guard and then Commander.
A 1975 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Gen Knauff completed undergraduate pilot training in 1976. In the years following, he undertook a series of flying and command assignments culminating with his duty at the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs in Latham, NY.
In addition, he served as the Air National Guard assistant to the commander, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. He was a combat veteran with more than 3,900 flying hours.
A resident of Manlius, Onondaga County, Knauff's military assignments included serving as an F-15 instructor pilot at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona; serving as a forward air controller at George Air Force Base in California; flying F-106s with the New Jersey Air National Guard; and serving as the Chief of Staff of the New York Air National Guard.
More recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer at Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR) in Rome, N.Y. He was also served as a Chairman of the Board for the Military Association of New York.
Knauff's awards included the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon, and Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal, and the New York State Defense of Liberty Medal.

(Source: Posted Sunday May 04, 2014 at 03:01 pm by New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs)


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