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Board of Visitors Continues to Expand
National Vietnam War Museum is pleased to announce another new member
has joined the Board of Visitors General John T. Chain, USAF Retired.
Board of Visitors is a group that provides advice to the Board of Directors
and consists of influential persons from various walks of life. Members
include Congressman Sam Johnson, who represents Texas Third Congressional
District; Mr. Adrian Cronauer, a prominent Washington attorney and former
USAF disk jockey of Good Morning Vietnam fame; State Senator Craig Estes
of Wichita Falls; and Mr. James Webb, a Vietnam War USMC veteran, former
Secretary of the Navy, and best-selling author.
Chain was commissioned into the Air Force through the ROTC program at
Denison University, Granville, Ohio. He received his pilot wings in
December 1957 and during his career accumulated 5,000 flying hours in
more than 45 different military aircraft, including the A-7, F-4, and
F-15. General Chain served two combat tours in Southeast Asia during
the Vietnam War with 400 combat flying hours.
his many assignments, General Chain flew as an aggressor pilot for the
57th Fighter Weapons Wing at Nellis AFB, Nevada; commanded the 1st Tactical
Fighter Wing at Langley AFB, Virginia; served as Chief of Staff, Supreme
Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium; and Commander
in Chief, Strategic Air Command.
awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with
oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak
leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal with ten oak leaf clusters,
and Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, to name but
Chain retired from the Air Force in 1991 and entered private industry.
He has served as Executive Vice President for Burlington Northern Santa
Fe (BNSF), President of Quarterdeck Equity Partners, Inc., and Chairman
of the Board for Thomas Group, Inc., his current position. General Chain
also serves on the Board of Directors for Kemper Insurance Companies,
Northrop Grumman Corporation, R. J. Reynolds, and ConAgra Foods, Inc.
National Vietnam War Museum welcomes General Chain to the Board of Visitors
and is looking forward to a long and mutually supportive relationship.
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