OPA holds monthly dinner meetings the first Thursday of every month (with some exceptions; check our Calendar on this site) at the C.E. Page Building at Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City (see map at left). Distinguished guest speakers present educational and safety related programs at the monthly dinner meetings. Visitors are welcome!
Dinner is $13 per person and payable by cash or check at the door. Social gathering starts at 6:30pm; dinner is served at 7:00pm; presentation usually starts around 7:30pm. Dinner is not required.
Please email Roger Walton (below) with reservations. Indicate if dinner is desired.
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MARCH DINNER MEETING
Thursday - March 1st
Speaker: Col. Charles B. DeBellevue, Retired
Former Fighter Pilot
Social 6:30 pm; Dinner 7:00 pm
Colonel Chuck DeBellevue earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the USAF in January 1968. He attended Undergraduate Navigator Training and, after F-4 upgrade training, was assigned to the 335th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, he was assigned to the 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand in October 1971. While there, Chuck flew 220 combat missions, 96 of which were over North Vietnam and is credited with the destruction of six North Vietnamese jet fighters in aerial combat--four MiG-21s and two MiG-19s. Chuck is the leading "ACE" from the war in Southeast Asia.
Following his combat tour he attended Undergraduate Pilot Training and upgraded into the F-4. He served in a number of squadron, staff and command positions. He was the commander of the 432nd Combat Support Group at Misawa Air Base, Japan and the 95th Air Base Wing at Edwards AFB, CA. His final assignment was as the commander of AFROTC Detachment 440 at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Chuck and his wife, Sally, were the 1994 recipients of the General and Mrs. Jerome F. O'Malley Award, given to the top wing commander and spouse in Air Force Material Command. He, along with the two other Ace's, received the MacKay Trophy in 1972. Chuck is a command pilot with over 3,000 flying hours, 550 hours of which were in combat.
His military decorations include the Air Force Cross, 3 Silver Stars, 3 Legions of Merit, 6 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 18 Air Medals. He retired effective 1 Feb 1998 with 30 years of service and was the last American Ace on active duty.
Following retirement from the Air Force, Chuck worked for a number of companies, both local and national, and for Oklahoma State University. He currently works for Performance Aircraft Services, Inc., enhancing legacy aircraft reliability. He is a member of the board of directors of the Edmond Family Counseling and is also the Vice President for Veteran Affairs for the Gerrity Chapter of the Air Force Association (central Oklahoma).
Chuck was selected as the Outstanding Alumni of the University of Louisiana - Lafayette for 2008 and was inducted into the Louisiana Aviation Hall of Fame on May 22, 2011 and the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame on November 9, 2012. In September 2014, the Air Force Association awarded the American Fighter Aces their Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, he, along with all the American Fighter Aces, was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014. He was the Air Warrior Courage Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year for 2017.
Chuck DeBellevue is married to Sally Kanik of Rancho Cordova, CA. They have two daughters and a son and four grandchildren.
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