Col. Curtis Steven Milam, USAF (Ret.)
Mr. Milam has one brother. Col. Curtis S. Milam, who was a career officer in the United States Air Force. He is 58 years old and was born at Homestead AFB on May 8, 1963. Col. Milam attended the University of Texas earning a B.A. in Finance. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Arkansas, and a Masters of Military Arts and Sciences from the Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth. He is also a graduate of the Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, Joint Forces Staff College, and Squadron Officers School. Col. Milam has extensive defense management experience having held extended posts at the Pentagon and SHAPE. He has spent significant time briefing on Capitol Hill. He was at work in the Pentagon in the wedge which was hit on the morning of 9/11. Col. Milam is a combat veteran having participated in the first Gulf War in the C-130 and supported the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq while at the Pentagon and SHAPE. He is an active writer on US politics and defense. Col. Milam has a son and a daughter.
Brig. Gen. Kenneth Ray Milam, Jr. USAF (Ret.) (dec.)
Mr. Chris Milam’s father, Gen. Kenneth R. Milam, Jr. (1929-2007) was a career officer in the United States Air Force. He was a native of Uvalde, Texas and was commissioned in 1953. After attending pilot training at Davis-Monthan, he served three years as a fighter pilot in Korea and Japan (F-86). After Korea, Gen. Milam ferried fighter aircraft to North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries during which time he met his future wife Dorothy, a native of New York City and at the time a stewardess for Eastern Airlines (Constellation). Following that, Gen. Milam flew F-100s at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, SC, before his reassignment to Strategic Air Command (B-52), Great Falls, Montana. In September 1966 Gen. Milam returned to fighters as an aircraft commander at George Air Force Base, CA. In March 1967 he was assigned duty in Southeast Asia (two tours) where he flew more than 100 combat missions over North Vietnam in the F-4 (Night Owls, Ubon). He flew additional combat missions in the T-28, 0-1, and A-1 aircraft. Gen. Milam returned from Southeast Asia in November 1967 and took temporary leave from the Air Force after his selection by 20th Century Fox as a pilot for the combat scenes in the motion picture “Tora! Tora! Tora!.” In the film, Gen. Milam flew replicas of Japanese zero-type fighters, torpedo bombers, dive bombers, and the American P-40 fighter. Gen. Milam earned his command pilot wings and amassed approximately 4,000 hours in USAF fighter and multiengine aircraft; flying and in many cases instructing in nearly every aircraft in the inventory of the time. His military decorations and awards include the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, and the Distinguished Flying Cross with five devices. Gen. Milam was one of the youngest officers promoted to the rank of Brigadier General by the USAF in peace time, based on his skill as a manager. He retired as a Deputy Chief of Staff, Air Force Logistics Command, Wright Patterson, AFB in 1979. Gen. Milam is survived by two sons, Christopher F. Milam, and Col. Curtis S. Milam, USAF (Ret).