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Joe Charles Briley


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Kerrville, TX



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Parents: Charles and Myrtle; Wife: Nona, Children: Don, Bill, Barbara, Elizabeth


Mineral Wells, TX

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Post-WWII Military Service:

He then was assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing at Roswell, N.M., participating in the Bikini bomb tests. He served in England from 1950 to 1953 with the 3rd Air Force and the SAC 7th Division, which allowed him and his family to witness the celebrations of the coronation of the young Queen Elizabeth and to visit many of the European countries.

From there, he became Chief of the Bomber Test Organization of the Air Proving Ground Command, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., which was responsible for conducting Suitability Tests on various Strategic and Tactical Bomber Weapons Systems and all transport and tanker aircraft purchased by the Air Force. This work culminated each year in a "Fire Power Demonstration", attended by dignitaries from all over the country.

In 1958, he was assigned Director of Operations of the 314th Air Division in Osan, Korea, responsible for monitoring the USAF responsibilities to the Republic of Korea Air Force and maintaining the relationship between the American and United Nations ground forces. In 1959, he assumed command of Johnson Air Base, Japan, and, in 1960, he was named commander of Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa.


Mr. Briley passed away on December 8, 2008. He is buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.


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