Letters to the Editor

Scott, area loses a strong leader with passing of Gen. Cassidy

On Feb. 8, we lost a great leader and warrior, Gen. Duane H. Cassidy, age 82. Gen. Cassidy commanded the Military Airlift Command and then today’s current Air Mobility Command and the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) from 1985 to 1989. Gen. Cassidy was a bomber pilot and a missilier and then became an airlift pilot and served in Vietnam and locations all across the globe.

I served on the Security Police staff, led by Col. Sam Stocks, as a captain under his command. He was a great supporter of his cops all across MAC which then was present not only across the United States but had bases in Japan, Germany and the Azores. He was responsible for revitalizing Scott Air Force Base, which set a path for the base’s continued improvement in mission and quality of life facilities.

I was fortunate, but somewhat nervous, as a captain, to brief him in person on our security police (now security forces) teams participating in Airlift Rodeo. He was not intimidating and yet you knew he had a firm grasp on all mission areas of both AMC and USTRANSCOM.

I know I speak for the thousands who served with him, Gen. Cassidy was a warrior, a true gentleman and a visionary. He was a major presence at both Scott Air Force Base and in the metro-east. He will be missed.

Phil Henning, Smithton

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