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Rising to the Challenge (1960-1974)

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Director of Installations
Jul 1957-Mar 1959
Director of Civil Engineering
Mar 1959-Jul 1963
Maj. Gen. Augustus M. Minton moved to Air Force Headquarters in Washington in 1957, where he was assigned as director of civil engineering. As such, he was responsible for all design, construction, maintenance and operation of real estate and management of Air Force facilities. It was during this period (June 17, 1957 to June 1, 1963) that he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a duty of great responsibility.
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Director of Civil Engineering
May 1963-May 1968
Maj Gen Robert H. Curtin was appointed to director of civil engineering in July 1963. Curtin presided over the creation of the first two RED HORSE units, the 554th and the 555th. Both units were recognized for their meritorious service in Vietnam.
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Director of Civil Engineering
May 1968-Dec 1971
Maj. Gen. Guy H. Goddard was assigned as director of civil engineering, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. in May 1968. Goddard was involved in military engineering and construction for two military services throughout his career and was President of the Society of American Military Engineers in May 1970.
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Director of Civil Engineering
Jan 1972-Mar 1974
Maj. Gen. Maurice R. Reilly served as Director of Civil Engineering from 1972 to 1974. He viewed the primary challenge facing the organization as managing valuable resources in an environment of fiscal restraint. In 1974, the combined military and civilian Air Force Civil Engineering workforce of 76,000 managed a physical plant with a replacement value of $55 billion. New facilities were acquired to serve new and changing missions, costing a total of $1.5 billion to $2 billion annually.