Hans H. Driessnack

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Hans H. Driessnack
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Lieutenant General Hans H. Driessnack
Born (1927-08-11)August 11, 1927
Yonkers, New York
Died October 16, 2006(2006-10-16) (aged 79)
Sterling, Virginia
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1951–1983
Rank Lieutenant General
Unit 428th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
517th Strategic Fighter Squadron
407th Strategic Fighter Wing
Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Comptroller
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Comptroller
Commands held Comptroller of the Air Force
Battles/wars Korean War
Awards Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal (2)
Air Force Commendation Medal (3)
Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation

Hans Helmuth Driessnack (August 11, 1927 – October 16, 2006) was a Lieutenant General in the USAF, in which he served as a fighter pilot and later, Comptroller of the Air Force.

Background[edit]

Driessnack was born in Yonkers, New York in 1927, and graduated from Charles E. Gorton High School in 1945. In 1951, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Syracuse University, where he was enrolled in the AFROTC.

Military service[edit]

After graduating from Syracuse and the AFROTC program, Driessnack was commissioned as a second lieutenant in March, 1951. He served as a base civil engineering officer until October, 1952, at which time he entered the pilot training program at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. In the spring of 1953, having completed combat crew training at what was then Pinecastle Air Force Base (it was later renamed McCoy Air Force Base), Lieutenant Driessnack deployed to South Korea, where he served as a fighter pilot in the 428th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, eventually flying twenty-five combat missions.

In March, 1954, Driessnack was reassigned to the 517th Strategic Fighter Wing at Malstrom, Montana. In March 1954, he was reassigned on-base to the 407th Strategic Fighter Wing.

Lieutenant General Driessnack earned a M.S. in Business Administration in 1959 from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

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