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The son of a career U.S. Army man, Ben was born in Talladega, Alabama and is a lifetime member of Clan Wallace through his great-grandmother Bertha Wallace Howard.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force on 12 July 1961, serving on Air Force bases from Kansas to New York, New Hampshire, California and Arizona. Additionally, he served overseas in the Philippine Islands, Guam, Okinawa, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Korea, Thailand, and Indonesia.
Ben attended Auburn University Alabama for two years prior to enlisting in the Air Force. He has two AA degrees in Aircraft Maintenance and Instructor of Technology, a BA in Management, and an MA in Public Administration from Golden Gate University.
Beginning as a reciprocating engine mechanic, he later cross trained into jet engines; became a Quality Control Inspector and spent the last four years of his career as a Field Training Master Instructor, retiring from active duty at Williams Air Force Base in August, 1981, as a Master Sergeant.
As a civilian, Ben worked for Garrett Turbine Engine Company for one year and from there returned as a Civil Service employee to Williams Air Force Base in 1982. Upon Williams closing in August 1992, Ben transferred to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona where he retired as Chief of Resources, GS-12, for the 56th Civil Engineering Squadron in March, 2007.
Ben loves all things Scottish and loves Aviation History and Military History. He loves to read and enjoys travelling. He is a life time member of the Scottish American Military Society (SAMS) and for three years, served as Commander of the SAMS Color Guard. Ben has also been member of the Clan Wallace Society since 1996.
Ben enjoys spending time with the love of his life, Kathy. They share 6 children, 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
For your service and sacrifice Ben, the Clan Wallace Society salutes you!