Retired March 1, 1968. Died Sep. 28, 2001.
Clarence Joseph Galligan was born in New York City in 1920. He graduated from St. Peters High School, Staten Island, in 1937, and entered New York University where he studied aeronautical engineering.
He interrupted his studies to enlist as a flying cadet and was commissioned a second lieutenant March 15, 1941. He served primarily as a combat group commander during World War II and is rated a command pilot.
He logged more than 750 combat hours and 55 combat missions during the war. He was assigned to the European Theater from June 1942 through the war's end. During this period he participated in the North African invasion and six other campaigns.
In 1944, he commanded the American combat group in the "Balkan Air Force" - an international force that supplied assistance and evacuated partisans and guerillas operating in enemy-held territories.
From 1945 through September 1950, Colonel Galligan held command positions at base and group level. He also obtained his bachelor of science from the University of North Carolina during this period (1949).
In September 1950 he was assigned as chief, Personnel Progress Branch, Deputy Chief of Staff/Comptroller, Headquarters U.S. Air Force in Washington. A year later he attended the Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration and graduated "with distinction" with a master's in business administration.
He was assigned in August 1953 to Korea where he served as comptroller, 5th Air Force. He then became the chief of accounting for the Military Air Transport Service.
Colonel Galligan became comptroller of the Southern Air Materiel Area (Europe) in June 1955 and served in this assignment until September 1957 when he was assigned to Headquarters Air Materiel Command and became chief of accounting and finance, then deputy comptroller of the Air Materiel Command.
In September 1960, Colonel Galligan was assigned as deputy chief of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, and the Air Force's senior representative to the joint activity. During his tenure as A&AFES deputy chief, Colonel Galligan served as the system's general manager. He brought to the Exchange Service an extensive background in business administration and fiscal control and initiated improvements designed to streamline procedures and introduce automation in systems development.
When it became time to rotate the A&AFES top position from the Army to the Air Force in June 1963, Colonel Galligan was named by the chief of staff, U.S. Air Force and approved by the board of directors, Army and Air Force Exchange and Motion Picture Services to become chief of the world-wide exchange system. He was promoted to brigadier general Aug. 1, 1963 and is currently serving as chief, Army and Air Force Exchange Service.