Retired Jan. 1, 1984.
Brigadier General Philip S. Prince is commander of the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service, Scott Air Force Base, I11.
General Prince was born in 1933, in Monterey Park, Calif. He graduated from St. Francis High School and received his bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Southern California. The general received his master of arts degree in political science from Auburn (Ala.) University. His resident professional military education includes Squadron Officer School and Air Command and Staff College, both located at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.; and the Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
He entered the U.S. Air Force's aviation cadet program in February 1954 and earned his pilot wings and commission as a second lieutenant in June 1955. He subsequently underwent advanced flying training as a helicopter pilot and later as an F-84 day fighter-bomber pilot.
During the next six years, he served at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.; Taipei, Taiwan; and Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. From September 1961 to July 1968, General Prince was assigned to Air Rescue Service as a rescue crew commander at Maxwell Air Force Base; Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand; and Aviano Air Base, Italy. During that time he commanded three local base rescue detachments and also served an intervening temporary tour of duty at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam.
Following his completion of Air Command and Staff College in 1969, he retrained in heavylift helicopters in order to serve in Thailand as a member of the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron. Following that Southeast Asia tour of duty, General Prince was assigned to Headquarters Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service at Scott Air Force Base as director of research and development plans. In May 1972 General Prince took command of the 41st Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron at Hamilton Air Force Base, Calif. Following Naval War College in 1974, he was assigned to the inspector general's staff as deputy chief and later, as chief, Command Inspection Division, Air Force Inspection and Safety Center, Norton Air Force Base, Calif. In June 1975 he returned to Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service headquarters as vice commander.
In July 1977 he took command of the 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., where he was responsible for helicopter support of Strategic Air Command missile sites, and combat and humanitarian rescue training, and operations in the continental United States, Iceland, Germany, England, and Spain, through five squadrons and 24 detachments equipped with 120 rotary and fixed-wing aircraft.
He become commander of the 443rd Military Airlift Wing at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., in April 1980, where he was responsible for transition training of Military Airlift Command C-141 and C-5 air crew members, and for training special ground personnel of the command and other defense agencies. In September 1981 General Prince was named Military Airlift Command's inspector general. He assumed his present command in March 1983.
The general is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours and has flown 330 combat and combat support missions in Southeast Asia. His military decorations and awards include the Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Unit Citation with three oak leaf clusters and Coast Guard Outstanding Unit Award with operational device.
He was promoted to brigadier general Jan. 22, 1981, with same date of rank.