General Charles A. Gabriel 1928-2003
General Charles A. Gabriel, USAF, (Ret.) died of natural causes on September 4, 2003 in McLean, Virginia.
General Gabriel was born in Lincolnton, North Carolina, in 1928. He attended Catawba College, Salisbury, North Carolina for two years before entering the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He graduated in June 1950 with a B.S. degree. He earned an M.S. degree in engineering management from the George Washington University, Washington D.C.; completed courses at the Naval War College (Command and Staff), Newport, Rhode Island; and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
After completing pilot training at Goodfellow AFB, Texas, and Craig AFB, Alabama, he was assigned to the 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing and the 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing in South Korea. He flew 100 combat missions in F-51s and F-86s and was credited with shooting down two MiG-15s,
During his tenure of over thirty-five years of military service, he held numerous key positions culminating his career as the eleventh Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. He served as a pilot and squadron air operations officer, 86th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, Landstuhl AB, Germany; squadron air officer commanding, USAF Academy, Colorado; adjutant for the 3550th Pilot Training Group and Commander Headquarters Squadron Section, Moody AFB, Georgia; staff officer, Directorate of Plans, Headquarters USAF, Washington, D. …