Recent Changes in Leadership of the Office of Air Force History
Watson, George M., Jr., Air Power History
This fall has witnessed a tremendous change in the senior leadership of the Air Force History and Museums Program. Clarence R. "Dick" Anderegg, Col, USAF (Ret.), the Director of the Air Force History and Museums Program has announced his retirement effective January 4, 2013. Mr. Anderegg was selected as Director in August 2003, and during his nearly nine and one-half year tenure has managed to preserve history program functions as it reduced in size to match USAF reductions. Mr. Walter Grudzinskas, the Deputy for Field Programs will serve as acting director until a successor to Mr. Aanderegg is chosen.
Like the rest of the United States Air Force, the History and Museums Program has sustained substantial manpower cuts, dropping from more than forty personnel at the combined headquarters and Historical Studies Office at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in the early 1990s, to about twenty positions at present. Despite the cuts, Mr. Anderegg managed to fulfill his vision for the program. His multi-volume "Airmen at War" series became a reality in classified format. During his tenure in this endeavor, Mr. Anderegg (above) succeeded in coordinating the cooperative efforts of the Air Force field historians with the Headquarters writing staff.
Other changes for the Headquarters office is the retirement of Ms. …