Francis McDermott: pride of the US Air Force

The US air force has got many talented officers who have done the nation proud through their deeds. One such remarkable officer in my knowledge is Robert Francis McDermott. This ace Brigadier General is known as the father of contemporary military education. He was born in Massachusetts in 1920. He served in the US Air Force from 1943 to 1968. He received many awards and accolades in his career. He was even honored with the Legion of Merit. He went on to become the CEO of the Us Air Force. He breathed his last in 2006 in San Antonio, Texas. Do you know this Air force personnel was highly qualified? Francis McDermott was a student of Norwich University. He graduated from the US Military Academy in 1943. He even did a MBA from the prestigious Harvard Business School in 1950. Not only that, he successfully completed a doctor of laws degree from the eminent St. Louis University. I can tell you that Francis McDermott acted as a pillar of strength behind US Air Force during the Second World War. He served for the Pentagon also. The government noticed his contributions to the nation. The then US president Eisenhower appointed him as the US Air Force Academy’s first permanent professor. That was in 1957. After 2 years he was elevated to the position of the Dean of the faculty. Simultaneously he got promotion to the post of brigadier general. The Military education system got a new lease of life under his leadership and he was the pioneer in introducing many path-breaking concepts in the whole fabric of the service academy system. Francis McDermott  stressed on the mental aptitude aspect of a candidate for the first time. I do not think any other person has been able to reach such dizzying heights. This talented Air Force serviceman did not sit idle after his retirement and that is something I like about him. He wrote books on finance aimed at service personnel. In 1975 he built the Economic Development Foundation. He acted as its chairman till 1980. Residents of San Antonio remember him for his manifold contributions to the community.