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Marvin L. Metzinger,
Major, USAF (Ret)


Who is this METZ guy - from ROTC to Retirement.

I spent my Air Force career changing plans for "the good of the USAF." 

I attended ROTC as a pilot candidate, but after commissioning I had to take another entry physical. Never sure why that happened, but I failed the eye test and was redirected to NAV training at Mather AFB. Upon completion of NAV school, I received an assignment to RTU at MacDill, but upon arrival there was redirected to George AFB. When I arrived at George, I was reassigned to Homestead AFB for RTU training. After attending Water survival, I reported to Homestead, again I was reassigned to George AFB.I was redirected to MacDill before being reassigned to George AFB. Finally, I arrived at George, 21 TFS, only to be assigned to the Wing Social Actions as a Drug and Alcohol Abuse counselor, then as Section lead for the rehab training section. After being identified as an "Outstanding Performer" by the IG and receiving an EXCELLENT rating during the MEI, I was finally allowed to enter RTU for F-4 training. Upon completion of RTU, I was assigned to Kunsan AB but when I reported to Travis for transport, I received a change of orders to Osan AB. After my tour at Osan, my next assignment was to Soesterburg AB, 32 TFS. After only a year of a 2 yr assignment, the Sqdrn transitioned to the F-15 and I was reassigned to Osan. I was selected to attend FWS, 414th at Nellis and then to Moody AFB. After arrival at Moody, the F-16s were coming and I was then reassigned to Osan once again but this time to the Wg Wpns shop. From there I was assigned to the 199 TFS and 326 AD as the IWSO advisor to the HI ANG and project officer in the AD. The assignment was curtailed when the 199th was assigned the F-15 and I once again returned to Korea, but this time to Taegu AB and the 497th Hooters as a Flight commander and later ADO. During the draw down of forces in the late 1980s, the F-4 operations at the GU were shut down and I was assigned to PACAF DOXE, working exercises across the Pacific and the end of my flying career. As you can tell, single seat fighters kept taking away my jobs and sending me back to Korea. ... 


Retirement Photo & Bio

Retired as the Commander of the Metrology Training Flight, 3420 Technical Training Squadron, 3400 Technical Training Group, Lowry AFB, Colorado, in 1994.

Major Metzinger was born on 4 August, 1950, in Galesburg, Illinois. He moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1956.  He attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman and graduated in 1973 with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management and Marketing and received his Air Force commission through ROTC. In 1988, he earned a Master's of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. He completed Squadron Officer's School in 1983, Air Command and Staff College in 1985 and was an Outstanding Graduate from the National Security Management Course at the National Defense University in 1987.

Major Metzinger has 2000+ hours of flying time in the F-4 aircraft, with over 1500 hours in the Air-to-Air mission. He is a graduate of Fighter Weapons Instructor Course and the Interceptor Weapons School.

His initial assignment was to the 450 Flying Training Squadron, Mather AFB, Ca., for Undergraduate Navigator Training in 1974. He was then assigned to Social Actions as a counselor and drug and alcohol abuse control officer at George AFB, Ca., while awaiting training in the F-4 Replacement Training Unit with the 21 TFTS. In 1976, he began his first overseas tour as a Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) in the F-4Es of the 36 Tactical Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. In December, 1976, he was selected to attend Interceptor Weapons School Instructors Course at Tyndall AFB, Fl., and then returned to Osan AB, ROK. In 1977 he was reassigned to the 32 TFS as an F-4E WSO at  Camp New Amsterdam, Netherlands, USAFE. When the unit converted to the F-15, he was then assigned to the 36 TFS, as an F-4E Instructor (IWSO), Osan AB, ROK.

He was nominated and selected by Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) to attend Fighter Weapons Instructor Course (FWIC), 414th Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nv. After graduation from FWIC, he was assigned to the 70 TFS, Moody AFB, Ga., as the Squadron Weapons and Tactics Officer in the F-4E, 70 TFS. In 1983 he was assigned to the 51 TFW as the Wing Weapons and Tactics Officer at Osan AB, ROK. He was reassigned to the 326 Air Division, Wheeler AFB, Hawaii, as the Hawaii Air National Guard IWSO Advisor flying the F-4C. When the HIANG converted to the F-15 in 1987, he was reassigned to the 497 TFS, Taegu AB, ROK, as Flight Commander and later as the Assistant Operations Officer and closed down the 497 Tactical Fighter  Squadron and F-4E operations at K-2 Air Base, Taegu, Korea.

He was assigned to PACAF Headquarters, Pacific Operations Command, Exercise Plans Division, Chief of Operations in Asia and the South Pacific in April, 1989. He planned, coordinated, contracted and assisted in the execution of all USAF exercises in Guam, the Marshal Islands, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and the Republic's of the Philippines and Korea .

In December of 1992, he assumed Command of Metrology Training at Lowry AFB, Colorado. A Distinguished Graduate of the Air Education and Training Command, Technical Training Instructor Course, Lowry AFB, Colorado, he served as the Metrology Training Commander until April, 1994.

Military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Combat Readiness Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, and the National Defense Medal with Bronze Star.

Promoted to Major on 1 July, 1985.  Retired from active duty 1 May, 1994.

Major Metzinger is married to the former Hye Suk Om of Hwa Song Gun, Republic of Korea, in 1978. They have two children, Kenny (July, 1979) and Heather (June, 1980).


319 FITS, 1976


414 FWS, 1981

70 TFS





497 TFS

51 Comp Wg (TAC)

35th Wing

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