by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Gen. Merrill Tony McPeak will be the featured speaker at Oswego Heritage Councils annual meeting Saturday.

Lake Oswego resident Gen. Merrill A. “Tony” McPeak will be the featured speaker at the Oswego Heritage Council annual meeting Saturday.

The event, at the Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St., Lake Oswego, will begin with coffee at 9:30 a.m., followed by the business meeting at 10 a.m. and McPeak’s presentation at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend all events.

McPeak entered the U.S. Air Force in 1957, as a distinguished graduate of San Diego State College’s ROTC program. A career fighter pilot, he spent two years with the Air Force’s elite aerobatics team, the Thunderbirds, performing before millions of people in nearly 200 official air shows in the U.S. and overseas. He flew 269 combat missions in Vietnam.

Senior leadership assignments included command of the 20th Fighter Wing in NATO, the Twelfth Air Force (and concurrently U.S. Southern Command Air Forces) and the Pacific Air Force. He was Air Force chief during a period of active U.S. involvement overseas, including Operation Desert Storem. While leading the Air Force, he conceived and executed the most extensive reorganization in its history.

In 1992, San Diego State University honored McPeak with its first-ever lifetime achievement award.  In 1995, George Washington University gave him its distinguished alumni  award, The George. He was among the initial seven inductees to the Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor.

McPeak is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York City, and in 2008 was a national co-chairman of Obama for President campaign. In 2010, President Obama appoint McPeak to the American Battle Monuments Commission, to which he was elected chairman.

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