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Colonel Charles M. Thrash, USAF (Ret)

Colonel Charles M. Thrash, USAF (Ret)

Col Charles M. "Charlie" Thrash was stationed at Myrtle Beach AFB on three different occasions.  During these three tours, he filled nearly every flying-related leadership position in the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW)and amassed more than 2,000 flying hours in the A-10A.  He served as a Squadron pilot, Instructor pilot, Mission Commander, Standardization-Evaluation pilot, Flight Commander, 356th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) Assistant Operations Officer, 355 TFS Operations Officer, and 353rd Fighter Squadron Commander.

Col Thrash served as the 354th TFW Vice Commander during his last tour at Myrtle Beach AFB (1991-1992).  During this post-Desert Storm period, he was responsible for developing and managing the initial base closure processes. 

Col Thrash earned numerous awards during his 26-year career, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Aerial Achievement Medal, and the Legion of Merit.  He participated in 240 combat missions and completed over 700 combat flight hours.  He also served tours of duty in Vietnam, Texas, Arizona,  Hawaii, Washington D.C., Saudi Arabia and North Carolina. Col Thrash retired in 1995 as the Vice Commander of the 23rd Wing, Pope AFB, NC.