John Madden 1960
My first exposure to Phi Kappa Tau was during the fall rush season in 1958. That evening Bill Ware, Richard Fallin and I were in our Old Main dorm room when a knock on the door was heard…we were concerned…we were looking to avoid short haircuts and whatever else the seniors would likely be doling out to “frosh”.
We did get up the courage to open the door and after hearing about the fraternity, we accepted their invitation to the house. At the rush party we were impressed with everyone we met and let them know we would like to join.
Some of my fondest Alpha Chi memories are: the daily interaction with all the pledges and members, eating a lot of humble pie as a pledge…washing my big brother’s new car a lot, initiation, the weekly meetings in the 304 South Jackson street attic chapter room, being a big brother to Steve Felts, “shooting the bull” sessions and the socials. I was honored to receive an outstanding pledge and later and outstanding member award.
The best memory of Alpha Chi of Phi Kappa Tau will always be the people. I learned so much from them.
Finally, over the years staying in contact with Bill Ware, Ed Graham, Gary Hawkins and Bill Jones has been very special. I look forward to the April 30th get together and also to remembering our brothers that have passed.
P.S. I salute Gary Hawkins for what he has done for Alpha Chi and Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity as a whole.
Thanks all, your brother….John Madden ’60 Retired Colonel USAF 27 years, Retired Manager and a Chief Pilot of the Boeing Company 17 years
United State Air Force
Fighter Pilot: F-4, F-15 & F-5
Three combat tours in Vietnam flying the F-4 from South Vietnam and Thailand.
254 Combat Missions (190 out of country/North Vietnam) and 543 Combat hours.
Wing Tactics Officer, Mission & Flight Leader, Udoran AB, Thailand
Commander, F-15 Squadron, Luke AFB, Arizona
USAF Fighter Requirements, The Pentagon
Commander, USAF European Liaison Force (ELF), responsible for air and ground based radar surveillance, Saudi Arabia
Commander, “Red Flag”, World’s largest air combat training exercises, Nellis AFB, Nevada
Vice Commander, Thirteenth Air Force, Clark AB, Philippines
Silver Star (2), Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross (11), Meritorious Service Medal (5), Air Medal (21), & Commendation Medal (2)
Flights under his leadership downed 5 enemy aircraft (3 are credited to him). On 5 other missions caused enemy fighters to break off attacks on friendly aircraft. No flight members lost. Saved wingman from missile attack.
The Boeing Company:
777 Aircraft Flight Deck Design
747 & 767 Program MGMT
F-22 Program & Military Flight Operations
Chief Pilot, Boeing Owned T-33 Aircraft
Supported Experimental Engineering Flight Test
John hold a bachelors in Industrial Technology from Mississippi State, and a Master’s in Public Administration from Shippensburg State College. He completed the Advanced Air Force Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC) while in school. In the USAF, John completed the Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL, Air Force “Top Gun” School, Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV, Air Command and Staff College and the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, PA. He states, “enriching my life and career are my darling wife of 48 years, Stephanie and our amazing two children John and Stella Blythe and their families.”