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Maj. Gen. E. Gordon Stump, USAF, Retired

1942 -


2016 Gordon Stump Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame

Major General E. Gordon Stump was born on May 23rd, 1942, in Zanesville, Ohio. He graduated from South High School in Akron, Ohio, in 1959 and attended the University of Akron, where he graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. While pursuing his degree, he participated in the Reserve Officers Training
Corps (ROTC) and was ultimately selected to serve as Wing Commander for the University s 1200 ROTC cadets.


Receiving his ROTC commission upon graduation, General Stump then attended pilot training at Webb Air Force Base, Texas. In September 1966, he received his wings and the Commander s Trophy for placing first in his training class. He was assigned to pilot the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger, a supersonic interceptor, and attended Fighter Interceptor Training at Perrin Air Force Base, Texas. Following training, he was assigned to the 509th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Clark Air Force Base, Philippines, and from July, 1967, through July, 1969, flew 244 combat missions over Vietnam, earning 10 Air Medals. General Stump left Clark Air Force Base in July, 1969, and was assigned alert duty in the F-102 at Key West Naval Air Station.

In December, 1969, Gen. Stump was released from active duty and joined the Ohio Air National Guard (ANG). In March, 1973, he moved to Michigan and flew the F-100 with the 107th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the Michigan Air National Guard where he served as Flight Commander of the unit he was until promoted to Squadron Commander in June, 1979. Promoted again in August, 1981, the General served as Chief of the Command Post for the 127th Tactical Fighter Wing until December, 1986, when he became Director of Operations for the Michigan Air National Guard Headquarters Staff located in Lansing. He assumed the Deputy Commander s position in July, 1987, and became the Commander, Headquarters, Michigan Air National Guard in September, 1989. In 1991, Governor Engler appointed General Stump to the position of the Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, a position he held for 12 years, making him the longest serving ANG Officer and the 3RD longest serving Adjutant General in 200 years.


In addition to his military career, General Stump retired from Michelin Tire Corporation (formerly Uniroyal Tire Company) as Vice President of Automotive Engineering, served in a consulting capacity for numerous projects and organizations, developed programs for troubled youth, and is a member of multiple veterans organizations.

General Stump accumulated over 4500 hours of flying time in T-33, T-37, T-38, F102, F84F, F100, A-7, F-16, and C-130 aircraft. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal/Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Combat Readiness Medal/Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Force Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Long, Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon/5 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal/Hourglass Device, Small Arms Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, State Legion of Merit, State Broadsword Service Ribbon/Gold Oak Leaf Cluster, and the State OCONUS Ribbon/Silver Oak Leaf Cluster.

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