An Air Force “brat,” Jim was born at Cochran AAF, Macon GA. He enlisted in the “Delayed Enlistment” program in October 1967, waiting for his scheduled OTS class 67G, starting Jan 1967. Commissioned as a 2Lt on 17 March 1967, he went to pilot training at Reese AFB, Lubbock TX class 68G. A Viet Nam Veteran, he flew C-123B’s & K’s at Tan Son Nhut AB, Saigon, Viet Nam ’68 to ’69; C-141s at Dover AFB, DE ’70 to ’72; and C-5s at Dover from ’73 until his retirement in April 2000. Jim retired as the Vice Wing Commander of the 512 Airlift Wing with 33 years of active and reserve service.
From 1976 to 2004 he flew for three Airlines. At Trans America, ’76 to ’86, he flew DC-8s, DC-10-30s and L-382s (a stretched civilian version of the C-130). From ’87 to ’91, he flew Pan Am B-727s, AB-310s and AB-300s. Finally, flying for United from ’92 until 2004, he flew B-727s and B-777s. He retired from United April 2004.
Since airline retirement he became active in the Knights of Columbus, a fraternal, religious charitable men’s organization. He has been an elected Board member and Treasurer of Dover Council #4182 and the affiliated The Columbian Home Association, Inc since 2004. He’s also a board member and Treasurer of The Life Care Center of Dover, Inc, another affiliate of Dover Council, since 2013.
In 2016 he was asked to become a member of an organizational meeting for what became the 512th Aircrew Reunion Association, a newly-formed Delaware Non-profit Association. He agreed to serve as a Board member and Treasurer. The Association hosted the April 2017 Reunion at the AMC Museum and Dover Downs, with approximately 300 people attending. In December 2017, after all their obligations had been met, the Association donated $2,437.95 to the AMC Museum Foundation!
Jim and Dorothy (Dottie) Jean (Childress) of Fairview, NJ, have been married 51 years. They have three children, Khristie Greiner, Stephanie Grambau and Michael Schultz and eight grandchildren, ages 8 to 26. Jim and Dottie have lived in Dover since 1970 and reside in Courtside.