COLONEL ROBERT E. BLAUW
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Colonel Robert E. Blauw
Director of Security and Law Enforcement
1 February 1970 - 1 December 1973
Colonel Robert E. Blauw was assigned as the Director of Security Police. TIG, Headquarters USAF, 1 February 1970.
After attendance at the University of Missouri and graduation as a Cadet in the Army Air Corps in December 1941, he saw action in both theatres of operation during World War II, flying 50 combat missions as a B-17 pilot over Europe and North Africa and 13 missions in B-29's in the Far East. A command pilot, he flew more than 6,000 hours in tactical aircraft, including the Strategic Air Command's B-52.
Following the war, Colonel Blauw held several staff positions, and in July 1959 was assigned as Chief, Operations Division of Fifteenth Air Force. In June 1960, he became Vice Commander of the 9th Bombardment Wing, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.
In 1962, Colonel Blauw left the 9th Bomb Wing to attend the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. After graduation he was assigned to the 5th Bombardment Wing at Travis Air Force Base, California, where he served as Vice Commander. In June 1965, he was transferred to Walker Air Force Base, New Mexico, as Vice Commander of the 6th Strategic Aerospace Wing.
In July 1966, he returned to Fifteenth Air Force as Inspector General of that organization and, on June 10, 1967, was named Wing Commander of the 5th Bombardment Wing at Travis Air Force Base. He assumed command of the 509th Bombardment Wing at Pease Air Force Base on September 2, 1968.
On March 21, 1969, while still Commander of the 509th, Colonel Blauw was assigned to temporary duty in the Western Pacific, where he assumed command of the 4133rd Bomb Wing (Provisional). Under his command, the wing compiled an outstanding record in its operations in Southeast Asia and received the Air Force Flying Safety Award. During his tenure as Commander of the 4133rd, Colonel Blauw flew 41 sorties in the B-52 against targets in the Republic of Vietnam.
Colonel Blauw's military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with 15 Oak Leaf Clusters and Air Force Commendation Medal.
Colonel Blauw is married to the former Toody Drumm of Chillicothe, Missouri. Colonel and Mrs. Blauw have three children.