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Roger Govett


Roger was born and raised in and around Philadelphia, PA. After high school he attended Drexel Institute then went on

to graduate from the USAF Academy in 1966. He then graduated from pilot training and on to an F-4 Phantom II training

course. Then on to Viet Nam. He served three combat tours in South East Asia in the F-4. He also flew the F-4 in Germany on three TDY assignments, and delivered a factory new F-4 to Iran. He finished his F-4 flying at Holloman AFB, NM. Then he trained in the O-2 light observation aircraft and served for two years with the First Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX as an Air liaison officer. There he also learned to fly the OH-58 helicopter. After the Army tour, Roger converted to the F-5 Freedom fighter and moved to Williams AFB, in Chandler, AZ where he trained foreign pilots and USAF instructor pilots. This was the end of regular service with the Air Force. Roger moved to California to work as a project engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company. While in this role he was sent to Taiwan to train Chinese pilots to use the Maverick air to ground missile carried on the Chinese F-5’s. He then moved on to be a Program Manager developing and manufacturing high tech communications devices for the Department of Defense. While doing this Roger joined the California Air National Guard as a communications squadron officer. In 1989 Roger married Sandy and moved to Sunnyvale, CA. They combined their two families of two boys and two girls all of whom are now adults scattered about the US. Roger and Sandy are also blessed with 5 grandchildren. Roger and Sandy decided to finally leave California and build a dream home. As it turned out, in New Braunfels, TX. Altogether Roger served in the Air Force in regular and reserve status from 1966 to 1994 when he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. For recreation, Roger took up dirt bike riding then driving Porsches on several race tracks in California and Texas. Now he has no Porsches to race, but has built a small model railroad empire in a spare garage.

Roger Govett
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