Commander Ed Reed Bio
Commander Ed Reed was born and raised in southwestern Oklahoma. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in June 1969 at the age of 22 after graduating from Southwestern State University, Weatherford, OK with a BS in Business Administration. He completed Officer Training School in October 1969 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant at Lackland Air Force Base (AFB), San Antonio, TX.
In January 1969, he was assigned to the 607 Tactical Control Squadron, at Luke AFB, Glendale, AZ. As a squadron weapons controller assigned to a ground based mobile radar unit, he conducted air intercepts, offensive missions, and aircraft recoveries.
In March 1971, he was assigned to the 7th Airborne Command and Control Squadron at Udorn Royal Thai AFB in northern Thailand. As an airborne weapons controller, he flew combat support missions in an AC-130 Hercules over northern Laos.
In March 1972, he was assigned to the 727th Tactical Control Squadron at Bergstrom AFB, Austin, TX. As a tactical weapons controller he assisted with airborne drug traffic interdiction over the Gulf of Mexico.
He also met his wife, 1st Lieutenant Pam Reeves, in Austin. He and Pam were honorably discharged there. Both are Vietnam veterans.
After his military service, he began his civilian career in July 1973 in Beaumont, TX with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in the Advanced Management Development Program. He and Pam were married there in August. After holding numerous management director positions in Texas, Missouri, and Ohio with AT&T, he retired in 2010 after a 37-year career.
He and Pam have four married children and have been blessed with13 grand- children. They will soon celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
Both Pam and Ed are proud members of American Legion Post 178.