General William L. Kirk
General Kirk passed away on April 26, 2017. His last duty assignment, from which he retired in 1989, was Commander in Chief, U.S. Forces Europe.
General Kirk was born in Rayville, Louisiana, went to high school there, and attended Northeast Louisiana State College. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1951 and became an aviation cadet in February 1953. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant and awarded his pilot's wings in April 1954
The first half of his career was spent in tactical reconnaissance before transitioning to combat...