Earl J. Wiese, Jr. started out from Duluth, Minnesota, joining the U. S. Air Force early in 1960. After Basic training and Technical School he found himself assigned to Eglin AFB, Florida, working in Armament and Electronics Maintenance.
It was while at Eglin that Earl received notification that he had been selected for Class 63A, Officer Candidate School entering April 1962. At that time he was married to Charlotte and had two children. They added a third child before long.
After OCS he attended Electronic Warfare Training, at Mather AFB, CA. Subsequent assignments included (not necessarily in order): Toul-Rossier, France (EB-66 Electronic Warfare crew member); Tahkli RTAFB, Thailand (EB-66 EW Crew Member); Mather AFB, CA (Electronic Warfare Training Instructor); HQ USAF, Military Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, Texas (Rated Manning Program Office); Mountain Home AFB, Idaho (F-111 EWO/STAN EVAL); HQ TAC Langley AFB, VA (Chief Commitments Branch TAC/DOO); and Eielson AFB, Alaska (Chief Air To Ground Ranges, HQ SQ CMDR).
During his service he completed the Squadron Officer School and Air Command and Staff College as well as completing his Master’s degree in Public Administration. His awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal w/2 OLC and the Air Medal w/70LC.
Earl retired on July 31, 1984 after 24 ½ years service, as a Major.
He began his civilian career as Operations Manager and later as Director of the Parks and Recreation Department in the North Star Borough of Fairbanks Alaska. In September 2002 (after enduring five different Mayors and a term as President of the Alaska Recreation and Parks Assoc.) he decided to retire.
He and Charlotte have remained in Alaska.