Colonel Paul L. Green, United States Air Force (RET), 91 passed away on February 24, 2015. A former Base Commander at Norton Air Force Base, San Bernardino, California. He retired from active duty in 1976 after 33 years of military service. Born in Springfield, Ohio on June 19, 1923 but claims Xenia, Ohio as his home, Green spent his childhood in the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Orphans Home.
Green was drafted into the Army Quartermaster Corps in February 1943, and was stationed a short time in Indio, California. He completed Flying Training School at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and joined the 99th Fighter Squadron, flying combat in Italy. During his military career Colonel Green was stationed at Lockbourne AFB (later Rickenbacker Air Force Base), Ohio; Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi; and Alaska during which time he was at the geographic North Pole on an Ice Island, T-3, for approximately 60 days. He has also been stationed at Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome, New York; McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey; Corvallis Air Station, Oregon with an Air Defense Sector Headquarters; Eglin Air Force Base with the Tactical Air Warfare Center; Fuchu Air Station, Japan; the Philippines; and Rhein Main Air Base, Germany. In addition to duties as a pilot, he has served as a Squadron and Wing Electronics Officer, a Mission Commander and Flight Operations Officer in Vietnam: Commander of a C-130 Squadron; Commander of an Organizational Maintenance Squadron; Aircraft Maintenance Control Officer; a Wing Chief of Maintenance; and a Wing Deputy Commander for Logistics. Colonel Green is a Command Pilot with over 5,000 flying hours. He has flown numerous training aircraft plus, the P-40, P-47, P-51, C-47, C-54, B-29, C-130, B-25 and the C-141. He is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Bronze Star and the Presidential Unit Citation, all with Oak Leaf Clusters. In the community where he now lives, Colonel Green is a Past President of the Downtown Rotary Club; an advisor for Rotary Life Scholars; a member of Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated; a life member of the Daedalians; a life member of the Air Force Association; a Corporate Member of the Arrowhead. Health Care System; a member of the Board of Directors of the National Orange Show; and a member of the Board of the San Bernardino Scholarship Association. Also he has served as a member of the board of directors for many organizations including Arrowhead United Way; the YMCA; Vice President for Membership, San Bernardino Tournament of Roses Association; Chairman, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Selection Committee; and a member of the Special Events Corporation for the 1988 and 1989 Miss Teen USA Pageant. Currently he is past President of the Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Governors of the National Orange Show Events Center and past president of the National Orange Show. He was also the Grand Marshal for the city of Highland, California 2006 Fourth of July Parade. 2007 Unforgettable citizen of the Year for the Inland Empire in California. He was awarded the Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Medal of Honor on March 29, 2007. In 2007 Colonel Green was honored as the 2007 Highland Senior Citizen of the Year.
In February 2006 Colonel Green received an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Tuskegee University, Alabama.
Col. Green is survived by Angel, his wife of 72 years. Also surviving him are his daughter Noriko, now living in Atlanta, Georgia, and his son, Galen, now living in Studio City, California, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 3-5pm with a funeral service to follow on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. both at Bobbitt Memorial Chapel, 1299 E. Highland Ave. San Bernardino, CA 92404. A Committal Service with full military honors will follow at 12:00 p.m. at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92518.