GILL, Sloan Reid
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Major General Sloan Reid Gill, (“Sandy”) passed away on August 22, 2011 at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks, California due to complications of pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 81. Sandy was born December 3, 1929 in Molena, Georgia to Andrew F. Gill and Roxie R. Gill. He was a 1948 graduate of Staunton Military Academy and a 1952 Graduate of The Georgia Institute of Technology. He met his wife Dolores Pittman (Losey) while attending Georgia Tech. They married in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on December 21, 1952. Major General Sloan R. Gill (Sandy) retired as Chief of the Air Force Reserve, and Commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. in 1989, As commander of the Air Force Reserve, he had full responsibility for the supervision of all U.S. Air Force Reserve units around the world. “Sandy” had numerous accomplishments throughout his military career which began in 1952. He flew B-25 Bombers, C-118 Liftmasters, C-123’s, C-124’s, and C-7A Caribou. He participated in Operation “Wounded Warrior,” the air evacuation of French Foreign Legion troops from North Vietnam, to French bases in North Africa. In 1955 he established a world record for propeller-driven transports in a C-118 Liftmaster from McGuire Air Force Base to Rheine-Main Air Base, Germany – in 10 hours, 22 minutes. He was called to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962 and called again in 1968 during the Pueblo Crisis. He flew Douglas C-124 Globemasters during the Pueblo crisis in support of Military Airlift Command’s worldwide missions. Sandy’s career brought him to Dobbins AFB, GA where he continued to rise through the ranks during his many moves with the Air Force. He was Commander of the 908th Tactical Airlift Group, Maxwell Air force Base, AL, Commander of the 928th Tactical Airlift Group at O’Hare, Chicago, IL. He was Vice Commander and Senior Air Reserve Technician for the 403rd Tactical Airlift Wing in Selfridge Air Force Base, MI. He was Director of Operations Headquarters, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, GA, and Commander of the 94th Tactical Airlift Wing at Dobbins AFB, GA, where he received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. He was commander of 433rd Tactical Airlift Wing at Kelly Air Force Base, TX, and from 1979-1981 he served as Deputy to the Chief of Air Force Reserve at Air Force headquarters. He was Commander of 4th Air Force at McClellan Air Force Base, CA in 1981, and then finally back to the Pentagon in 1982 where he was nominated by President Ronald Reagan as Chief of the Air Force Reserve and Commander of the Air Force Reserve Command. He retired from this position in December 1989. Sandy was a command pilot with more than 10,000 hours military flying time and over 4000 civilian hours. His military decorations and awards include the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with one oak leaf cluster, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal with service star, Vietnam Service Medal with service star, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with four oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass device, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. His civic affiliations include membership in the Reserve Officers Association (past president, Dobbins Chapter and Robins Chapter), Air Force Association, Georgia Tech Alumni Association, Chi Phi Fraternity, Daedalian Society, and the Quiet Birdmen. Sandy believed in a close knit family and he and Losey surrounded themselves with their children and grandchildren. Sunday family dinners were filled with laughter and Christmas skiing trips were always filled with lots of horseplay. He is survived by his three children, Roxann Gill, of Agoura Hills, CA, Jack Gill, wife Morgan of Agoura Hills, CA, and Andy Gill, wife Cynthia of Oak Park, CA, There are six grandchildren, Carl Joyce of Oak Park CA, Dr. Cole Joyce, wife Ashley of Denver, CO, Katie and Cody Gill of Agoura Hills, CA, and Kelly and Austin Gill of Oak Park, CA. There is one great- grandbaby due in October. Sandy is also survived by an older sister, Mickler Gill Wagner (Mickey), husband Tom of Riverview, FL and many nieces and nephews. He was a truly an exceptional man who flew his Cessna 172 and shot a round of 84 on the golf course 4 weeks before his death. He loved his family, loved his friends, and loved his country. He will be sorely missed by everyone who had the pleasure to know him. Sandy was the epitome of the poem “if” by Rudyard Kipling a part of which is quoted here:

“If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings- nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but not too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds worth of distance run- Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And-which is more- you will be a man my son!”

Services will be held for the family and close friends at his home in Agoura Hills, CA on September 3rd. 2011. A military send off befitting a Major General will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his honor to the Freedom Alliance at http://www.freedomalliance.org/ 1-800-475-6620. In Honor of: Sloan R Gill Notification sent to: Roxann Gill, 29129 Fountainwood St., Agoura Hills, CA 91301

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Colonel Jackson
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August 31, 2011
I served with General Gill for forty years. He was a patriot and was responsible for the strong Air Force that we enjoy today. He played a large part in defeat of the Soviet Union. His leadership was always the best! We will miss his friendship.
Kathy Smith-DeBerry
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February 24, 2013
Mary Flanagan (deceased) and I (an African American lady) worked as Gen Gill's secretary and assistant while he was Chief of the Air Force Reserve at the Pentagon. I am saddened to just learn of his death. I'll always remember him as being an outstanding officer and gentleman. I had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Gill on numerous occasions. I always admired her for her "down to earth attitude and always a smile on her face." Please accept my condolences.
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