Lt. Colonel C. Kyrie Kallas has dedicated
his life to serving in the U.S. Air Force with nearly 30 years
of active and reserve duty. As Master Navigator, he has some
12,000 flying hours, including 550 combat hours.
Col. Kallas emigrated
to the United States as a boy in 1921, and attended schools
in Brooklyn, NY. When the U. S. entered World War II, he volunteered
for the Aviation Cadet program and began Navigator training in
March, 1942. His coursework began in Selman Field, AL, and ended
in Coral Gables, FL (where the training was conducted by Pan
American Airways). He received his Navigator wings in March, 1943
and was then sent to Ft. Wayne, IN, where he calibrated navigational
instruments. Then it was on to Alliance, NE, for Combat Crew Training
in the C-47.
1944, Col. Kallas was transferred to a Troop Carrier Group (C-47)
of the 9th AF in Barksdon Heath, UK, where he saw action
in many battles in western Europe. In May, 1945, he was reassigned
to the Air Transport Command which took him to north Africa,
Brazil, and California while ferrying troops in C-54s. He was released
from active duty in November, 1945.
Col. Kallas then joined the
Air Force Reserve at Floyd Bennett Field, NY (C-47). He continued
training until he was recalled to active duty with the Strategic
Air Command in 1950. He was assigned to MacDill AFB, FL, where
he flew B-17s, B-47s and KC-97s until his release in 1952. From
1952 to 1966, he was an airline navigator with Seaboard World,
Flying Tiger and Capital Airlines. During these years, Col. Kallas
trained with the 9212th Air Reserve Sq. ('52-'63) and then with
the Air Force Reserve unit (C-119) at Willow Grove NAS, PA ('63-'65).
1965, Col. Kallas joined the Military Airlift Command wing at
Dover AFB, DE, where he navigated the C-141 on worldwide airlift
missions — including many to Vietnam — until his retirement
Kallas earned his B.B.A. and M.B.A. at City College of N Y in
1954 and 1956, respectively, and taught at Brooklyn Technical H.
S. ('71-'81) and Manhattan Community College ('81-'83). He is the
founder and serves as the President of Waldorf Realty Co., Inc.
(1963 to the present).
Awards & Decorations
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Air Medal
East Campaign Medal
- World War II Victory Medal
Defense Service Medal
- Armed Forces Reserve Medal
- Korean Service Medal
- Vietnam Service Medal
- Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
- Good Conduct Medal
- Conspicuous Service Medal