Jack Swickard

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From February 1967-February 1968, Swickard was a pilot with the 118th Assault Helicopter Company stationed at Bien Hoa, Republic of Vietnam.

Jack Swickard served in the U.S. Army for four years, from December 1965-December 1969. From February 1967-February 1968, Swickard was a pilot with the 118th Assault Helicopter Company stationed at Bien Hoa, Republic of Vietnam. During his year in Vietnam, he was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star Medal, 23 Awards of The Air Medals, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. On his return from Vietnam, he served as adjutant of the 155th Aviation Battalion at Robert Gray Army Airfield.

After leaving the Army, Swickard returned to The Albuquerque Tribune as a reporter. He later was promoted to city editor, where he was in charge of the newspaper’s local coverage. In 1974, he was named editor of the Roswell Daily Record in Roswell, New Mexico. Fifteen years later, he became editor, then editor-general manager of The Daily Times in Farmington, New Mexico.

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