General Wilbur L. “Bill”
Creech, USAF (ret.) “was born in Argyle, Mo., in 1927. He has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland,
a master's degree in international relations from The George Washington University, and graduated from the National War
College in 1966. He received his wings and commission in September 1949 as a distinguished graduate of flying training school.
His first operational assignment was
with the 51st Fighter Wing at Naha, Okinawa. During the Korean War he flew with the 51st Wing from Kimpo Air Base and completed
103 combat missions over North Korea. He also served a combat tour of duty as a forward air controller with the U.S. Army's
27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.
In July 1951 General Creech was assigned
as a flight commander at Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix, Ariz., where, for the next two and one-half years, he taught advanced
gunnery to students from 14 nations. In November 1953 he joined the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds,
and flew 125 official aerial demonstrations over the United States and Central America.
In January 1956 he became commander
and leader of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Aerial Demonstration Team, the Skyblazers, based at Bitburg, Germany. By December
1959 he had flown 399 official aerial demonstrations with this team throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
In June 1960 General Creech was named
director of operations, U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nev., where he served until
February 1962. He then was assigned us a special adviser to the commander of the Argentine air force in Buenos Aires.
From August 1962 to August 1965, he
was executive and aide to the commander of Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base. In August 1965 he entered the National
War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. Upon graduation in June 1966, he was selected to be a staff assistant
in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
General Creech transferred to the Republic
of Vietnam in November 1968 as deputy commander for operations of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing, Phu Cat Air Base. After
six months with the wing, during which he flew 177 combat missions, he became assistant deputy chief of staff for operations,
Headquarters Seventh Air Force in Saigon.
In November 1969 General Creech was
assigned to U.S. Air Forces in Europe and successively commanded two tactical fighter wings. After one year as commander of
the 86th Tactical Fighter Wing at Zweibrucken, Germany, he became the commander of the 401st Tactical Fighter Wing at Madrid,
Spain. From August 1971 until August 1974, General Creech served as deputy chief of staff for operations and intelligence,
Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe at Wiesbaden and Ramstein, Germany.
General Creech was assigned to Air
Force Systems Command in September 1974 as vice commander of Aeronautical Systems Division at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,
Dayton, Ohio, and in October 1974 was appointed commander of the Electronic Systems Division, Boston, Mass. The Electronic
Systems Division manages the complex development and acquisition of command, control and communications equipment to meet
the worldwide needs of the Air Force and other Department of Defense agencies.
After two and one-half years as commander
of Electronic Systems Division, General Creech was transferred to Washington, D.C., where he served concurrently as the assistant
vice chief of staff, assistant to the Chief of Staff for Readiness and North Atlantic Treaty Organization matters and senior
U.S. Air Force member, Military Staff Committee, United Nations. He assumed his present position on May 1, 1978.”
He is a command pilot, experienced
in 40 different military fighter, cargo and reconnaissance aircraft. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished
Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with
three oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with 14 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army
Commendation Medal, Republic of Vietnam Air Service Medal (Honor Class), Spanish Grand Cross of Aeronautical Merit with white
ribbon and Republic of Korea Order of National Security Merit Tong II Medal. General Wilbur L. “Bill”
died in 2003. He is the author of Creech Blue: Gen Bill Creech and the Reformation of the Tactical
Air Forces, 1978-1984 and The Five Pillars of TQM: How to Make Total Quality Management Work for You.
According to the book description of
The Five Pillars of TQM: How to Make Total Quality Management Work for You, “Creech, a retired
U.S. Air Force general, argues persuasively that in order to remain competitive and combat Japanese incursions into U.S. markets,
corporate America must adopt the five principles of total quality management (TQM): product, process, organization, leadership
and commitment. In this sensible study, consultant Creech explains how non-statisticians can comprehend and apply TQM methods,
which require a humanistic orientation, empowerment on all levels and a holistic approach that involves the entire organization.
TQM's decentralization calls for an emphasis on teams that serves as an antidote to the stultifying effects of centralized
control. Creech maintains that TQM is best understood in the light of the writings of Peter Drucker, W. Edwards Deming and
Joseph Juran, whose work is viewed "by the Japanese to be mainly responsible for the economic recovery of their country
after World War II." Numerous detailed corporate and military case studies enrich this comprehensive, often persuasive