Colonel Billy Jack Carter
Director of Security and Law Enforcement
1 December 1973 to 1 June 1975
Colonel Billy Jack Carter was the first career security police officer assigned as Director and Chief of Security Police, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
His military career began with his entrance into the Aviation Cadet program in 1943. After graduation, Colonel Carter served as a B-17 navigator until 1945. Following World War II, he graduated from the University of Wichita in Kansas, and served with the Wichita Police Department and until recalled, was an investigator with the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Upon being recalled to active duty in 1950, he served consecutively as the Chief of Security and Law Enforcement at Alexandria AFB, Louisiana, and Ashiya AB, Japan. After completing his first tour at Air Force Headquarters as executive officer, Office of the Provost Marshal, he attended Air Command and Staff College. He was assigned a tour of duty with U.S. Air Forces Europe, followed by an assignment to Murray State College, Oklahoma, as the professor of Air Science, AFROTC. In 1964, he was transferred to USAF Headquarters at Lindsay AS, Germany, as chief of the Law Enforcement Division. From 1967 to 1968 Colonel Carter served as the commander of the 377th Security Police Squadron at Tan Son Nhut AB, Republic of Vietnam. Under his command, the squadron distinguished itself during the 1968 Tet Offensive.
It was a significant event for the Security Police career field when Colonel Carter became the chief of Officer Career Development for security police officers at Headquarters Air Force Manpower and Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, Texas. His guidance for the officer corps proved invaluable in view of his many years as a security police officer.
Colonel Carter's next assignment was Deputy Director of Security Police at Air Force Headquarters until his appointment as the director 1 December 1973. During his tenure as director, some of the most important accomplishments in the history of the security police career field were instituted or envisaged. Central to this was the elevation of the directorate to a position on the special staff of the Air Force Chief of Staff. Colonel Carter retired on 1 June 1975. His was survived by his wife, Betty, a daughter, and two grandchildren.
Colonel Billy Jack Carter died 25 December 1984 at the Palo Alto, California, Veterans Hospital, following a lengthy illness.
Birth: Dec. 23, 1924, USA
Death: Dec. 25, 1984, USA
San Francisco National Cemetery
San Francisco County
Plot: SECTION ES SITE C-81