189th Air Wing’s Minority Affairs Sub-Committee

Senior Master Sergeant (SMSgt) Harold Terry:

SMSgt Terry was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1978. He later attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1978-79.

SMSgt Terry enlisted into the United States Air Force in November 1979. He attended Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. In February 1980, he attended Technical School at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. SMSgt Terry’s first duty station was Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. He served as an Administrative Specialist. In 1982, SMSgt Terry entered the Palace Chase Program where he was given the opportunity to voluntarily transfer from Active-Duty Air Force in to the 189th Air Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard.

In February 1983, SMSgt Terry was selected for the Active Guard/Reserves (AGR) Program for the 189th Air Wing. During his tenure with the 189th, he served as an Administrative Specialist, an Airfield Management Specialist, and an Air Operations Superintendent. SMSgt Terry retired from the 189th Air Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard in March 2000.

As a member of the 189th Air Wing, SMSgt Terry volunteered for many activities such as the United Way, The Water Shed, 189th Air Wing Open House Committee, 189th Air Wing Informal Commander’s Call Committee, and the 189th Air Wing Christmas Party Committee. SMSgt Terry also led the 189th Air Wing Men’s Softball Team to two Base Championships.

SMSgt Terry’s most significant accomplishment was his participation on the 189th Air Wing’s Minority Affairs Sub-Committee. In 1991, he served as Vice President of the committee and served as an advisor to the Wing Commander on diversity matters. The Minority Affairs Sub-Committee advised minority Airmen and Officers on available promotion opportunities, provided guidance to ensure all were in compliance with Career Development Courses, Technical Schools, and Physical Fitness Requirement.