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Veteran of the Year

Maj. Gen. William J. Lutz, USAF (Retired)

Major General William J. Lutz will be recognized for his service in the United State Air Force and the Mississippi Air National Guard at Holmes Community College on October 27 in Goodman.

Lutz, a Madison County Native, retired with 38 years of service. In 1968, graduated from Mississippi State University and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force Reserve. The same year, Lutz entered the U.S. Air Force Pilot Training School at Webb Air Force Base, Texas and continued on with forward air control training in the summer of 1969. He was called to Vietnam in August of 1969 as a forward air controller.

In 1970-1975, Lutz continued to serve in the Air Force in several different capacities in the Special Wing Operations as a Fighter Pilot. The next several years he was promoted to the Air Ground Operation School instructor.

Continuing to follow his love of flying he joined the Mississippi Air National Guard 172nd Airlift Wing as a C-130 Pilot then a C-141 Pilot and retired in 2006 from the Air Force with the rank of Major General as Assistant Adjutant General and Commander MS ANG. His command pilot experience totals more than 8,000 flying hours including over 900 combat missions and 1950 combat hours.

Lutz furthered his degree in 1982 when he graduated from Mississippi College Law School and continued to serve completing Air Command and Staff College in 1985 in Maxwell Air Force Base and National Security Management, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., 1989.

Lutz and his wife Betty, reside in Ridgeland.  He served as the Chancery Judge for Holmes, Leake, Madison and Yazoo counties for 11 years (1995-2006) and currently serves as the Senior Status Mississippi Trial Judge.