This is an example of a standard United States Air Force officer's coat of the early 1970s.
This particular coat was worn by Brig. Gen. Richard Ault. Ault earned his wings at Kelly Field in June 1940. He served throughout World War II in the U.S. Army Air Forces Training command preparing pilots for combat. Following the war, he served with the U.S. Military Advisory Group in Nanking China. Upon his return to the United States in January 1949 he served as Directorate of Training at HQUSAF in Washington, DC. From January 1956 to 1959 he was the Assistant Chief of Air Plans Allied HQ Southern Europe. From 1960 on 1969 he held several wing commands including the 3615th Training and 6100th Support Wings. From 1969 until his retirement in February 1970 he was the Deputy Director of Plan at HQUSAF in Washington, DC.
Donated by Brig. Gen. Richard L. Ault
Date: ca. 1970
Country of Origin: United States of America
Clothing: 85.1 x 92.7 x 5.1cm (33 1/2 x 36 1/2 x 2 in.)
wool, metal, bullion, synthetic fabric
United States Air Force blue shade no.1084 tropical weight service coat worn by Brig. Gen. Richard Ault; single breasted with two upper breast patch pockets with box pleats and button flap; two lower patch pockets with button flap; drop fall collar; four silver buttons down front with United States Air Force crest embossed; officer stripes on each cuff; silver "U.S." insignia on each collar; epaulets with five point silver wire brigadier general rank insignia; silver wire embroidered command pilot's wings over left breast pocket; ten medal ribbons over left breast pocket (1. Legion of Merit 2. Air Force Commendation 3. Army Commendation 4. American Defense 5. American Campaign 6. Asiatic-Pacific Campaign 7. World War II Victory 8. National Defense Service 9. Longevity Service Award 10. Air Force Recognition).