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Collection Melvin J. Bina
WVM ID Number V2010.80.23a,b
Object Name Patch, Military
Title Insignia of Grade, Sew-on
Year Range to 1960
Event Cold War
Description a and b. Identical sew-on rank insignia consisting of two parallel silver bars.
History Melvin J. Bina received a United States Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps commission at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1954. His initial assignment involved training as a Nuclear Weapons Officer on the "Fat Man" atomic bomb. He than completed flight training and from 1956 through 1958 he was a mission pilot and flight commander at Harlingin Air Force Base (AFB) in Texas, flying navigation training missions.

Bina attended the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio from 1958 through 1960 where he earned a Masters Degree in Nuclear Engineering. He worked in basic nuclear research and was the Assistant Chief of the General Physics Laboratory at Wright- Patterson AFB from 1960 through 1963. In 1966 he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona focusing on aerospace and mechanical engineering.

Bina maintained pilot proficiency by flying various aircraft (C-45, C-, C-47) while assigned to Wright-Patterson AFB and the University of Arizona. From 1966 through 1969 Bina was a pilot in the 6091st Reconnaissance Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan where he flew highly classified missions.

From 1969 through 1970 Bina served at the Hard Rock Silo Program, Minute Man Missile, Norton AFB, California and from 1970 through 1975 he did research on the Hydrogen Fluoride Laser and served as Chief of the Exploratory Concepts Branch in the Air Force Weapons Laboratory at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. Bina retired from the Air Force in 1975 having attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He then worked at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Sunnyvale, California as a Senior Stall Scientist.
Material Plastic
Biographical Record Bina, Melvin J.
Subjects Cold War