Member of the Quarter: Steve Dretar

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Lt Col Steve Dretar

Member of the Quarter: Steve Dretar

Lt. Col Stephen Dretar entered the USAF on June 6, 1973, after graduating from the USAF Academy. After graduation, he attended pilot training at Laughlin AFB, TX and F4C fighter transition training at Luke AFB, AZ.

Subsequent assignments included:

  • Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
  • Osan AB, Japan and ROK
  • Holloman AFB, Arizona

Lt Col Dretar retired from the USAF in 1995 having flown over 2,500 hours in various fighter and training aircraft to include: the T-37, T-38, AT-38B, F-4C/E (Phantom II) and all models of the F-15 Eagle. Lt. Col Dretar participated in numerous deployments worldwide including: Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Philippines, Jordan, and afloat with command elements of the USN 3rd and 7th Fleets.

Lakewood Ranch Air Force veteran Steve Dretar and wife Nancy

During his 22 year career, he flew air defense in Alaska and the Republic of Korea during the height of the Cold War period. He also held positions at the squadron, wing, numbered air force and Joint Command level. Achievements include being part of the initial cadre of instructors for the F-15E and winning the T-38B Instructor of the Year along with Top Gun during a T-38B gunnery competition.

Following his USAF career, he spent 20 years flying for FedEx as a commercial pilot. Dretar logged more than 7,500 hours worldwide. He flew as Captain on the B727, Airbus 300/310, and the B757/767.

Steve is married to Nancy Tate of Marysvale, Utah. They have four children, Natalie, Stacey, Brian, and Craig. They also have 12 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

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