Wade Leland Green
July 29, 1931 - August 11, 2021
Derby, Kansas - Wade Leland Green, Colonel, USAF (Ret.) 90, died on August 11, 2021. He was born in Artesia NM on July 29, 1931. His parents, Herman Green and Georgia Edna Dungan preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Lynette Morey Green, sisters Jean Green Brewer of Santa Fe NM and Willa Green Connally of Richardson TX. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law Kevin R. Morey (Sharon), and Kent M. Morey, both of Derby KS, and sister-in-law Ann M. Morey, O'Fallon IL. Wade is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and goddaughter Laurène VandenNeste of Paris France. Wade was a member of the 4-H club, the Order of DeMolay and First Methodist Church in Artesia. He graduated as a ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate from NM College of A&M and entered the Air Force as a commissioned regular officer at San Antonio TX. After flight training, he became a jet fighter flight instructor and served tours at Laredo, Waco, San Antonio TX, and as an exchange officer with the Royal Air Force in Anglesey North Wales. After Air Force Command & Staff College, he completed F-4C Phantom training and was assigned to the 366th Tactical Wing at DaNang Vietnam where he flew 161 combat missions, 100 of which were over North Vietnam. Following his combat tour, he was assigned to George AF CA as an F-4 flight instructor, then to the Joint Military Advisory Group-Korea as an advisor to the Republic of Korea Air Force. He served in the Pentagon as the Deputy Chief of the Security Assistance Division, negotiating the sale of the F-16 to the European Consortium. In 1976, Col. Green became Vice Commander of the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, the Netherlands, assuming command in 1977. He became Vice Wing Commander in Spangdahlem AB, Germany and then Commander of Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. He returned to TAC at Langley AFB where he served as Director of Forces and Deputy Inspector General until retirement in April 1985. Wade then worked as Manager, Albuquerque Operations at Brewer Oil Company in NM, and became a Master Gardner in Williamsburg VA. Wade and Lynette returned to Kansas in 2015 to enjoy being with family, friends and living on the golf course. Col. Green was a command pilot with more than 5600 flying hours. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with four Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal with 15 Oak Leaf Clusters. There will be a Celebration of Life in Derby and he will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery.
Published by Wichita Eagle on Aug. 22, 2021.