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Phil Alden

Military Service

After graduation from Cadets, joined the 37th Troop Carrier Squadron at Sewart AFB, Tennessee.

Transitioned to C-119s and also served as co-pilot for several deliveries of Sikorsky H-19 helicopters from the factory in Connecticut.

Transferred to Neubiberg AB, a former Luftwaffe fighter base outside Munich, Germany in September, 1953, to join the 41st TCS — C-119s again!

Flew throughout Europe, the British Isles, the Middle East and as far as East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) for the next two years.

Most missions involved carrying troops or supplies, but did some paradropping as well.

Served as instructor and base standardization/check pilot during much of 1955.

Discharged as a 1st Lt. at end of September, 1955

Business Career

Joined management consulting firm Towers, Perrin, Forster & Crosby, Inc. in Philadelphia as a pension consultant trainee, December, 1955.

Transferred to New York office, September, 1956. Specialized in design and installation of pension, profit-sharing and other employee benefit plans for large corporations.

Named Vice President and manager of the company’s Cleveland Office in 1968.

Relocated to Company headquarters in New York in 1979; named U.S. Practice Manager for Employee Benefits Consulting.

Took early retirement, January, 1986.


After 10-year hiatus, resumed flying in 1965 and joined a flying club at White Plains, NY (HPN).

Acquired a 1966 Beech Debonair in 1972; used for both pleasure and business flying.

Purchased a new A36 Bonanza in 1997. Still actively involved in flying self, friends and family. Have flown to destinations in all 48 contiguous states and to most Caribbean and Central American countries.


B.A. graduate of Wesleyan University, 1951

Married Nancy Joy Arms in June, 1953, after her graduation from Simmons College, Boston.

After leaving USAF, settled in Larchmont, NY. Later lived in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Moved to Naples, Florida in 1995. Spend summers (5 months) at lakeside home in Vermont.

Have 3 sons, each married and with two children. All perfect, of course…

Served as officer and/or director of numerous organizations since retirement.

With Jack Gilliland, Randy Presley, Chuck Miller and others, was actively involved in formation of the 52-G Association in 1991-92

Hobbies include photography, computers, flying (of course), audio/video production and singing (member of, and emcee for, the Naples Barbershop Chorus).