(1920–2005) Enshrined November 13, 2004
A former Commander of the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC), Air Force Systems Command at Arnold Air Force Station, the Gossick Leadership Center at AEDC, dedicated in 1993, bears witness to his extraordinary leadership during a 32-year career in the United States Air Force. Lee V. Gossick entered the military service in 1941 as an aviation cadet and received his pilot wings and commission as a Second Lieutenant in April 1942. Gossick flew 88 combat missions in P-40 aircraft as a member of the 87th Fighter Squadron, 79th Fighter Group serving in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Sicily. He attended Ohio State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s degree in aeronautical engineering. He was a 1959 graduate of the Air War College and attended Harvard University for advanced management studies in 1961. Gossick’s military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Distinguished Unit Citation Emblem. He held the aeronautical rating of Command Pilot. General Gossick was designated a Distinguished Alumnus by Ohio State University in 1960. In April 1967 he received the Arnold Air Society’s General Hoyt S. Vandenberg Trophy for “Outstanding scientific contributions to aerospace development in the field of science.” He was selected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics in 1970. After retiring from the Air Force, Gossick returned to AEDC to serve as Director of Quality & Safety and then as Deputy General Manager of the AEDC aero propulsion testing contractor for nine years.
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