UNITED STATES AIR FORCE Colonel Shires is retired and now resides in Lincoln, Nebraska
Colonel Shires was born and raised on a farm near Red Oak, Iowa. After completing the AFROTC program here at Nebraska, Colonel Shires began his pilot training at Reese AFB, Texas, in 1955. A year later he went through instructor pilot training at Craig AFB, Alabama, and became an Instructor Pilot. His career as an Air Force pilot consisted primarily of duties as a pilot and instructor pilot in various types of military aircraft. Some of Colonel Shires flight experiences are fighters, bombers, transporters, tankers, and airborne command post aircraft. He also served as an aircraft maintenance officer and as commander of an aircraft maintenance squadron. Colonel Shires has served overseas tours in England, Turkey, and Germany and flew combat missions in Vietnam earning two Distinguished Flying Crosses and four Air Medals. He has acquired over 8,000 hours of flying experiences in the Air Force with more than half as an instructor pilot, and has accumulated 11,500 hours of flight time at this date. From May 1976 until July 1977, Colonel Shires went back to school and earned a MS degree in Agricultural Education, after which he became a faculty member serving 23 years as an Extension Educator. His responsibilities included the planning, development, and implementation of educational programs related to the production, marketing and management of agricultural commodities grown in assigned counties of Nebraska. Such programs were oriented to the preservation of natural resources and the environment. Primary areas of emphasis included adult and youth leadership development, agricultural production and environmental programs. Colonel Shires now serves as the Director of Standardization Evaluation for the Nebraska wing of the Civil Air Patrol. As a pilot, Colonel Shires have over 11550 flight hours, over half as an instructor pilot. He flew the T-6, TB-25, T-28, T-33, T-29, T-39, B-47, C-46, C-47, C-54, C-119, C-123, F-80, EC-135C, and the KC-135.