Posthumous salute to Del. Air National Guard founding father

A salute to Brigadier General William Spruance, a founding father of the Delaware Air National Guard, will occur this afternoon at the headquarters of the Delaware Air National Guard in New Castle.

Top military brass will be among those in attendance at the invitation-only event today, honoring the highly decorated military aviator, who passed away at the age of 94 earlier this year in th Las Vegas, NV, where he lived.

Gen. Spruance served as the First Assistant Adjutant General, serving the Delaware Air National Guard from 1956 to 1975 — the longest tenure anyone has held the position.

A native of Wilmington, Gen. Spruance graduated from Princeton University and flew in combat in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II.

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