Colonel Edward A. Facey graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Following his commissioning as a second lieutenant, he attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Craig AFB, Selma, Alabama. Subsequently, he qualified as a pilot in the B-52 Stratofortress and was assigned to the 509th Bomber Squadron, Eglin AFB, Florida. He was selected Regular Officer in 1965 when he was promoted to captain. He flew the B-52 bomber from 1965 to 1969, upgrading to aircraft commander. During this period, Colonel Facey served two 6 month tours in Southeast Asia and flew 150 combat mission during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Air Medal and 5 devices for meritorious achievement during aerial flight. After separating from active duty, he continued to serve the military in the New Hampshire Air National Guard from 1969 to 1992. At Pease AFB, he flew the C-124, C-130, and the KC-135 as each aircraft was stationed at the airfield. In addition to stellar aviation skills, he displayed outstanding leadership and management as a Director of Operations, Squadron Commander, and Chief of Staff. He was awarded the New Hampshire National Guard Distinguished Service Medal. During his service to the Air National Guard, he completed Air War College studies in National Security Management. He retired from the military in 1992 after 30 years of service.
In his civilian career, Colonel Facey worked for American Airlines and flew commercial aircraft from 1969 to 1999.As a commercial pilot, he operated Boeing 727, 757, 767 and Airbus A300 aircraft.He retired as an American Airlines captain in 1999 after 30 years with the company.His total civilian and military flying time is more than 20,000 hours.
Colonel Facey also serves as a member of the NH Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). He was an ESGR military liaison from 1990 to 1992. After that, he continued in that organization as Ombudsmen Director and as a member of the Executive Board. His contributions helped promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and resolve conflict arising from an employee’s military commitment. After 9/11, his ESGR work greatly increased with concerns on rights and responsibilities, pre-mobilization and deployments, and the family support program. He served the ESGR program for over two decades.
In the local community, Colonel Facey coached football, baseball, and hockey.He was the Winnicunnet High School lacrosse coach from 2009 to 2011.His contributions and interest in sports carried over to Durham where he was an avid UNH Wildcat sports fan.He also supported UNH and his class by serving on the Reunion Execution Board for the Class of 1962.In addition, four of his five sons graduated from the University of New Hampshire.
For meritorious service to the United States Air Force, New Hampshire Air National Guard, and the University of New Hampshire, Colonel Edward A. Facey is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.