General Rosa served at the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base as an A-7 and A-10 pilot in the 353rd Tactical Fighter squadron during the period of July 1975 to August 1980. He holds an undergraduate degree from The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, and a master's degree from the Golden Gate University in California. He also completed the Harvard University Program for Senior Executives. Other important flying assignments included a two-year tour with the Royal Air Force flying the Jaguar aircraft. He later served as Commander of three United States Air Force Tactical Fighter Wings. General Rosa was Commandant of the Air Command and Staff College and then was assigned to the Directorate of Operations on the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. From there he was assigned to be the Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy, a position he held from July 2003 until his retirement from the United States Air Force in November 2005 to accept the position of President of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. His major awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters. Other achievements
include Outstanding Graduate of the Fighter Weapons Course.
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The Wing's aircraft maintenance was carried out in three large hangars, buildings 352, 358 and 359, located along the edge of the flight line. These were used for general aircraft maintenance to include recurring phase inspections of all aircraft. Also located on the flight line was an environmentally controlled aircraft paint hangar. The very large hangar at the south end of the flight line was used when aircraft field maintenance was required. It contained the necessary shops and equipment for this kind of aircraft maintenance. After base closure, these facilities were transferred to the Horry County Department of Airports and used as aircraft maintenance facilities. The large field maintenance hangar was leased to a private company.