Harry Patrick "Ret." Dunn

Colonel, USAF Retired, Harry Patrick Dunn, of Locust Grove, VA, passed away November 14, 2012, due to complications from Alzheimer's. He was born in Eagle Grove, IA, to Leo and Eloise Dunn. Preceded in death by his wife Evelyn Marie Dunn, he is survived by his children Harry Patrick Dunn, Jr., Mary Michele Sharon (Patrick), Francis Michael Dunn (Mary), Neil Christopher Dunn (Alexandra), Matthew Timothy Dunn, and Katherine Maureen Jeter (Ned); his grandchildren Katie, Kelly, Meghan, Colleen, Shannon, Michael, Patrick, Caroline and Sean; his brother Timothy Dunn, his sisters Eileen Wolff and Judy Peace; and many nieces and nephews, and dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 17, at 11 a.m. at St. Veronica Catholic Church, 3460 Centreville Road, Chantilly, VA. Burial will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Updated information can be located at www.adamsgreen.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Capital Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association or to The Fisher House Foundation.


1931 - Born, Eagle Grove, Iowa

1949 - Grad, Roosevelt High School, Des Moines, Iowa

1950 - Pre-Engineering, Iowa University

1954 - B.S. Engineering, US Naval Academy.

1954 - Commissioned 2nd/Lt US Air Force

1955 - Graduate, Flight Training; Fixed wing and helicopters

1956 - Married, Evelyn Gantz, Wash D.C. (6 Children)

1956 - 60 Misc Flying assignments in Europe

1962 - MS Aero Engineering, Univ. of Colorado

1962-70 Post grad work:

Wittenburg Univ: Gen Psychology.

American Univ: Legal Environment of Business, Business Finance,

Quantitative Decision Making, Managerial Statistics.

Ind. College of Armed Forces (ICAF): National Security Management

1962-65 Hdq. Aeronautical Systems Div WPAFB

H/HH-3E ("Jolly Green Giant")Program Office.

Flight Test Director - First All-Weather IFR Amphibious

Military Helicopter for use of USAF Search and Rescue

Initiated and Directed - World First In-Flight Helicopter Refueling Program

Director of Operational Test Training Program ( Proj. Bueckeburg )

for German Army/AF Pilots in the FRG

Lead flight of first helicopters non-stop across Mediterranean; followed

by a non-stop 770 mile flight from Cairo to Jedda, Saudi Arabia, with final

delivery to Mil Airlift Cmd for use in Earth Triangulation Project in Ethiopia.

1965-70 Hdq AFSC.

Conducted Special Source Selection for urgent SAR ROC (HH-53/HH-47).

Systems/Operational Analysis /Stud ies for AV-8 Harrier, Boeing Light Intratheatre

Transport (LIT), SAR testing for XV-142, USAF WW- FAC ROC and

SEA Asia Special Operational Requirements (SEORS). Wrote Tech Report for

AHS Convention on Aerodynamics for Helicopter In-Flight Refueling.

1967-68- Viet Nam

SVN - Special assignment for AFSC systems coordination. Flew combat missons

with various USAF Organizations.( HH-3, UH-1, A-1, A-37, C-123, HC-130,

ABCCC). Analysis of SEA Operational Requirements for rapid reaction changes..

1969-70 -Korea - Chief of Flight Operations, Osan AirBase Hdqtrs.

Wrote 5th AF Urgent Requirement for USAF support H-3 replacement for Korea.

Teacher: Math and Aerodynamics for Univ of Maryland for (USAF/AFIT night


1971-73 SecAF/Legislative Liason, (Investigative Division -Procurement/R&D,

Programs/Issues support for Authorization Committees))

1974-77 OSD/Legislative Affairs (Dir Authorizations/Appropriations,

Procurement/R&D). Supported Atomic Energy, DCA, DARPA, NRO.

Prepared Annual Briefing Books For Sec Def Congressional

Briefings/Appearances. Coordinated Army/Navy/USAF - Auth/Appn

Committee Support and Daily reports for the White House.

1977- SecAF/Legislative Liason (Director, Systems Division - Managed

Procurement/R&D Congressional Authorization Issues))

1977- Retired with "Legion of Merit " awards from both USAF and OSD

1977-1991 Director of Congressional Affairs, Martin-Marietta. Instrumental in

successful Congressional funding of: Titan, Pershing, Patriot, Copperhead,

B-1, Titan IV and Lantirn programs

1991- Retired from Martin-Marietta. Awarded "Jefferson Cup" for significant

contributions to Congressional funding goals.


President - Federal City Chapter, American Helicopter Society

Lecturer- Defense Systems Management School

Member - Republican Club, AIAA, Air Force Association, US Naval Institute,

"Jolly Green Giants" Assn (RVN Search and Rescue), Treas:USAF Helicopter

Pilots Assn, U S Naval Institute, Air Force Associa tion, Charter Member -

Aviation Hall of Fame.

Pilot - Instructor & Instrument Qual. Flying since 1952. Multi-Single Engine,

Recip/Jet Eng, Aircraft and Helicopters. Flight operations in some 35 countries

outside the United States.

Founder and Coordinator: V-22 Red Ribbon Panel (Investigation, Research, Studies

and informal Reports to the US Government).