ARMED FORCES: Big Ed's Goodbye

On the brass-spangled parade ground of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio one day last week, a burly, handsome, four-star general stepped forward to face General Thomas D. White, Air Force Chief of Staff. Moments later, General Edwin W. Rawlings was sporting a new piece of hardware on his chest: a first oakleaf cluster to the Distinguished Service Medal. With this parting gift, Ed Rawlings officially concluded 30 years of extraordinary service to the Air Force, went on his way at a youthful 54 to a civilian job as director and...

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