At the Pennsylvania Air National Guard Hall of Fame induction ceremony, from left: Command Chief Victor Guerra, Brigadier General Anthony Carrelli, Brigadier General (retired) William Boardley, Major General Wesley Craig, and Command Sergeant Major Michael Gundrum. Photos courtesy of Bill Boardley
William Boardley ’72, a retired brigadier general, recently became one of just 56 members of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard Hall of Fame.
His 34-year military career included six years in the US Air Force and 28 with the 171st Air Refueling Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in Coraopolis. Since joining the 171st in 1978, Bill worked his way up from operations and plans officer to chief navigator, squadron operations officer, and eventually wing commander.
Under his leadership, the 171st was recognized as one of the elite units in the Air National Guard and Air Force, receiving the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award twice and numerous other honors. A recipient of the Bronze Star, Bill participated in several deployments and operations, including the Gulf War, Operation Allied Force, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Retired from the 171st since 2006, Bill lives in Hopewell Township, Washington County, with his wife, Carol.