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Obituary for Donald James Amitrani

August 23, 1945 - May 20, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 71

Chief Master Sergeant (USAF Retired) Donald J. Amitrani


CMSgt Don Amitrani was born August 23, 1945, in Pearl River, New York to Jerome J. and Dorothy C. Amitrani, and graduated from Nyack High School in 1963. He attended many colleges throughout his career and received his associates in Applied Science Degree, Intelligence and Imagery Interpretation in 1981. Chief Amitrani completed the SAC NCO Academy in 1976 and USAF Senior NCO Academy in 1982.

The Chief's first assignment was to Lowry AFB, Colorado, where he attended the Air Intelligence Airman's Course graduating in Dec 1965. He was subsequently assigned to the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing, McConnell AFB, Kansas, where he constructed radar predictions and taught radar theory to aircrews converting to F-105 Fighter/Bombers. In June 1966, he was reassigned to the 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Tan Son Nhut AB, Republicof Vietnam where he planned tactical reconnaissance missions and briefed/debriefed combat crews. He was also part of the original TDY cadre which formed the 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, UDORN AB, Thailand.

From June 1967 to June 1970, the Chief was assigned to the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Beale AFB, California, as a Sensor Applications Specialist and Defense Analyst where he assisted in the final testing and planning and deployment for the first operational missions for the SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft. On his return to Vietnam in June 1970 he was the Senior Enlisted Analyst on the Cambodia Desk, HQ Military Assistance Command Vietnam. On this assignment, he continually prepared analysis and estimates of enemy troop strength and movement for inclusion into daily briefings to the J2 and the Commander, United States Military Assistance Command Vietnam. June 1971 saw Chief return to the states for a short stint at the 15th Reconnaissance Technical Squadron, March AFB California, researching and building 200 series charts. In June 1972, Chief Amitrani headed overseas again to the 497th Reconnaissance Technical Group, Schierstein, Germany, there assuming the responsibilities of the NCOIC, Special Studies Branch.

The Chief's next stop was the 544th Intelligence Exploitation Squadron, Offutt AFB, Nebraska, from December 1975 through May 1979, where he was the NCOIC of the Defensive Missile Team and the Assistant Squadron Imagery Exploitation Manager for Defensive Missiles. Yong San, Korea, was his home for the next year as the NCOIC of the J2 Collection Management Branch HQ United States Forces Korea. His primary duty being the integration of national, strategic, and tactical intelligence collections systems into a cohesive daily plan to answer ever-changing information needs. The Chief moved to his next assignment at the 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Langley AFB, Virginia, in May 1980 assuming the duties of NCOIC Compilation, Automated Tactical Target Graphic, and the NCOIC of the Exploitation. Moving back to Europe in 1982, the Chief was again assigned to the 497th Reconnaissance Technical Group. His positions included the NCOIC OF Exploitation Management and the Operations Division Superintendent. Chief Amitrani's next assignment was at Goodfellow AFB, San Angelo, Texas, where he was the Superintendent for the 3490th Technical Training Group from June 1986 to January 1990.

The Chief's next move was to the 7451st Tactical Intelligence Squadron, located at Metro Tango, Wueschheim, Germany, from January 1990 to June of 1992, where he was the Operations Superintendent for the lead Air Force unit in employment of the $2 billion TR-1 Tactical Reconnaissance System providing near-real time intelligence to senior US and NATO commanders for theater targeting and battle management.

From June of 1992 through June of 1992 the Chief was assigned to HQ PACAF, Hicham AFB, Hawaii, as the Superintendent, Unit Support and Executive Officer, Directorate of Intelligence, Pacific Air Forces.

Then Chief's last assignment would take him back to Goodfellow AFB, San Angelo, Texas, where he was again assigned to the 315th Technical Training Squadron, where he served as the Superintendent for intelligence training.

After retirement from the Air Force, August 1995, Don went to work as a Senior Requirements Analyst for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) at Air Intelligence Agency (AIA) in San Antonio and later would move to Reston, Virginia, and worked for the same company supporting National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

In 2011, Don retired for the second time.
Major Awards and Decorations
1. Bronze Star
2. Defense Meritorious Service Medal
3. Meritorious Service Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters
4. Joint Service Commendation Medal
5. Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters
6. Five Time NCO of the Year for his squadron/group

Effective Dates of Promotion
Airman 3rd Class 26 August 1965
Airman 2nd Class 1 June 1966
Airman 1st Class 1 May 1967
Staff Sergeant 1 April 1969
Technical Sergeant 1 January 1974
Master Sergeant 1 November 1978
Senior Master Sergeant 1 June 1982
Chief Master Sergeant 1 August 1985

The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. followed by services at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday May 31, 2017, at Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis, 411 Ranch Road 620 South in Lakeway. A reception will follow the services in the Magnolia Room.

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

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