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  (SAC) headquarters, and other high- level Air Force responsibilities. He served at more than a dozen Air Force bases around the country and in eastern Asia – stationed often at Edwards and elsewhere in California, then south to Alabama and later Louisiana, as far east as New Hampshire, before Minot in North Dakota. In 1989 he was promoted to Major General. His military awards and decorations are numerous, and express important accomplishments and broad recognition of his leadership of others. Flying and serving his country’s national defense brought fulfillment to Fred’s love of order, and of exploring limits of our universe and known technology. He loved serving his country. He also knew that truth and order are not inherently the highest goals. Order and truth provide the means and environment for human cooperation and goodness to grow. Authentic truth is the form of love, and God created order for the sake of goodness and human love, because love is what lasts to eternity. God’s love for created humans begins with the gift of freedom – not total freedom to do anything, but an inner freedom to think within ourselves as we each choose, and also to will and to love (or not love) as we ourselves choose. In Swedenborgian terms truth and love are the two universal principles of creation, reflected almost everywhere we look, especially in male and female throughout the universe. Fred, male and active seeker of truth, understanding and wisdom, was well aware of how truth – and he Fred – needed goodness, love, warmth, caring attachment. He and Barbara Allen were high school friends, but it was later that their romance developed, more toward the end of his Air Force Academy days, a lot of it by telephone. Yes, in those days we wrote long letters, by hand, sent with stamps, and spent a lot of time waiting to phone, or to hear a ring. After graduating from the Air Force Academy Fred proposed to Barbara in October, 1962 – on the telephone. They were married the next February, and delighted in a new cause, bigger than themselves, given by God as a wonderful way they both could serve others, together. Marion arrived, bringing with her a whole new realm of usefulness and human care. Soon Erin, then Dale, and a bit later Daniel, came Flying and serving his country’s national defense brought fulfillment to Fred’s love of order, and of exploring limits of our universe and known technology. He loved serving his country. 213