Col. Waldo E. Bertoni, Ret.

MPTHS 1939 - 1943
U of I 1943 - 1944
USMA at West Point 1944 - 1948 B.S.
Selfridge AFB, Mi. 1948 - 1950 Squadron Adjutant, 56th Fighter Wing Supply Squadron
U of I 1950 - 1952 M.S. Electrical Engineering
Wright Brothers AFB, O. 1952 - 1956 Bomber Defense System Development
Germany 1956 - 1959 AF Security Service
NSA 1959 - 1963 Communication & Electronic Intelligence Engineering
U. of Chicago 1963 - 1964 M.B.A. in R & D Management
Hq. USAF Pentagon 1964 - 1968 AF Scientific & Technical Intellilgence Program Monitor (Legion of Merit)
Ft. McNair Wash., D.C. 1968 - 1969 Armed Forces Industrial College Certificate - 1968
Hanscom AFB, Mass. 1969 - 1973 Electronic Systems Div. Director Planning & Technology ('69-'72) ESD Vice Commander ('72-'73) (Legion of Merit)
Arlington, VA. 1973 - 1977 Defense Communication Agency.  Deputy Director Military Satellite Communications Office (Defense Superior Service Medal)
Retirement Oct. 31, 1977
       Col. Bertoni gave the 2006 Memorial Day Keynote Address at both the Mt. Pulaski and Steenbergen Cemeteries.  Col. Bertoni and his wife, Rosalie, returned to Mt. Pulaski after an absence of almost 63 years.  He served in the Air Force for almost 30 years.  His career in research and development, military intelligence, and satellite communications resulted in assignments at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; AF Headquarters at the Pentagon, and the Defense Communications Agence (DCA) in Arlington, Va.; the National Security Agency (NSA), the USAF Security Service in Germany, and the Electronic Systems Division (ESD) at Hanscom AFB, Ma.
       Col. Bertoni's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal for his DCA service in satellite communications, the Legion of Merit for his Pentagon Service in scientific intelligence, and the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster for his service as Vice Commander at ESD.
       Col. Bertoni is the son of Rinaldo and Pauline Bertoni.  He is married to the former Rosalie Smith, daughter of Wilbur and Hazel Smith of Chestnut, IL.  They now reside in Mt. Pulaski, IL.