MPO History - Chaleff Brings Distinguished Record to MPO Work
A man who plays golf every Thursday, holds season tickets for both NBA and NFL games, knows his way around "inside" Washington, can repair antiques, helps friends in need, likes jazz, is well liked, yet commands respect ...
A man who flew combat missions in three wars World War II, the Korean conflict and Vietnam, has medals and citations too numerous to mention, worked at the Pentagon for 14 of his 43 years in the military and through it all has a gentle, loving nature ...
This man is non other than Col. Boris C. Chaleff USAF (ret) who leads the MPO.
How does he do it all? With help from Betty, his able wife of nearly 51 years American by birth, Macedonian by choice. He was born to an MPO family. His father Kiril served for many years on the Central Committee with the support of his wife Fota. When Boris retired from the military, he returned to his roots Indianapolis and the MPO taking his place among its leaders.
Boris was graduated from Butler University and holds a masters degree from there. In addition he earned 30 hours of advanced degree credit from Indiana University, the University of Notre Dame, San Diego State University, Indiana State University and Indiana Central College.
The Colonel enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943, attended the aviation cadet program for navigator training. He was graduated as a flight officer and served with the 569th Bomb Squadron, Heavy, 390 Bombardment Group, Eighth Air Force in England when the war ended in Europe and he was released from active duty.
He was a member of the inactive reserve until January 1949 when he joined the 122nd Fighter Intercepter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard. Two years later he was recalled to active duty and served as Base Navigator to the 19th Bombardment Wing, Medium, at Guam. He was released from active duty in 1953 and returned to the 122nd as personnel officer. In March 1955 he joined the United States Air Force Reserve and was assigned as Group Operations and Training Officer in Survival, Recovery and Reconstitution program at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis. In 1963 he was squadron/instructor navigator in the 871st Tactical Airlift Squadron. When his unit was called to active duty in 1968 he went to Nha Trang Air Base, Vietnam, as squadron navigator and operations officers in the 71st Special Operations Squadron, 14th Special Operations Wing.
He became a Colonel in 1971, and in 1972 he became Chief of Programs Branch, Programs and Resources Division, Office of the Chief of Air Force Reserve, headquartered with the USAF, at Washington, D.C.
The last two years of duty he served as Reserve Staff Advisor to the Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board which is the independent and principal policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the Congress on all matters pertaining to Reserve Components. Upon retirement in 1986 he was presented the Defense Superior Service Medal by the Secretary of Defense. A year earlier he received the USAF Reserve Man of the Year Award in behalf of 60,000 reservists.
Before retirement he logged more than 2200 flying hours. His military decorations and awards also include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with four Oakleaf Clusters, Air Force Presidential Unit Citations, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He also is the recipient of the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm as well as the Air Force Presidential Unit Citation and the Outstanding Unit Award.
Throughout the years of inactive duty he was a teacher and head of the Science Department at Harry E. Wood High School, Indianapolis, and served as the school's football and basketball coach.
Betty holds a masters degree and was a teacher for 17 years. She was one of the first reading consultants in the Indianapolis Public Schools. She has been a docent at George Washington's home Mt. Vernon and served on the Mt. Vernon Civic Committee. She also has worked as a realtor and owned her own antique shops. They have raised two sons, one a pilot and one an investment broker with a Wall Street investment firm. Their four grandchildren are all in school.