Metz to be recognized during Potomac State Homecoming

Potomac State College of West Virginia University (WVU) will recognize five individuals during Homecoming festivities this fall. Among those being honored at the awards banquet on October 13this Lieutenant Colonel Victor T. Metz, United State Air Force, Retired, who will be recognized with the Alumni Achievement Award.  

Lieutenant Colonel Victor T. Metz
Lieutenant Colonel Victor T. Metz

Colonel Metz served in the Air Force Reserve as a bombardier specialist with the rank of First Lieutenant. After being recalled to duty, he flew night raids over enemy territory during the Korean War and was placed on ‘ready status’ with a B-47 jet bomber for possible duty over Russia.

Colonel Metz served for 13 years as Commander and Aerospace Science Instructor of the AFJROTC Unit CO-62 in Westminster, Colorado before retiring in July 1984. Additionally, he has served as an assistant professor and chairman of French courses at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Colonel Metz also spent six and a half years instructing pilots, navigators and others in the nuclear/thermonuclear field. He helped pioneer the first jet bomber program in USAF history and was awarded the EAME Medal with five battle stars and the Fir Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He owned and operated a single-engine aircraft for 12 years as well.

Colonel Metz attended Potomac State in 1951; he completed his studies at West Virginia University where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Victor and his wife, Margaret, reside in Arvada, Colo.