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Earl Tilford, Tuscaloosa

Earl Tilford, Tuscaloosa

Earl Tilford earned his BA and MA in history at the University of Alabama and his PhD in Modern American and European Military History and Soviet and East European Politics from George Washington University. During his Air Force career, he served as an intelligence officer during the Vietnam War and a nuclear targeting officer at Headquarters, Strategic Air Command. He also taught at the Air Force Academy and Air War College and served as Director of Research at the US Army’s Strategic Studies Institute. From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Tilford taught history and national security courses at Grove City College. Earl is the author of three books on the air war in Vietnam. In 2014, the University of Alabama Press published his latest book, Turning the Tide: The University of Alabama in the 1960s. He is a previous contributor to Alabama Heritage Magazine and lives in Tuscaloosa.

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