Obituary of JOSEPH KUHN

Joseph A. Kuhn Jr. CHOCTAW, OK Joseph A. Kuhn Jr. of Choctaw, OK, passed away Dec. 15, 2017. Senior Master Sergeant Joseph A. Kuhn Jr. was born to Joseph and Maria Kuhn. He was raised in Trenton, NJ, and entered the Air Force in 1976. Following completion of basic training at Lackland AFB, TX, he attended Technical Training School at Chanute AFB, IL, graduating as a jet engine mechanic. Sgt. Kuhn's first duty assignment was as a Flight Line Propulsion Mechanic for the C-141A "Starlifter" at Charleston AFB, SC. His next duty assignment was Elmendorf AFB, AK, again as a flight line propulsion mechanic for the F4-E, T-33A, C-130E, and HH-3 weapons systems. He was the first specialist in Alaskan Air Command to become an F4-E Crew Chief under the Production Oriented Maintenance Organization (POMO) program. Sgt. Kuh's next duty assignment was to Castle AFB, CA, where he was a B-52G/H and KC-135A Flight Line Propulsion Shift Supervisor and Propulsion Quality Control, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge. While at Castle, Sgt. Kuhn was selected to become a member of the AGM 86A/B and B-1B Test Teams at Edwards AFB, CA. At Edwards, Sgt. Kuhn's duties included Propulsion Test Evaluator for the Air Force Test and Evaluation Center, Aircraft Systems Mechanic, and Chief of the Specialist Flight. Sgt. Kuhn was assigned to Ellsworth AFB in 1986. He excelled in a variety of Field and Operations Maintenance Squadron positions prior to being assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing Arms Control and Counter-Proliferation Office. In his present position as Chief, Treaty Compliance, he oversaw the destruction of 149 Minuteman II silos in western South Dakota as the 44th Strategic Missile Wing deactivated. Sgt. Kuhn flawlessly led the wing through numerous Open Skies visits and Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) inspections. He was recognized in the command as "the expert" for B-1B START compliance issues. The office was recognized as the Best Arms Control Division in the Air Force during his tenure. Sgt. Kuhn's military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Combat Readiness Medal. Sgt. Kuhn was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, F&AM.

Surviving are his parents, Joseph A. & Maria Kuhn. His daughter Sarina Kuhn. Granddaughter Karsynn Jade. Brother Richard F. Kuhn. Nieces Rishelle and Staephanie Kuhn and his cousin William Forbes Jr. and many other relatives. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Knott's Colonial Funeral Home, 2946 South Broad St., Hamilton. Relatives and friends may call Wednesday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will be in Washington Crossing National Cemetery. Knott's Colonial Funeral Home 2946 South Broad St. Hamilton, NJ 08610 (609) 888-4723

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