Jack ReVelle Featured in Purdue Alumnus Magazine

ASSE emeritus professional member Jack ReVelle was recently featured in his alma mater’s alumni magazine, Purdue Alumnus. The article, “Bombs Away,” written by Grant Flora, delves into ReVelle’s time as commander of Detachment 4 of the 2702nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron, where he was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. It was his time there, in 1961, when he and his men were called to perform a then-secret mission to deactivate two Broken Arrow H-bombs at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina. In the article, ReVelle discusses the mission and just how destructive the bombs would have been had they blown. The bombs were ejected during a bomber crash that killed three of the eight crewman. “Miraculously, neither bomb exploded. Each had the capacity to do 200 times the damage the atomic bombs did to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

Retired from the military, ReVelle has since been keeping busy. He currently is a consulting statistician for ReVelle Solutions LLC, and resides in Santa Ana, CA. He is a member of the Long Beach Chapter.