Born in Chicago, IL on 16 August 1923, Stanley F.H. Newman enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1942, graduating from pilot training in March 1944. Flying a P-51, he completed 57 missions while serving with the Ninth Air Force in Europe. He is credited with shooting down one of the last German planes in World War II. Having left his university studies to participate in the war, he returned to the University of Illinois, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Before locating to Oklahoma, he worked in the Pilotless Aircraft Research Division at NASA.
Neman joined the 185th Fighter Squadron, Oklahoma Air National Guard in June 1948. During the Korean Conflict, he was recalled to active duty with the 185th, flying 100 combat missions. At the end of the war, he was appointed as the Operations officer of the 185th Fighter Squadron. In 1956 he was named Squadron Commander, and in 1960 he was promoted to 137th Group Commander. His rise in the Air Guard continued; he became the 137th Deputy Wing Commander in 1969 and Wing Commander in 1973. During the Vietnam War, he flew several cargo missions to Southeast Asia. He was promoted to Major General on 8 February 1979, retiring from the Oklahoma Air National Guard on 17 August 1983.
General Newman’s Decorations and Awards include Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with 13 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Combat Readiness Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, American Defense Service Medal, WW II Victory Medal, Occupation Medal (Germany), Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Air Force Expeditionary Medal, Antarctica Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, AFOUA, AFOEA, and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. He also received the Oklahoma Distinguished Service Medal, Oklahoma Meritorious Service Medal, Oklahoma Commendation Medal, and Oklahoma Guardsmen Medal.
In addition to his degree from the University of Illinois, General Newman attended Air Force Service Schools, including Command and Staff College and the Aircraft Maintenance Management Course. He also completed the Industrial College of the Armed Forces National Security Management Course. He graduated from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Program in National and International Security.