Blair Bozek was born in 1951 in New Jersey. He entered the U.S. Air Force Academy in June 1970, and was commissioned a 2d Lt in the U.S. Air Force on June 5, 1974. Lt Bozek completed Undergraduate Navigator Training and was awarded his navigator wings in July 1976, followed by F-4 Phantom II Combat Crew Training. His first assignment was as an F-4 Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) with the 57th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Keflavik Naval Station, Iceland, from July 1977 to June 1978, and then as an F-4 WSO and Instructor WSO with the 10th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hahn AB, West Germany, from October 1978 to July 1981. Capt Bozek next served as an F-4E Combat Crew Training Instructor and F-4E Fighter Weapons Course Instructor with the 20th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron at George AFB, California, from November 1981 to April 1985, followed by SR-71 Blackbird Reconnaissance Systems Officer (RSO) training from June 1985 to May 1986. Maj Bozek served as an SR-71 RSO, Instructor RSO, as Chief of the Reconnaissance Systems Branch, and then as Chief of the Stan/Eval Reconnaissance Systems Branch with the 1st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron of the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale AFB, California, from May 1986 to March 1990. After attending Air Attache Training with the Defense Intelligence Agency, Maj Bozek served as Assistant Air Attache in Bonn, Germany, from July 1991 to June 1994, and then on the staff of Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein AB, Germany, from June 1994 to February 1996. LtCol Bozek's final assignment was as Chief of the SR-71 Stan/Eval section with Detachment 2, 9th Operations Group of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Edwards AFB, California, from February 1996 until his retirement from the Air Force on December 31, 1998. During this time, he was instrumental in the reactivation of the SR-71 program. After retiring from the Air Force, Blair served as a Defense Contractor and then as a Defense Analyst in the Pentagon, and was present during the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, when he aided many Pentagon personnel to safety. As a Major, he ejected from the last SR-71 to be lost, on April 21, 1989
His 3rd Air Medal Citation reads:
Major Blair L. Bozek distinguished himself by meritorious achievement while participating in sustained aerial flight as an SR-71 Reconnaissance Systems Officer at forward operating locations of the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Beale Air Force Base, California, from 27 September 1987 to 7 February 1989. During this period, the airmanship and courage exhibited by Major Bozek in the successful accomplishment of these important reconnaissance missions, under extremely hazardous conditions, demonstrated his outstanding proficiency and steadfast devotion to duty. The professional ability and outstanding aerial accomplishments of Major Bozek reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.