AF Biographies

This database holds biographical information on Air Force leaders, active duty, Reserve and retired general officers; current senior executives; secretaries of the Air Force; and chief master sergeants of the Air Force. Air Force biographies may not have been prepared for some general officers before retirement. If a name is not listed, an Air Force biography is not available. For biography changes and updates please send an unencrypted e-mail to Air Force Biographies from a .mil e-mail address. 

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100910-F-JZ024-483 MAJOR GENERAL FOSTER L. SMITH
Retired   August 01, 1975   Died  October 07, 2005
Major General Foster L. Smith is assistant deputy chief of staff, Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. General Smith was born in Bryan County, near Durant, Okla., in 1922. He graduated from Russell High School in Durant in 1939, entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in July 1941 and while at the academy, attended
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Default Air Force Logo BRIGADIER GENERAL HAROLD L. SMITH
  Died  March 24, 1996
Harold L. Smith was born in Washington, Pa., in 1906. Appointed to the U.S. Military Academy in 1926, he graduated in the upper half of the class of 1930. A year later, in 1931, after basic flight training at March Field, Calif., 2nd Lt. Harold Smith was awarded his pilot wings at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas. Assigned to Luke Field,
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030707-F-JZ509-687 BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES B. SMITH
Retired   October 01, 2002
Brig. Gen. James B. Smith is deputy commander, Joint Warfighting Center, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Joint Training Analysis and Simulation Center, Suffolk, Va. He is responsible for managing the joint force exercise and training development program, and for reviewing, coordinating, developing, publishing and applying the joint doctrine program. He
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110310-F-JZ022-359 BRIGADIER GENERAL ROGER C. SMITH
Retired   September 01, 1988
Brigadier General Roger C. Smith is the Joint Chiefs of Staff representative, Defense and Space Negotiations, Washington, D.C., and Geneva, Switzerland. General Smith was born in 1937, in Orange, N.J., and graduated from Jonathan Dayton Regional High School, Springfield, N.J., in 1955. He received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Kenyon
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090916-F-JZ029-428 LIEUTENANT GENERAL ROBERT NELSON SMITH
Retired   October 01, 1973   Died  April 08, 2004
Lieutenant General Robert Nelson Smith is chief of staff, United Nations Command, Korea, and chief of staff, U.S. Forces, Korea. General Smith was born in Burlington, Mass., in 1915. He graduated from Fryeburg Academy, Fryeburg, Maine, in 1934 and entered Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, graduating in 1938 with a bachelor of science degree in
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Default Air Force Logo BRIGADIER GENERAL WILBUR A. SMITH
Retired   June 01, 1963   Died  December 10, 1981
Wilbur Anderson Smith was born in Camden, N.J., in 1903, the son of the late William Briggs Smith and the late Ada Gertrude Anderson Smith. He has spent the major part of his life as a resident of New Jersey. Through his mother, he is a direct descendant of Colonel John Anderson whose disabled and leaking ship put into Perth Amboy, N.J., in 1699
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090916-F-JZ029-426 BRIGADIER GENERAL WILLARD W. SMITH
Retired   July 31, 1963   Died  May 12, 1995
Willard Wright Smith was born in Kansas City, Mo., in 1910. He spent his early life in north Texas, starting school in El Paso. He graduated from high school in Corvallis, Ore., in June 1928, and from Oregon State College in June 1934 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering majoring in aeronautical engineering. He was
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Official Photo-   SES Ms Lisa Smith(U.S. Air Force Photo by Michael J Pausic) LISA P. SMITH

Lisa P. Smith, a member of the Department of Defense Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Director of Logistics, Deputy Chief of Staff of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters Air Force, Washington, D.C. She is responsible for supporting the Director of Logistics by providing executive leadership and direction for organizing,
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Default Air Force Logo MAJOR GENERAL DAVID R. SMITH
Retired   January 05, 2002
Major General David R. Smith is commander, 10th Air Force, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas. He manages all Air Force Reserve air refueling and fighter units in the United States, which, if mobilized, will be gained either by Air Mobility Command or Air Combat Command.General Smith was born in Rochester, N.Y. He graduated from Ithaca (N.Y.) High
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100910-F-JZ024-485 MAJOR GENERAL CLICK D. SMITH JR.
Retired   June 01, 1985   Died  January 12, 2004
Major General Click D. Smith Jr. is deputy director for strategic mobility, J-4, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C. His responsibilities include planning and executing air, land and sea strategic movement of U.S. forces to contingencies anywhere in the world. He also conducts major mobility studies to examine the
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030707-F-JZ509-686 MAJOR GENERAL D. BRUCE SMITH
Retired   September 01, 1997
Major General D. Bruce Smith is commandant, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. He directs and evaluates the post-graduate-level programs of the U.S. Air Force's senior professional military educational institution. Through joint education and senior leader development, Air War College prepares senior U.S. and international officers and
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090715-F-JZ030-360 BRIGADIER GENERAL DONALD C. SMITH
Retired   July 01, 1986
Brigadier General Donald C. Smith is assistant deputy chief of staff for operations, Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. General Smith was born in 1937, in Clinton, Okla. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1955 and received a bachelor of science degree in general engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., in
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Default Air Force Logo MAJOR GENERAL DALE O. SMITH
Retired   July 01, 1964   Died  January 05, 1998
Major General Dale O. Smith was born in Reno, Nev., in 1911, and attended Reno schools and the University of Nevada there for two years before being appointed to the U.S. Military Academy. He graduated from West Point in 1934 and spent the summer on a midshipman cruise to Europe aboard the battleship Wyoming. Returning to the United States he went
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090715-F-JZ030-359 GENERAL FREDERIC H. SMITH JR.
Retired   September 01, 1962   Died  May 28, 1980
Frederic Harrison Smith Jr., was born at Fort Monroe, Va., in 1908. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated a second lieutenant of Field Artillery, June 13, 1929. Second Lieutenant Smith's first assignment was that of student officer at the Air Corps Primary and Advanced Flying Schools at Brooks and Kelly fields,
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Default Air Force Logo MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE FERROW SMITH
  Died  April 24, 1991
George Ferrow Smith was born in Washington, D.C., in 1905. He graduated from high school at Addison, N.Y. in 1923 and from the New York Military Academy the following year. On June 9, 1928 he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned a second lieutenant of Infantry. That September General Smith began flying training, graduated
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110310-F-JZ022-362 BRIGADIER GENERAL GRANT R. SMITH
Retired   July 01, 1975   Died  May 09, 2001
Brigadier General Grant R. Smith is executive director, Quality Assurance, Contract Administration Services, Defense Supply Agency, Cameron Station, Alexandria, Va. General Smith was born in San Francisco, Calif., in 1920. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor of arts degree in 1948, earned a master's degree in
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110310-F-JZ022-361 MAJOR GENERAL HOWARD P. SMITH JR.
Retired   August 01, 1976
Major General Howard P. Smith Jr., is director of intelligence, J-2, Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany. General Smith was born in 1924, in West Palm Beach, Fla., and graduated from Tifton High School in Georgia in 1941. He entered active military duty in the U.S. Army in April 1943 at Fort McPherson, Ga. He later
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Default Air Force Logo LIEUTENANT GENERAL JOSEPH SMITH
Retired   June 30, 1958   Died  May 19, 1993
Joseph Smith was born in Scranton, Pa., in 1901. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy June 12, 1923, was commissioned a second lieutenant of Cavalry and assigned with the Eighth Cavalry at Fort Bliss, Texas. In October 1924, he joined the Second Machine Gun Squadron at Fort Bliss, and subsequently became squadron adjutant. In November 1927,
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090916-F-JZ029-432 MAJOR GENERAL LARRY ALLEN SMITH
Retired   June 01, 1973   Died  June 18, 2009
Major General Larry Allen Smith is commander, USAF Regional Hospital Maxwell, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., with additional duty as command surgeon, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. His responsibilities include the hospital, preventive medicine policies, flight medicine, aeromedical evacuation and the overall effectiveness of personnel
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110310-F-JZ022-360 LIEUTENANT GENERAL LEO W. SMITH II
Retired   May 01, 1992
Lieutenant General Leo W. Smith II is vice commander in chief, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. General Smith was born March 13, 1936, in Omaha, Neb., and graduated from Dowling High School, Des Moines, Iowa, in 1954. He earned a bachelor of science degree in military engineering from the U.S. Military Academy in 1958
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