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 e-mail to Air Force Biographies from a .mil e-mail address. 

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Default Air Force Logo MAJOR GENERAL EDWARD P. MECHLING
  Died  February 15, 1989
Edward Pont Mechling was born in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1904. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on June 14, 1927, and was commissioned a second lieutenant of Cavalry. Beginning flying training at Brooks Field, Texas, in January 1928, General Mechling was assigned to the First Cavalry Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. Entering the Ordnance
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2003
MedlerDec2013 BRIGADIER GENERAL LINDA R. MEDLER
Retired   April 01, 2014
Brig. Gen. Linda R. Medler is the Director, Capability and Resource Integration (J8), U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Md. She is responsible for acquiring resources to satisfy the Command’s requirements, and engages in the Defense Department’s requirements, and planning, programming, budgeting, and execution (PPBE) processes to do so. She leads an
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2011
120608-F-JZ012-689 BRIGADIER GENERAL MARTHA A. MEEKER
Retired   January 01, 2015
Brig. Gen. Martha A. Meeker is Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center is the Air Force's Center of Excellence for advanced expeditionary combat support training and education, while also providing direct oversight for en route and installation support,
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2012
101130-F-JZ023-443 MAJOR GENERAL BRIAN P. MEENAN
Retired   January 15, 2014
Maj. Gen. Brian P. Meenan is the mobilization assistant to the Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Air Mobility Command's total force team conducts combat delivery, strategic airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and special mission operations to provide America's Global Reach.General Meenan earned his commission
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2008
091231-F-JZ027-931 MAJOR GENERAL JAMES W. MEIER
Retired   January 01, 1993   Died  August 05, 2000
Major General James W. Meier is vice commander, 15th Air Force, March Air Force Base, Calif. General Meier was born in 1940 in Cleveland, and graduated from Augusta Military Academy in 1958. He earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial management from Georgia Institute Technology in 1962 and a master's degree in business administration from
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2003
081003-F-JZ033-604 BRIGADIER GENERAL JOHN W. MEINCKE
Retired   August 01, 2000
Brig. Gen. John W. Meincke is the director of command, control, communications and computers systems, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. He is responsible for implementing and managing global communications and computer networks for U.S. Central Command and its component commands. He ensures the reliability of command, control,
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2003
090130-F-JZ032-464 DR. TROY E. MEINK

Troy E. Meink, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Space; and the Director, Executive Agent for Space Staff, Washington, D.C. He provides the principal support to the Under Secretary's role as the Headquarters U.S. Air Force focal point for space matters and in coordinating activities across
2/04
2009
080805-F-JZ034-251 BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES L. MELIN
Retired   April 03, 2010
Brig. Gen. James L. Melin is Commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, March Air Reserve Base, Calif. The wing is the Air Force Reserve's largest and only unit-equipped air mobility wing, with eight C-17s, 10 KC-135Rs and more than 4,000 Reservists. Born in Chicago, Ill., General Melin was commissioned through the ROTC program
12/06
2007
Default Air Force Logo BRIGADIER GENERAL VINCENT J. MELOY
Retired   April 30, 1946   Died  December 10, 1960
Vincent J. Meloy was born in 1895 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He served as a private in the New York National Guard, and as a private, 1st Aero Company, from Sept. 1, 1916, to Sept. 23, 1916; as a private and private first class, Aviation Service, Signal Enlisted Reserve Corps from Aug. 15, 1917, to Dec. 16, 1917, when he was appointed a first lieutenant,
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2011
091231-F-JZ027-930 BRIGADIER GENERAL ALBERT L. MELTON
Retired   September 01, 1977
Brigadier General Albert L. Melton is commander of the 14th Air Division at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. Under his command are reconnaissance, bombardment and refueling organizations equipped with SR-71, B-52 and KC-135 aircraft. General Melton was born in Woodville, Ala., in 1928, and is a graduate of Jackson County High School, Scottsboro, Ala.
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2003
Default Air Force Logo BRIGADIER GENERAL EDWARD MENDEL
Retired   June 01, 1979   Died  March 02, 1992
Brigadier General Edward Mendel is deputy chief of staff, plans and programs, Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is also the assistant to the commander for intelligence. General Mendel was born in 1928, in Hollywood, Calif. He graduated from Victor Valley Union High School in May 1945 and entered the U.S. Naval
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2003
081008-F-JZ033-542 BRIGADIER GENERAL WILLIAM J. MENG
Retired   July 31, 1967   Died  February 01, 2001
William J. Meng was born at North Middletown, Ky., in 1917. He attended High School in North Middletown where he graduated in 1935. He entered Transylvania College in 1935 and completed three years majoring in economics. He participated in the University of Maryland off-duty education program while on active duty in the Washington, D.C. area. In
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2003
030423-F-JZ510-483 MAJOR GENERAL RICHARD A. MENTEMEYER
Retired   July 01, 2006
Maj. Gen. Richard A. Mentemeyer is Deputy Commander, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Fla. He is second-in-command of one of nine unified commands under the Department of Defense. USOUTHCOM is responsible for all U.S. military activities, including Theater Security Cooperation, on the land mass of Latin America south of Mexico; the waters adjacent to
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2004
Default Air Force Logo BRIGADIER GENERAL MARTIN MENTER
Retired   August 01, 1970   Died  November 24, 2004
Brigadier General Martin Menter is command judge advocate of the Aerospace Defense Command and also serves in like capacity on the staff of the North American Air Defense Command, at Ent Air Force Base, Colo. General Menter was born in 1915, in Syracuse, N.Y., where he graduated from Central High School. He attended Syracuse University where he
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2003
060711-F-JZ506-711 MAJOR GENERAL ROOSEVELT MERCER JR.
Retired   January 01, 2008
Maj. Gen. Roosevelt Mercer Jr. is the Director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. He is directly responsible to the Commander, USSTRATCOM, for the development and implementation of national security policy and guidance, military strategy and guidance, space and weapons employment concepts and policy, and joint
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2005
120612-F-FC975-219 MAJOR GENERAL KENNETH D. MERCHANT
Retired   October 01, 2014
Maj. Gen. Kenneth D. Merchant is Director, Global Reach Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. As the capability director, General Merchant is responsible to the Air Force acquisition executive for airlift, air refueling, training and special operations
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2007
081008-F-JZ033-541 BRIGADIER GENERAL WILLIAM T. MEREDITH
Retired   March 01, 1973   Died  February 20, 2013
Brigadier General William T. Meredith is assistant for facilities management, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Installations and Logistics). He supervises the planning, programming and surveillance of execution, on a worldwide basis, of the maintenance, operation and repair of real property, including family housing, in the Department
4/23
2003
111005-F-JZ018-958 DAVID C. MERKER

David Merker, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director of Nuclear Treaty Monitoring, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Forida.
3/19
2015
091231-F-JZ027-929 LIEUTENANT GENERAL RICHARD E. MERKLING
Retired   July 01, 1983
Lieutenant General Richard E. Merkling is deputy chief of staff for logistics and engineering, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. General Merkling was born in 1925, in Kendallville, Ind., and graduated from Hamilton High School, Los Angeles. He has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California
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2003
081008-F-JZ033-539 GENERAL JACK G. MERRELL
Retired   September 12, 1972   Died  August 15, 1993
General Jack Gordon Merrell became commander of Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, March 29, 1968. General Merrell was born in Jeannette, Pa., in 1915. He graduated from high school in 1933, attended Bradens at Cornwall-on-the-Hudson, and then entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from which he graduated
4/23
2003
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