Brigadier General Regis F.A. Urschler is vice commander of the Electronic Security Command headquartered at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas.
General Urschler was born in 1935, in Pittsburgh and graduated from North Catholic High School in 1953. He received a bachelor of arts degree in business economics from Park College, Parkville, Mo., in 1973. The general also completed Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Following graduation from high school he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and completed basic training at Sampson Air Force Base, N.Y. His initial duty assignment was at Reese Air Force Base, Texas. In April 1954 General Urschler entered pilot training as an aviation cadet, completing primary training at Hondo Air Base, Texas, and basic training at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. He was commissioned a second lieutenant and received his pilot wings in August 1955.
He was then assigned to the 343rd Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Forbes Air Force Base, Kan., where he flew as co-pilot in RB-47E's, H's and K's, and EB-47H's. While assigned to this unit his duties included numerous tours of temporary duty to Japan, Greenland, Turkey, England and Alaska.
In December 1964 he began KC-135 transition training at Castle Air Force Base, Calif., and, upon completion, transferred to the 4157th Strategic Wing at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. While there he served as an aircraft commander and instructor pilot in RC-135D's, E's and S's. He flew RC-135E's and S's from Shemya Air Force Station, Alaska. In May 1967 he was reassigned to the 343rd Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron now located at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., as a crew commander and instructor pilot in RC-135C's and RC-135T's.
Reporting to the 82nd Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, 376th Strategic Wing, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, in July 1970, General Urschler served as unit operations officer and concurrently performed duty as instructor pilot in RC-135M's. From June 1971 to May 1973, he commanded the 82nd Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron. In May 1973 he returned to Offutt Air Force Base and entered the Bootstrap program at Park College.
Upon graduation in December 1973, he returned to Offutt Air Force Base as senior controller, director of command control, Headquarters Strategic Air Command.
From August 1975 to July 1977, General Urschler served as vice commander of the 301st Air Refueling Wing at Rickenbacker Air Force Base, Ohio. He then took command of the wing. In May 1978 he returned to Offutt Air Force Base as commander of the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. He transferred to Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., in August 1980 and served as commander of SAC's 47th Air Division. The general assumed his present duties in May 1982.
The general is a command pilot and has more than 12,700 flying hours, 1,500 of which are combat hours. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with 18 oak leaf clusters and Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
He was promoted to brigadier general June 1, 1980, with date of rank May 31, 1980.
(Current as of August 1982)