Died April 23,2014
General Felix Michael Rogers is commander of the Air Force Logistics Command, with headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The command mission is to provide worldwide technical logistics support to all Air Force active and Reserve force activities, Military Assistance Program countries, and designated U.S. Government agencies.
General Rogers was born in Somerville, Mass., in 1921. He graduated from Newton High School, Newtonville, Mass., in 1939; attended the University of Virginia from July 1947 to August 1949; and received a bachelor of science degree in military science from the University of Maryland in 1952. He is a graduate of the National War College.
He enlisted as a private in April 1942, became an aviation cadet in August 1942, and completed pilot training and received a commission as a second lieutenant at Yuma, Ariz., in 1943. During World War II, General Rogers served as a P-39 pilot with the 353d Fighter Squadron at Hamilton Field, Calif. He moved with the squadron to the European Theater of Operations, flew P-51 aircraft and became squadron commander. He is a fighter ace, credited with 12 enemy aircraft while flying from bases in England, Italy and France.
He returned to the United States in January 1945 and was assigned to flying duties in fighter aircraft until November 1945 when he became commandant of troops at Hunter Field, Ga. Between September 1946 and June 1947, he served as flight commander, operations officer, and commander of the 77th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. He next was a student at the University of Virginia under the Air Force Institute of Technology program.
In August 1949 General Rogers was transferred to Headquarters U.S. Air Force as an intelligence staff officer in the Directorate of Intelligence. He attended the language course at Lacaze Academy in Washington, D.C., from October 1952 to June 1953, in preparation for attach duties.
General Rogers served as assistant air attach in Madrid, Spain, from June 1953 to February 1957. He then returned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force as chief of the Current Intelligence Branch in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations. In 1958 he was transferred to the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as director of current intelligence, J-2, and in August 1960 entered the National War College. In July 1961 he was assigned to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense with duty station at the State Department.
General Rogers served as secretary of the Air Force Council in the Office of the Vice Chief of Staff from May 1962 until February 1963, and then as director of the secretariat, Air Force Council Designated Systems Management Group, Air Staff Board.
He was assigned to Air Force Systems Command as assistant deputy chief of staff, development plans in September 1966, and became deputy chief of staff, development plans in August 1968.
General Rogers served as senior member, United Nations Command, Military Armistice Commission, Korea, from July 1970 to August 1971. He assumed the position of deputy chief of staff for technical training at Air Training Command Headquarters in August 1971. He became vice commander of Air Training Command in November 1972.
In November 1973, General Rogers was appointed commander of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. In this position, he directed the professional military education programs for both officers and noncommissioned officers to meet the requirements of the Air Force. He became commander of AFLC in August 1975.
His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, and Air Medal with 20 oak leaf clusters. His foreign decorations include the Order of Aeronautical Merit (Spain), and the order of National Security Merit (Republic of Korea).
His hometown is Newton, Mass.
General Rogers was promoted to the grade of general effective Sept. 1, 1975.
(Current as of December 1978)