HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

MAJOR GENERAL CHARLES H. POTTENGER

PRINT | E-MAIL

Charles Hoffman Pottenger was born in Oklahoma City in 1911. He entered Peekskill Military Academy in 1924 and was a student there until receiving his appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in July 1929.

At West Point Cadet Pottenger starred on the lacrosse team and was an all-American for three successive years from 1931-33. He learned the grueling Indian-originated game while at Peekskill.

After receiving his degree and commission as an infantry second lieutenant in June 1933, the young officer entered flying training in Texas and received his wings at Kelly Field in October 1934. He now holds command pilot rating.

The same month Lieutenant Pottenger was sent to Hawaii as a member of the 72nd Bomb squadron at Luke Field.

Returning to the U.S. in February 1937, he spent the next five years in flying training assignments at Kelly, Brooks and Ellington fields, Texas.

In November 1942, now a lieutenant colonel, Pottenger joined the 12th Air Force in North Africa. Two years later he became assistant chief of staff for operations and also served as director of operations for the Mediterranean Allied Tactical Air Force in Italy.

Ordered to Air Corps Headquarters, Washington, D.C., in June 1945, Colonel Pottenger was assigned to the Plans Division and became chief of the European Branch, Plans and Operations, War Department General Staff the following year. This assignment led to an appointment as air attache to Switzerland in November 1947.

He returned to Washington in June 1951 to attend the National War College. Following his graduation a year later he was assigned in the Policy Division of the Plans Directorate. In July 1953 he was named deputy Air Force member of the Joint Strategic Plans Committee.

Promotion to brigadier general came Oct. 5, 1954, and the following April he became chief of the War Plans Division under the deputy for operations.

Moving to Japan in June 1956, General Pottenger was first assigned as deputy for Personnel and Administration at Far East Air Force Headquarters, Fuchu Air Station. In this capacity be served as FEAF representative on the U.S./Japan Joint Committee which monitors all matters pertaining to U.S. military forces in Japan under terms of the peace treaty.

General Pottenger assumed his assignment as commander of the 315th Air Division (Combat Cargo), Tachikawa Air Base, Japan, July 1, 1957.

He is currently vice commander, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

During his 25 years of active service, General Pottenger has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and the Air Medal with oak leaf cluster. His foreign decorations include the Order of the British Empire and the Polish Order of Valor.

OPINIONS, TASTES AND EVALUATIONS
Steak and potato man; conservative dresser, preferring dark solid color suits.

Enjoys historical novels and occasionally "who-done-its" favors classical and semi-classical music - does not like rock and roll; interested in antiques and has acquired Louis XIV furniture, porcelains, and Japanese silk screens; next to America likes Europe, prefers temperate climate such as Southern California.

Expects his commanders and staff to perform all jobs to the best of their ability without being told how.

PERSONALIZED MATERIAL
Low-handicap golfer (currently three handicap); former all-American lacrosse player at USMA 1931-33; enjoys all spectator sports.

Member Tachikawa Union Club, an international group of U.S. and Japanese. Club meets monthly at different locations to present interesting aspects of American or Japanese culture or customs; Religious preference Episcopalian.

Engage

Facebook Twitter
Five agencies have come together to bridge the gap between startups, small businesses & government. Since late 2018… https://t.co/M4RS08YC3c
We're here to help @USNavy ✈️💪 https://t.co/fIG8iBpha0
RT @USAF_ACC: The A-10 Thunderbolt II, what a machine.🐗💪 Happy #WarthogWednesday! The #a10warthog is a slow, yet maneuverable aircraft cap…
Airmen from around the country, including Dover Air Force Base, Seymour Johnson AFB, South Carolina Air Guard and L… https://t.co/BjQQN0WwwA
Depression isn't always obvious. Check on your wingman. https://t.co/CmBO1X7RC7 @USAFHealth https://t.co/Qpbh7rMEfr
.@AirMobilityCmd and @AETCommand are increasing the lethality of the force. How? They are using scanned 3D images t… https://t.co/jrAdQl8fRh
Ohio @AirNatlGuard, @178thWing and @179AW sent Disaster Relief Beddown Sets to Puerto Rico to aid earthquake relief… https://t.co/thmLxnZqJC
The Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Airfield Pavement Evaluation (APE) team ensures mission-ready airfields. See… https://t.co/82900N49g9
.@GenDaveGoldfein addressed attendees @CNASdc. He was asked how to reconcile USAF's needs “of the future over the p… https://t.co/JitRS7rQwU
RT @USAfricaCommand: MALAWI: Air Forces Africa helps develop Malawian Air Force ---- “The force development program is helping us lay the f…
RT @KadenaAirBase: #ICYMI, #TeamKadena executed its first Exercise #WestPacRumrunner with joint partners focused on improved interoperabili…
RT @AirForceCE: At @March_ARB, emergency management technicians ensure our Airmen from the @163ATKW stay tactically ready. During a recent…
Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams respond to a simulated unexploded ordnance discovery and complete tasks to safely… https://t.co/k6dsZSes1V
RT @AFWERX: Take a look at all current and upcoming #AFWERXChallenges you can be a part of: https://t.co/lquAvSmyxG https://t.co/VM5ykfWIjh
It's lit. 🔥 Firefighters from 36th CES, @AndersenAFBGuam and 28 of their counterparts from Yap, Palau, Chuuk, Saip… https://t.co/SC2BR0a9C7
RT @TeamFairchild: #TeamFairchild’s 97th Air Refueling Squadron successfully completed their first mission as our newest squadron! This mis…
#MilitaryWorkingDogs have a strict diet that corresponds with their constant training regimen, but sometimes treats… https://t.co/0PWQtw7rwE
RT @thejointstaff: Meet #SEAC4 Ramon "CZ" Colon-Lopez and learn more about his role as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman and the…
RT @AirForceCE: Welcome to the Lock Shop! 🔐 Securing everything from assets to machinery, the shop plays an integral role in the larger Ai…
Have no Fear: MilTax is here! Military OneSource offers free tax prep for active duty service members and their fa… https://t.co/8TGP8ro32o