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Major General Randall D. Peat is chief of staff, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

General Peat was born in 1935, in Chicago, where he attended area public schools. He earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Northwestern University in 1956 and a master's degree in journalism and management from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism in 1957. He completed Air War College in 1976.

Upon graduation from Northwestern University, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. He entered active duty in March 1957 and received his pilot wings at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, in July 1958. His first operational assignment was to Westover Air Force Base, Mass., flying KC-97 tankers for Strategic Air Command. In October 1962 he transferred to Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base, Okla., flying KC-135s with the 902nd Air Refueling Squadron. While assigned to the 902nd, he flew a number of missions in support of a Boeing Aircraft Co. test program to provide conventional bomb carriage on B-52s. He also participated in several deployments to Southeast Asia, where he flew 21 combat support sorties from a series of island and mainland bases. After completing eight years of duty with SAC, he was assigned as an assistant air attache at the American Embassy, Djakarta, Indonesia, until late 1967.

The general then transferred to the EC-135-equipped 6486th Airborne Command Control Squadron, "Blue Eagle," Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, where he served in various crew and operational positions. In February 1971 he was assigned to Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, as chief of the Programs Development Division, Directorate of Plans, Headquarters 7th Air Force.

Upon his return to the United States, General Peat was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., in the Directorate of Plans, as a staff officer in the Strategic Division. His duties included supervision of issues and requirements relating to bomber and tanker force structure. He performed additional duties as a speech writer for the secretary of the Air Force, the vice chief of staff, and the deputy chief of staff for plans and operations.

In August 1975 he entered the Air War College, and upon graduation in July 1976, he was assigned to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Mons, Belgium, where he served briefly as a staff officer before becoming executive officer to the assistant deputy chief of staff for plans and policy. During the last year of this assignment, General Peat served as chief of the Reinforcement Planning Group and special assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander for reinforcement matters.

General Peat returned to Washington, D.C., in July 1979 and served with the Air Staff in the Directorate of Plans, initially as the assistant and then as the deputy director for force development. He then served as assistant deputy director for force development and strategic plans, Plans and Policy Directorate, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, from July 1981 until May 1982, when he became deputy director. In September 1984 the general returned to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe as the assistant chief of staff for operations. He assumed his present position in July 1987.

The general is a command pilot with more than 4,200 flying hours. His military decorations and awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal.

He was promoted to major general Oct. 1, 1984, with date of rank March 1, 1981.

(Current as of March 2021)