LIEUTENANT GENERAL GLENN A. KENT
Died April 25,2012
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Lieutenant General Glenn A. Kent is director, Weapons Systems Evaluation Group, under the direction of the director of defense research and engineering, Office of the Secretary of Defense.
General Kent was born in Red Cloud, Neb., in 1915. He was reared in Manzanola, Colo., and graduated from Manzanola High School in 1932. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Western State College, Colo., in 1936, and coached high school basketball for a few years after graduation.
He joined the Army Air Corps in 1941 as a cadet and completed training in meteorology at California Institute of Technology in 1942. His first assignment was as a weather officer at Goose Bay, Labrador. During 1943 and 1944 he was a weather officer in Greenland and later in the United States. He left active duty and was in the Reserve for a year and in December 1946 he came back on active duty as weather officer, 8th Weather Squadron at Fort Totten, N.Y., and Westover Air Force Base, Mass.
In 1947 General Kent was selected to study radiological engineering. Under this program he attended the Naval Post Graduate School at Annapolis, Md., for one year and the University of California at Berkeley for two years. He then was assigned to the Armament Division of the Directorate of Research and Development at Headquarters U.S. Air Force. His primary responsibility concerned atomic weapons.
In 1953 General Kent was assigned to the Air Force Special Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. His last duty at that station was deputy to the director of research. After attending the Air War College in 1956-1957, General Kent was assigned to the Directorate of Plans, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, where he later became chief of the Weapons Plans Division. He next served for a year as the Air Force Representative at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.
General Kent was assigned in 1962 as the Military Assistant to the Deputy Director (Strategic and Defensive Systems) of Defense Research and Engineering in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
In July 1965 General Kent was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force as deputy director, Development Plans, in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Research and Development. In July 1966 General Kent assumed the position of assistant for concept formulation to the deputy chief of staff, research and development, and in September 1966 this position became an additional duty with his assignment to the Air Force Systems Command at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as deputy chief of staff for development plans. In August 1968 General Kent was assigned as assistant chief of staff, studies and analysis. He reported directly to the vice chief of staff.
In February 1972 General Kent was assigned as director of the Weapons Systems Evaluation Group, Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering, Office of the Secretary of Defense.
(Current as of April 15, 1972)