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MAJOR GENERAL JOHN W. HUSTON

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Major General John W. Huston is chief, Office of Air Force History, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

General Huston was born in 1925, in Pittsburgh, Pa. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He entered flight training at Selman Field, La., and graduated with a commission as a second lieutenant in March 1944. He completed combat crew training at Sioux City, Iowa. In May 1944, he joined the 379th Bombardment Group in the European theater and flew 30 combat missions in B-17 aircraft. Upon return to the United States in November 1944, he attended Navigation Instructor School at Ellington Air Force Base, Texas, and then instructed navigation at Liberal Army Field, Kan. He was relieved from active duty in December 1945.

Since entering Reserve status in 1945, General Huston has been active in the Air Force Reserve program, commencing with the 375th Troop Carrier Wing at Greater Pittsburgh Airport where he served from 1947 to 1957 as squadron navigator, operations and training officer, and wing administrative officer. He transferred to the 459th Troop Carrier Wing, Andrews Air Force Base Md., in 1957 and served as wing administrative officer, intelligence officer, and navigator. In 1961 he was assigned to the Reserve Activities Group in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and in 1963 was assigned to the Air Reserve Forces Policy Committee in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. In 1970 he became the first chairman of the Air Force Reserve Policy Council of the Air Reserve Personnel Center in Denver, Colo.

He became the mobilization assistant to the commander, 20th Air Division, ADC, Fort Lee Air Force Station, Va., Feb. 15, 1972, and was assigned as mobilization assistant to the deputy chief of staff for personnel, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Nov. 20, 1973. He was recalled to active duty July 12, 1976, to become the chief of the Office of Air Force History.

The general's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He holds the aeronautical rating of navigator.

In 1948 General Huston received his bachelor of arts degree from Monmouth College, Ill. He received master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees in history from the University of Pittsburgh in 1950 and 1957. General Huston has served as visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Rochester, Ball State University, and the University of Maryland. He served on the faculty of the U.S. Naval Academy from 1956 to 1976, the last five years as chairman of the History Department.

General Huston completed the Academic Instructor Course in 1953 and the Air War College in 1972.

General Huston's hometown is Pittsburgh, Pa.

He was promoted to the grade of major general on Mar. 10, 1976, with date of rank July 1, 1973.

(Current as of September 1976)

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