HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

LIEUTENANT GENERAL WILLIAM D. ECKERT

PRINT | E-MAIL

William Dole Eckert was born in Freeport, Ill., in 1909. He enlisted in the Indiana National Guard in 1924 and in July 1926 entered the U.S. Military Academy. He graduated four years later and was appointed a second lieutenant of Field Artillery in the Regular Army.

In September 1930 General Eckert entered the Air Corps Primary Flying School at Brooks Field, Texas. He graduated in July 1931 and was transferred to the Air Corps Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, Texas. He graduated with the rating of pilot in October 1931. Two months later he transferred to the Air Force and was assigned at Selfridge Field, Mich., for duty with the 36th Pursuit Squadron.

General Eckert, in April 1935, joined the 29th Pursuit Squadron at Albrook Field, Panama Canal Zone. In May 1937 he was named a flying instructor at the Air Corps Primary Flying School at Randolph Field, Texas. In September 1938 he entered Harvard University and in June 1940 graduated with a master's degree from the university's Graduate School of Business Administration. He then was assigned to Wright Field, Ohio where he served successively as production executive, comptroller, and as executive of the Materiel Command.

In January 1944 General Eckert entered the Army and Navy Staff College. Upon graduation two months later he was assigned to Europe as commander of the 452nd Bomb Group. He later served in that theater as chief of maintenance and chief of supply of the Ninth Air Force Service Command.

General Eckert was assigned, in July 1945, as executive in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Materiel at Air Force headquarters, and later was appointed chief of the Readjustment and Procurement Division of that office. In November 1947 he was assigned to the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force and two months later became executive to the undersecretary of the Air Force.

In April 1949 General Eckert became comptroller of Air Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and in October 1951 assumed additional duty as deputy commander of the Air Materiel Command.

General Eckert was transferred to Air Force headquarters in June 1952 for duty as assistant deputy chief of staff for materiel. Relieved of this assignment he reported to Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va., July 15, 1956 to assume the duties of deputy commander (redesignated vice commander Nov. 5., 1956).

In February 1960 General Eckert was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force for duty as the comptroller of the Air Force, effective Feb. 1, 1960.

His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, and foreign medals. He is rated a command pilot and technical observer.

He was promoted to first lieutenant (temporary) May 8, 1935; to first lieutenant (Permanent) Aug. 1, 1935; to captain (permanent) June 12, 1940; to major (temporary) July 15, 1941; to lieutenant colonel (temporary) Jan. 5., 1942; to colonel (temporary) Aug. 1, 1944; to major (permanent) June 12, 1947; to colonel (permanent) April 2, 1948; to brigadier general (temporary) April 14, 1948; to major general (temporary) July 28, 1951; to brigadier general (permanent) July 21, 1952; to major general (permanent) Dec. 13, 1955; to lieutenant general (temporary) Aug. 31., 1957.

(Up to date as of October 1960)

Engage

Facebook Twitter
RT @DeptofDefense: Defenders, assemble! @usairforce airmen with the 442nd Security Forces Squadron hone their lethality and team-building…
RT @AFResearchLab: Let's celebrate the beginning of Fall and the changing of leaves with this optical microscopy of deformation twins in hi…
RT @624RSG: Are you facing a challenge or dealing with a struggle? People find hope in many different ways, whether it's through family, fa…
RT @AF_Academy: You can’t beat this view. You just can’t. 📸@USAFWingsofBlue https://t.co/JLZcPVp7uP
RT @AirMobilityCmd: #Mobilty #Airmen will move heaven and earth to keep America’s promises to its service members. Check out this story of…
RT @DeptofDefense: Bringing them home. More than 82,000 Americans remain missing from #WWII through the Gulf Wars and other conflicts. The…
RT @USAF_ACC: Today is POW/MIA Day. We will forever remember and honor the lives lost fighting for our country. 🇺🇸 #USAF #POWMIARecognitio
Weren't able to make #ASC19 this year? No problem. We've got the goods. Push ▶️ to hear from first-time attendees a… https://t.co/rEOE1eukwz
Howdy Texans! #AmerciasAirForce is heading to the #lonestarstate on Sept. 27. Hear this #Airman share his love for… https://t.co/BS1ysk4ST3
The return of great power competition requires the U.S. military services to change and adapt quickly. Hear from De… https://t.co/kKiNeHywzp
RT @AirMobilityCmd: The four fans of freedom are blowing strong as a U.S Air Force C-130J Hercules from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansa…
RT @ActingSecAF: Kudos to @AirForceAssoc on #ASC19 👏🏻 What a wonderful professional opportunity for #Airmen & industry to expand our compe…
.@ACC_Commander designates the 16th Air Force as a new information warfare numbered #AirForce at #ASC19. As… https://t.co/LMiMJ3rWNO
RT @AstroHague: Thank you to the Airmen across the globe who make the human exploration of space possible. Wishing the @usairforce a happy…
RT @Hanscom_AFB: “The @usairforce is leading the charge across @DeptofDefense. No one else in #government has as much ... of this software…
RT @PACAF: Commanders from Australia, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Philippines, Thailand and the U.S. met for the 2019 Logistics and Safet…
To all those who helped establish the long blue line past, present and future, we honor you and we remember with th… https://t.co/teymF7proy
#ASC19: "We’re all in this together trying to make your service to country the best experience on the planet. We w… https://t.co/rdbCDBJr2c