General Fickel was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 31, 1883. He enlisted in the Regular Army in 1904 and served as a private, corporal, sergeant, and first sergeant of Company K, 27th Infantry, until February 1907, when he was commissioned a second lieutenant of Infantry.

During his three years of enlisted service, General Fickel was stationed at Columbus Barracks, Ohio; Fort Sheridan, Ill.; and Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Shortly after receiving his commission, he joined the 29th Infantry at Fort Douglas, Utah, and in August 1907 sailed with that regiment for the Philippine Islands. He served at Fort William McKinley in the Philippines until the summer of 1909 when he returned to the United States for station at Fort Jay, N.Y., with the 29th Infantry until January 1912, and at Fort Niagara, N.Y., until November 1913.

General Fickel then sailed for a second tour of duty in the Philippine Islands with the 13th Infantry, serving at Fort William McKinley and Camp McGrath until March 1917. Returning to the United States, he was assigned to duty as an instructor at the Officers Training Camp at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., where he remained until November 1917 when he was ordered to Washington, D.C., for duty with the Headquarters of the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps. He served in that capacity until May 1918 when he was ordered to Rockwell Field, Calif., as a student officer at the flying school. Upon completion of his course in November 1918, he assumed command of Carruthers Field, Texas, where he remained until January 1919.

General Fickel was then ordered back to Washington, D.C., where he served in the Office of the Chief of Air Service until March 1921. His next duty was with the U.S. Spruce Production Corporation at Portland, Ore., where he served until the summer of 1922, returning to Washington for a two-year tour of duty as Chief of the Supply Division of the Air Service. In June 1925, he graduated from the Air Corps Technical School at Langley Field, Va., and in June 1926 from the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

He next served as Executive of the Materiel Division at McCook Field, Ohio, until April 1927, after which he attended the Air Corps Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, Texas, for three months. He then returned to McCook Field where he reassumed the duties of Executive Officer, Materiel Division, for a period of three years.

He then attended the Army War College, Washington, D.C., from which he graduated in June 1931. His next assignment was duty as Chief of the Buildings and Grounds Division in the Office of the Chief of Air Corps, Washington, D.C., in which capacity he served until January 1935.

From February 1935 to June 1936, General Fickel was Commandant of the Air Corps Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, Texas. He was then ordered to duty as Air Officer of the Ninth Corps Area, with Headquarters at the Presidio of San Francisco, Calif., in which capacity he served until March 1939. He was then assigned to command the 1st Wing of the General Headquarters Air Force at March Field, Calif., with the temporary rank of brigadier general.

In February 1940, he was appointed Assistant Chief of Air Corps in Washington, D.C., and was later assigned to Riverside, Calif., on Oct. 12, 1940, as Air District Commander, transferring as Commanding General of District No. 3 Technical Training Command, Okla., on March 5, 1942.

First lieutenant, 1911; captain, 1916; major (temporary), 1917; lieutenant colonel (temporary), 1918. He reverted to his permanent Regular Army rank of captain on April 15, 1920; major, July 1, 1920; lieutenant colonel, 1930; colonel, 1935; brigadier general (temporary), March 1939; major general (temporary), Oct. 1, 1940.

(Current as of March 7, 1942)