Major General Herman "Jerry" Carpenter is mobilization assistant to the commander in chief of North American Aerospace Defense Command and commander of Space Command, Colorado Springs, Colo.

General Carpenter was born May 23, 1931, in Baton Rouge, La., and graduated from Baton Rouge High School. He received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering (aeronautics) from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 1952 and a master of science degree in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 1953. He received the Air Force Association Medal as the most distinguished military graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Louisiana State University, and served as cadet commander of that unit, from September 1951 to May 1952, when he received his commission. He attended the Notional Security Seminar, Son Diego, Calif., in 1969, studied the Air Command and Staff Course in 1973, and was named on outstanding graduate of the Air War College Correspondence Course in 1977. He completed the Notional Defense University's Reserve Components Notional Security Course in May 1981 and the Harvard University's Executive Program in Notional and International Security in August 1 984.

Called to active duty in September 1952, General Carpenter was assigned to the Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate Program at the California Institute of Technology. In June 1953, he was assigned as on aeronautical engineer for aeronautical test facility research and development, Arnold Engineering Development Center, Tullahoma, Tenn., until June 1956, when he was released from active duty.

From 1956 to 1966, General Carpenter had a number of Reserve assignments as aeronautical engineer at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Bose, Calif., performing research on the X-IS and Dynosoor aircraft and the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile system. He was subsequently assigned as on aeronautical engineer in the Space and Missile Systems Organization, Los Angeles Air Force Station, Calif., where he conducted research on satellite recovery and organization management. From 1971 to 1975, General Carpenter served with the Air Force Contract Management Division, Anaheim, Calif., as a staff development engineer, investigating computer problems, cost control methods and value engineering. The general was assigned to Air Force headquarters, from 1975 to 1980, with duty at the Defense Supply Agency, later the Defense Logistics Agency, Anaheim, Santo Ana and Los Angeles, Calif., as a staff development engineer and procurement management staff officer. He performed contract management studies, investigated technical problems in missile manufacturing, and served as mobilization assistant to the commander, Defense Contract Administrative Services Region - Los Angeles.

The general became mobilization assistant to the director of contracting and manufacturing policy, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., in 1 980 and in February 1982 he was assigned as mobilization assistant to the commander, Space Division, Air Force Systems Command, Los Angeles Air Force Station. He assumed his present duties in August 1985.

His military decorations and awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with six oak leaf clusters and Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two hourglass devices.

In his civilian capacity General Carpenter is chairman and president of Carpenter Research Corporation.

The general's civic affiliations include membership in the Air Force Association, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Tau Beta Pi, California Institute of Technology Alumni Association, Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, the Parent-Teacher Association and Stoneridge Homeowner's Association. Additionally, he participates in the American Youth Soccer Organization.

He was promoted to major general May 24, 1984, with same date of rank.

(Current as of September 1985)