Robert D. Beckel


 

Preferred Name: Bob

Nickname/Call Sign:

Date of Birth: January 2, 1937

Highest Military Grade Held: Lieutenant General, (O9)

Hometown: Walla Walla, WA

Biography

Units Assigned

  • 7/11/1955 Graduated 1st class of the USAF Academy
  • 6/3/1959  Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant
  • 6/1960 Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, OK
  • 7/1961Jet fighter training, Luke AFB, AZ/ Nellis AFB, NV
  • 7/1961-8/1965 9th Tactical Fighter Squadron/49th Tactical Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem AB, West Germany (F-100, F-105)
  • 8/1965-12/1965 560th Tactical Fighter Squadron, McConnell AFB, KS
  • 12/1965-12/1967 U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Aerial Demonstration Team
  • 12/1967-12/1968 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron/35th Tactical Fighter Wing, Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam (F-100)
  • 1/1969-12/1969 4525th Fighter Weapons Wing, Nellis AFB, NV (F-100 IP)
  • 12/1969-8/1970 66th Fighter Weapons Squadron, F-105 project test officer, Nellis AFB, NV (F-105)
  • 8/1970-6/1971 Naval War College at Newport, RI
  • 6/1971-6/1972 Liaison officer with the House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • 6/1972-8/1974 Chief aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, Washington, DC
  • 8/1974-7/1975 National War College
  • 7/1975-10/1976 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Vice commander, Beale AFB, CA
  • 100th Combat Support Group/100th Air Refueling Wing, Commander, Beale AFB, CA
  • 8/1978-6/1979 410th Bomb Wing, Commander, K. I. Sawyer AFB, MI
  • 6/1979-2/1981 7th Air Division, Commander, Ramstein AB, West Germany
  • 2/1981-6/1982 Commandant of cadets, U.S. Air Force
  • 6/1982-9/1984 USAFHQ, Pentagon, Washington, DC
  • 9/1984-7/1987 Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, NE
  • 7/1987-2/1990 NATO Military Committee Headquarters, Deputy chairman, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2/1990-6/1992 15th Air Force, Commander, March AFB, CA
  • 6/1/1992 Retired from USAF

Awards & Decorations

 Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
 Silver Star
 Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Distinguished Flying Cross (1-with Valor Device and 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Distinguished Flying Cross (2)
 Bronze Star
 Meritorious Service Medal
 Defense Superior Service Medal
 Outstanding Unit Award (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 AF Organizational Excellence Award
 Combat Readiness Medal
 National Defense Service Award (with Bronze Star)
 Vietnam Service Medal (with 4 Bronze Stars)
 AF Overseas Short Tour Medal
 AF Overseas Long Tour (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
AF Longevity Service Award (with 1 Silver/2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Small Arms Marksmanship Award
 AF Training Ribbon
 Republic of Vietnam Air Service Medal
 Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
 Vietnam Campaign Medal

Flight Info

F-100
F-105

Military Education

1955 USAF Academy
1971 Naval War College
1975 National War College

Civilian Education

Biography

Biography

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 7/11/1955 Graduated 1st class of the USAF Academy
  • 6/3/1959  Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant
  • 6/1960 Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, OK
  • 7/1961Jet fighter training, Luke AFB, AZ/ Nellis AFB, NV
  • 7/1961-8/1965 9th Tactical Fighter Squadron/49th Tactical Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem AB, West Germany (F-100, F-105)
  • 8/1965-12/1965 560th Tactical Fighter Squadron, McConnell AFB, KS
  • 12/1965-12/1967 U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Aerial Demonstration Team
  • 12/1967-12/1968 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron/35th Tactical Fighter Wing, Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam (F-100)
  • 1/1969-12/1969 4525th Fighter Weapons Wing, Nellis AFB, NV (F-100 IP)
  • 12/1969-8/1970 66th Fighter Weapons Squadron, F-105 project test officer, Nellis AFB, NV (F-105)
  • 8/1970-6/1971 Naval War College at Newport, RI
  • 6/1971-6/1972 Liaison officer with the House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • 6/1972-8/1974 Chief aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, Washington, DC
  • 8/1974-7/1975 National War College
  • 7/1975-10/1976 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Vice commander, Beale AFB, CA
  • 100th Combat Support Group/100th Air Refueling Wing, Commander, Beale AFB, CA
  • 8/1978-6/1979 410th Bomb Wing, Commander, K. I. Sawyer AFB, MI
  • 6/1979-2/1981 7th Air Division, Commander, Ramstein AB, West Germany
  • 2/1981-6/1982 Commandant of cadets, U.S. Air Force
  • 6/1982-9/1984 USAFHQ, Pentagon, Washington, DC
  • 9/1984-7/1987 Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, NE
  • 7/1987-2/1990 NATO Military Committee Headquarters, Deputy chairman, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2/1990-6/1992 15th Air Force, Commander, March AFB, CA
  • 6/1/1992 Retired from USAF

Awards & Decorations

 Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
 Silver Star
 Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
 Distinguished Flying Cross (1-with Valor Device and 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Distinguished Flying Cross (2)
 Bronze Star
 Meritorious Service Medal
 Defense Superior Service Medal
 Outstanding Unit Award (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
 AF Organizational Excellence Award
 Combat Readiness Medal
 National Defense Service Award (with Bronze Star)
 Vietnam Service Medal (with 4 Bronze Stars)
 AF Overseas Short Tour Medal
 AF Overseas Long Tour (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
AF Longevity Service Award (with 1 Silver/2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
 Small Arms Marksmanship Award
 AF Training Ribbon
 Republic of Vietnam Air Service Medal
 Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
 Vietnam Campaign Medal

Flight Info

F-100
F-105

Military Education

1955 USAF Academy
1971 Naval War College
1975 National War College

Civilian Education

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