Charles J. Adams
|Charles J. Adams|
August 22, 1921|
Sanpete County, Utah
May 28, 2002
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army, United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1942-1973|
|Unit||5th Fighter Squadron, 322d Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron|
|Commands held||44th Strategic Missile Wing, 821st Strategic Aerospace Division|
|Battles/wars||China Burma India Theater of World War II, World War II, Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition, Korean War|
|Awards||Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal|
Adams originally enlisted in the United States Army in 1942. He was commissioned an officer the following year. After receiving his commission, he served as a flying instructor at Walnut Ridge Army Airfield until 1944, when he was transferred to the 5th Fighter Squadron. During his time with the 5th, he served in the China Burma India Theater of World War II.
Following the war, Adams was assigned to Kelly Field before joining the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition. With the expedition, he would help to chart the Antarctic coastline. He would also transfer to the Air Force after its inception.
During the Korean War, Adams was assigned to the 322d Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron piloting a North American B-45 Tornado. He returned with the squadron to the United States as a Boeing B-47 Stratojet commander and was later named Deputy Director of Operations of the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing.
In 1955, he was assigned to Strategic Air Command, and in 1958, entered the field of missiles and would help to establish Vandenberg Air Force Base. At Vandenberg, Adams would train crews in the SM-65 Atlas.
From 1962 to 1967, Adams was assigned to The Pentagon, including serving for a time as Chief, Strategic Division, Directorate of Studies and Analysis in the Officer of the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Air Force. He later assumed command of the 44th Strategic Missile Wing and the 821st Strategic Aerospace Division before returning to The Pentagon in 1971, at which time he was named Deputy Director for Strategic Forces in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff.
His retirement was effective as of February 1, 1973.
Awards he received include the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Distinguished Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.
- "Brigadier General Charles J. Adams". United States Air Force. Retrieved 2011-05-29.