Charles R. Hamm
|Charles R. Hamm|
Lieutenant General Charles R. Hamm (then Major General)
December 23, 1933 |
Little Rock, Arkansas
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1956-1991|
|Commands held||Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy|
|Awards||Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Education and training
General Hamm was born in 1933, in Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Kemper Military School, Boonville, Missouri, in 1951. He earned a bachelor's degree from the United States Military Academy in 1956 and a master's degree in political science from Auburn University in 1969. The general completed Air Command and Staff College in 1969, and the National War College in 1972.
After completing pilot training at Malden Air Base, Missouri, and Laredo Air Force Base, Texas, in August 1957, General Hamm attended F-86 gunnery school at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona. In February 1958 he transferred to Nellis Air Force Base, for gunnery training in F-100s. He served tours at Toul-Rosieres Air Base, France, and Hahn Air Base, West Germany, where he flew F-100s. He later served with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell as a forward air controller.
From 1964 to 1966, General Hamm was a member of the Air Force air demonstration squadron, the Thunderbirds, at Nellis Air Force Base. He served several tours of duty during the Vietnam War, and as a flight commander in the 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bien Hoa Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, he flew 103 combat missions.
His command assignments have included commander, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing (Wolf Pack), Kunsan Air Base, South Korea and commander, 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He served staff tours at Tactical Air Command, Headquarters, United States Air Force, and served as defense attache to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics from 1981 to 1983. He assumed the position of Superintendent at the Academy in June 1987. The general retired on July 1, 1991.
Awards and decorations
His military awards and decorations include the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal and Combat Readiness Medal. The general is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours.
- Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
- Defense Superior Service Medal
- Legion of Merit
- Distinguished Flying Cross
- Bronze Star
- Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
- Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
- Air Force Commendation Medal
- Combat Readiness Medal
- Marquis Who's Who on the Web
- "Arkansas Aviation Historical Society Collection". Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.
Winfield W. Scott Jr.
|Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy
Bradley C. Hosmer