Kenneth L. Tallman

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Kenneth L. Tallman
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Born March 22, 1925
Omaha, Nebraska
Died March 6, 2006(2006-03-06) (aged 80)
Tallahassee, Florida
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force
Years of service 1946-1981
Rank Lieutenant General US-O9 insignia.svg
Commands held Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (2)
Soldier's Medal
Air Medal
Other work President, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Kenneth L. Tallman (March 22, 1925 – March 6, 2006) was a United States Air Force lieutenant general. He was the eighth Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy.

Biography[edit]

Tallman was born in 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from Cheyenne High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1942, and enrolled at Wyoming where he was a member of the NCAA basketball championship team in 1943.

Military service[edit]

He enrolled in the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, graduating in 1946. He received a master's degree in international affairs from The George Washington University in 1967 and an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Wyoming in 1978.

Tallman earned his pilot wings in the United States Army Air Forces at Stewart Field, New York in 1946, and then served in a succession of fighter unit assignments, including aircraft carrier duty with the Navy.

In 1956, Tallman (USAF) became a training officer at the U.S. Air Force Academy, eventually assuming the duties of cadet group air officer commanding. AOCs assist and advise cadet commanders in the operation of their units.

Kenneth L. Tallman, left, receives the Zuckert Award from former Secretary of the Air Force Eugene M. Zuckert

Three years later he was transferred to Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe as an operations staff officer. Returning from Europe in 1962, he entered the Marine Corps Senior Staff School, Quantico, Virginia, completing it a year later. He then had a series of operational duties in the United States until 1965 when he become executive assistant to the commander, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, in Saigon.

He completed the National War College in 1967 and was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force as assistant for colonel assignments under the Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel. In 1970 he become commander, 836th Air Division, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

The next year he was named deputy commander, Air Force Military Personnel Center, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, and in 1972 assumed command of the center. In June 1973, he moved to Headquarters U.S. Air Force to serve as director of personnel plans, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel. He became deputy chief of staff, personnel, Headquarters U.S. Air Force in August 1975.

General Tallman became the eighth U.S. Air Force Academy Superintendent on June 27, 1977.

His military decorations include the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal, Soldier's Medal, and Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

Tallman was promoted to lieutenant general September 1, 1975, with date of rank August 27, 1975. He retired July 1, 1981, later serving as President of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for five years.[2] He died March 6, 2006 of complications of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.[1]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "http://www.af.mil/bios/bio.asp?bioID=7330".

Preceded by
James R. Allen
Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy
1981—1983
Succeeded by
Robert E. Kelley