Retired Dec. 1, 1983.
Brigadier General Allen K. Rachel is deputy director for the National Strategic Target List, Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
General Rachel was born in 1933, in Millerton, Okla. He lived in Oklahoma throughout his formative years, graduating from Gray High School, Idabel, Okla., in 1951. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, in 1959 and a master's degree in business administration through the Minuteman education program from Ohio State University in 1966. He received a doctorate in management from Ohio State University in 1972. General Rachel completed Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.; Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; and Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
After two years of undergraduate work, General Rachel entered the Air Force in July 1953 as an aviation cadet. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in September 1954 and received his navigator wings in November 1954. From that time until April 1963, he served as an academic, technical, flying and military instructor in the Air Training Command. During that period he became a distinguished graduate from Squadron Officer School.
Beginning in April 1963 General Rachel attended Minuteman combat crew training at Chanute Air Force Base, Ill., and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. He then joined the 44th Strategic Missile Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., as a missile combat crew commander. In November 1963 he was assigned as a missile instructor and in April 1966 he became chief, Missile Procedures Training Branch. He completed his master's degree while a member of the 44th Strategic Missile Wing.
Following graduation in June 1968, General Rachel was named a distinguished graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College. From August 1968 to August 1969, he was a forward air controller at Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, where he flew 720 hours on 156 combat missions. While in Southeast Asia he completed the Industrial College of the Armed Forces by correspondence. Upon returning to the United States, he attended Ohio State University and completed his doctorate in March 1972.
From April 1972 through June 1975, he was assigned to the Air Force Inspection and Safety Center, Norton Air Force Base, Calif., where he served as senior space systems project officer, policy and programs officer and special assistant to the director of aerospace Safety.
In June 1975 General Rachel was assigned as assistant deputy commander for maintenance, 90th Strategic Missile Wing, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. He became deputy commander for maintenance in May 1976 and assumed duties as vice commander of the wing in May 1977, a position he held until March 1978 when he became commander of the 341st Strategic Missile Wing, Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.
General Rachel transferred to Headquarters Strategic Air Command at Offutt Air Force Base in June 1979, first as assistant deputy chief of staff for operations plans and in April 1980 was named assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence. In October 1981 General Rachel became deputy director of the Defense Mapping Agency, Washington, D.C. He assumed his present duties in October 1982.
The general is a master missileman and a master navigator with more than 4,200 flying hours. His military decorations and awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He was promoted to brigadier general Sept. 8, 1980, with date of rank Aug. 29, 1980.