Retired Aug. 1, 1982.
Brigadier General C. Claude Teagarden is the staff judge advocate, Strategic Air Command, with headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
General Teagarden was born in 1934, in Galesburg, Ill. After graduating from Galesburg Senior High School in 1952, he attended the University of Illinois where he graduated in 1956 with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics and commissioned a second lieutenant through the Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps program. He was awarded a juris doctor degree in 1958 from the University of Illinois and a master of business administration degree in 1963 from Rollins College, Winter Park, Fla. He was a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., in 1966 and the National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C., in 1973 as the first Air Force judge advocate graduate.
His first assignment was to Sidi Slimane Air Base, Morocco, in January 1959 as assistant staff judge advocate, 3906th Combat Support Group. In February 1961 he was assigned to McCoy Air Force Base, Fla., where he served as assistant and then staff judge advocate, 321st Combat Support Group (redesignated the 4047th Combat Support Group and later the 306th Combat Support Group) until August 1965. He then attended Air Command and Staff College.
The general was assigned to the Panama Canal Zone in June 1966 where he served for one year as staff judge advocate for the 5700th Air Base Wing at Albrook Air Force Base, and then for two years as director, Civil and International Law Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces Southern Command, also at Albrook.
In July 1969 General Teagarden was assigned to the Office of the Judge Advocate General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., as chief, Personnel Litigation Branch, Litigation Division, Directorate of Civil Law. He defended civil law suits brought against the Air Force and its officials in federal courts throughout the United States.
He entered the National War College in August 1972 and in June 1973 General Teagarden was selected to be the executive to the judge advocate general of the Air Force. In June 1977 he became staff judge advocate at Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He assumed his present duties in August 1980.
His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and Albert M. Kuhfeld Award for 1967. He is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Court of Claims, U.S. Court of Military Appeals and State of Illinois Supreme Court.
He was promoted to brigadier general July 1, 1980, with date of rank June 22, 1980.
General Teagarden is a resident of Port Charlotte, Fla.