Retired June 1, 1988.
Brigadier General Charles A. Vickery is vice commander of the Military Traffic Management Command, Falls Church, Va. The command is a jointly staffed major Army command serving as the Department of Defense single-manager operating agency for military traffic, land transportation and common-user ocean terminal service. The mission is to meet military transportation needs in peace and war, thus assuring strategic mobility.
General Vickery was born in 1935, in Opp, Ala., and graduated from Andalusia (Ala.) High School in 1954. The general is a 1959 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., and received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1967. He is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College, and the Air War College, both at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
The general completed pilot training at Craig Air Force Base, Ala., in 1960, and then was assigned to the 314th Tactical Airlift Wing at Sewart Air Force Base, Tenn., where he flew C-130s. During 1967 and 1968 he served with the 345th Tactical Airlift Squadron on Taiwan. Upon his return to the United States, he was assigned as chief, Plans and Exercise Branch, 1st Aerial Port Group, Langley Air Force Base, Va. In 1972 he served as air operations officer, Directorate of General Purpose and Airlift Studies, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Studies and Analyses, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
After his tour of duty at the Pentagon, General Vickery transferred to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, where he was a C-130 squadron operations officer unti1 1977. This was followed with an overseas tour of duty as commander of the 345th Tactical Airlift Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan, and later as assistant deputy commander of operations for the 374th Tactical Airlift Wing.
When General Vickery graduated from the Air War College in 1979, he became director of Plans and Resources, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Air Transportation at Headquarters Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. In May 1981 the general was named vice commander of the 63rd Military Airlift Wing at Norton Air Force Base, Calif., and took command of the wing in February 1982. He returned to Military Airlift Command headquarters in June 1984 and served as assistant deputy chief of staff for operations. In June 1985 the general was assigned as deputy director for operations, National Military Command Center, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C. He assumed his present duties in July 1986.
A command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours, General Vickery's military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He was promoted to brigadier general Feb. 1, 1985, with date of rank Oct. 1, 1984.