Retired July 1, 1988.
Brigadier General Charles P. "Pete" Winters is deputy chief of staff for test and resources, Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base, Md. The newly formed Test and Resources Deputate incorporates the former Test and Evaluation, Logistics, Manpower, Engineering and Services deputates.
General Winters was born in 1937, in Rochester, Minn., and graduated from Pillsbury Military Academy in Owatonna, Minn., in 1955. He graduated in the first class of the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1959 with a bachelor's degree in air science and earned a master of science degree in aeronautical and mechanical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1968. He completed the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School in 1970 and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1976.
Upon graduation from the academy he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and assigned for pilot training at Laredo Air Force Base, Texas, where he earned his pilot wings in July 1960. General Winters completed F-100 tactical fighter training at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and then was assigned to the 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Pacific Air Forces, Misawa Air Base, Japan, with duty in both Japan and Korea. In July 1963 he transferred to the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, S.C. He then was assigned to the 352nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, and the Wing Standardization and Evaluation Office, with operational NATO duties at both Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, and Aviano Air Base, Italy.
General Winters entered the Air Force Institute of Technology master's degree program in June 1966 and graduated in March 1968. After a short period of retraining in the F-100, he returned to the 352nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, then at Phan Rang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam. From July 1968 until June 1969 he flew 298 combat missions and 478 combat hours in F-100s.
In July 1970 General Winters was awarded the Liethen-Tittle Trophy upon completion of test pilot training at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. He remained at Edwards as a test pilot until August 1975. During this period he was active in many programs, including the F-111, AX, remotely piloted vehicles and the F-15.
Upon graduation from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in June 1976, General Winters was assigned as chief of procedures and training for command and control, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany. In July 1977 he assumed command of the 23rd Tactical Fighter Squadron "Fighting Hawks" at Spangdahlem Air Base, West Germany. Flying F-4D's, the 23rd was the only long-range navigation, Pave Spike and Maverick squadron in Europe. General Winters returned to the Air Force Flight Test Center, in July 1979 as vice commander of Detachment 3 and in May 1981 became commander.
In July 1983 he was assigned as inspector general, Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base. From September 1985 to December 1985 he served as deputy commander for airborne warning and control systems, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., then became deputy commander for tactical systems, joint tactical information distributions systems, and airborne warning and control systems, Electronics Systems Division, also at Hanscom. He assumed his present duties in October 1987.
General Winters is a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours in 37 types of aircraft. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with 14 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, Combat Readiness Medal, and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.
He was promoted to brigadier general April 1, 1985, with date of rank Oct. 1, 1984.