Retired June 1, 1989.
Brigadier General Clarence H. Lindsey Jr. is director of transportation, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
General Lindsey was born in 1936, in Colorado City, Texas, and graduated from high school in Denton, Texas, in 1954. He received a bachelor's degree from North Texas State College in 1958 and a master's degree from Central Michigan University in 1976. He graduated from Squadron Officer School in 1965, Armed Forces Staff College in 1971 and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1976.
He was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at North Texas State in June 1958, and entered the Air Force in March 1959. His first duty station was Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., where he served as the vehicle maintenance officer. In October 1962 he was assigned to the 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing as vehicle maintenance officer. This tour of duty was divided between England and France when two squadrons of the 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing relocated to Toul-Rosieres.
In December 1964 General Lindsey was assigned to Langley Air Force Base, Va., where he served first as traffic management officer and later became transportation squadron commander. During this tour of duty, he attended Transportation Officer School and Squadron Officer School. From December 1966 to December 1967 General Lindsey served as transportation squadron commander for the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing at Phan Rang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam. In January 1968 he assumed command of the 20th Transportation Squadron, Royal Air Force Station Wethersfield, England.
The general performed duties as the U.S. Air Forces in Europe transportation inspector for the inspector general from July 1969 until January 1971, when he entered the Armed Forces Staff College. After graduating in June 1971, he transferred to Air Force headquarters as a transportation staff officer. General Lindsey entered the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and upon graduation in June 1976, he was assigned as special assistant for mobility, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics, Washington, D.C.
General Lindsey transferred to Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., in August 1978 and served as director of transportation. In April 1982 he was assigned to Headquarters Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., where he served as assistant deputy chief of staff for air transportation until September 1982 and then became the command's deputy chief of staff for air transportation. He assumed his present duties in May 1985.
His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Presidential Unit Citation Emblem, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with "V" device and three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three service stars, Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Short, Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Long with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He also wears the Office of Secretary of Defense Staff Badge.
He was promoted to brigadier general Aug. 1, 1985, with same date of rank.