Retired June 1, 1993.
Brigadier General Dale E. Stovall is vice commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
General Stovall was born in 1944, in Toppenish, Wash., and graduated from Toppenish High School in 1962. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1962 and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School in 1963. He earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering management from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1967 and a master's degree in business administration from Auburn University in 1976. The general completed Squadron Officer School in 1971, Air Command and Staff College in 1976, National War College in 1980, and the Indiana University Graduate School of Business Executive Program in 1989.
He completed undergraduate pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, in 1968 and was assigned to the 8th Military Airlift Squadron at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., as a C-141 pilot. In 1970 he completed helicopter conversion training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, and was assigned to Detachment 15, 44th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., as an HH-3E pilot. After an in-unit conversion of aircraft to the HH-53 and being upgraded to aircraft commander in 1971, General Stovall attended Squadron Officer School en route to the 40th Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. There, in 1972, he was an HH-53 instructor pilot and made 12 combat rescues of downed airmen in North Vietnam and Laos.
The same year General Stovall was assigned to Headquarters Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., where he first was a command post duty controller and then chief of the Current Operations Missions Branch. During that time, he was attached to the 375th Aeromedical Airlift Wing, also at Scott Air Force Base, as a T-39 instructor pilot.
He completed Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., then took command of Detachment 9, 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing, Zaragoza Air Base, Spain, which was a UH-1N combat rescue unit. He returned from Spain in 1979 to attend National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., and upon graduation, was assigned as an air operations staff officer in the Airlift Force Development Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. There he formulated Air Force rotary-wing force structure and policy.
In 1981 he became the deputy assistant director for special plans, Air Force headquarters, and was responsible for formulating Air Force policy and plans for special operations. In 1983 General Stovall was selected to be a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York City.
From 1984 to 1986 General Stovall was assistant deputy commander for operations and then deputy commander for operations for the 438th Military Airlift Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. In 1986 he was assigned to Hurlburt Field to serve, first, as vice commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing and, from July 1987 to June 1989, as the unit's commander.
In 1989 General Stovall was assigned as deputy director of plans, policy, and doctrine, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. In February 1990 he was reassigned to Hurlburt Field as vice commander of Military Airlift Command's 23rd Air Force. In May 1990 23rd Air Force was redesignated the Air Force Special Operations Command, which is the air arm of the U.S. Special Operations Command. It was at this time that General Stovall assumed his present position.
The general is a command pilot with more than 3,800 hours in the C-141, HH-53, T-39, C-130, UH-1N and HH-3. His military awards and decorations include the Air Force Cross, Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters, and Air Force Commendation Medal. He was the 1973 recipient of the U.S. Air Force Academy Alumni Association Jabara Award for Airmanship.
He was promoted to the rank of brigadier general July 1, 1990, with same date of rank.