Retired Aug. 1, 1983.
Brigadier General Donald A. Vogt is the military assistant to the deputy undersecretary of defense, strategic and space systems, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
General Vogt was born in 1930, in Chicago where he graduated from South Shore High School in 1948. He attended Purdue University for one year before entering the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., from which he graduated in 1953. He attended the Air Force Institute of Technology, graduating in 1960 in the first graduate astronautics class with a master's degree in astronautics. He completed Squadron Officer School in 1964 and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1974.
He received his commission in the U.S. Air Force after graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy. General Vogt attended pilot training at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, and received his wings upon graduation from basic training at Webb Air Force Base, Texas, in 1954. After training in the F-94 at the All-Weather Interceptor Pilot School at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., he was assigned as a pilot to the 29th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron at Great Falls Air Force Base, Mont., from January to April 1954. He served as a pilot in F-89C and F-89D interceptors with the 57th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron at Keflavik Airport, Iceland from June 1954 until June 1955. He then was assigned as pilot and assistant operations officer to the 46th and later the 98th Fighter-Interceptor Squadrons at Dover Air Force Base, Del., from June 1956 until June 1958.
General Vogt next was assigned to the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. After graduation he was assigned to the Site Activation Task Force at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., as an electrical engineer from September 1960 until September 1963. He worked first, on the Titan I site installation and later as the project officer at Wall, S.D., for the installation of the first Minuteman squadron in South Dakota. General Vogt transferred to Arnold Engineering Development Center at Tullahoma, Tenn., where he served until October 1966 as an astronautical engineer. His duties included managing research projects on large space simulation chamber design features and acting as project officer on design and installation of a large pilot magnetohydrodynamic accelerator.
General Vogt served in the Republic of Vietnam from October 1966 until October 1967 as a C-47 reconnaissance aircraft pilot, first in the 360th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at Tan Son Nhut Air Base and then in the 362nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at Pleiku Air Base.
Upon returning from Southeast Asia, he was assigned to Headquarters North American Air Defense Command, Cheyenne Mountain, Colo., as assistant operations officer and later as an operations officer in the Space Defense Center. He served there from October 1967 until October 1971. His next assignment was as operations officer and later as commander of the 2nd Communications Squadron at Buckley Air National Guard Base, Colo.
General Vogt left Buckley in March 1973 to assume command of the 13th Missile Warning Wing at Clear Missile Early Warning Station, Alaska. In March 1974 he was assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs) with duty in the Department of State, Washington, D.C., as officer in charge of outer space affairs. His responsibilities were mainly concerned with international aspects of the civilian space program.
In May 1976 General Vogt was assigned as deputy chief of staff, operations in the 14th Aerospace Force and served until its deactivation in September 1976. He then was assigned to Headquarters Aerospace Defense Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., where he served as director of systems control and configuration, until becoming the assistant deputy chief of staff for space operations in July 1978. He assumed his current position in May 1979.
General Vogt is a command pilot with 3,666 flying hours including 47 combat missions in the Vietnam War. He wears the missileman badge. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster and Army Commendation Medal.
He was promoted to the grade of brigadier general on July 1, 1979, with same date of rank.