Retired Aug. 1, 1978. Died July 25, 1992.
Brigadier General Jay Richard Brill is deputy for A-10, Aeronautical Systems Division, Air Force Systems Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for the management of the development and acquisition of the A-10 specialized close air support aircraft for the U.S. Air Force.
General Brill was born in 1925, in Chicago, Ill. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in 1948. He received a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University in 1953, and graduated from the Air War College in 1966. He completed the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School in 1971.
General Brill attended basic pilot training at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, and received his advanced pilot training in jet fighter aircraft at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., in 1950. The following year he served with the Operational Engineering Section of the 19th Air Division, Strategic Air Command, at Carswell Air Force Base, Texas, where he directed the acceleration service tests of the B-36F aircraft.
In September 1951 General Brill entered Purdue University, Ind., under the Air Force Institute of Technology program. Upon graduation in June 1953 he moved to Headquarters Wright Air Development Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and was assigned in the Power Plant Laboratory of the Nuclear Propulsion Division, and later became staff project officer for the Air Force's High Energy Fuel Program.
In 1956 General Brill served as special project officer to the deputy commander for weapon systems at Headquarters Air Research and Development Command, now the Air Force Systems Command at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Three years later he moved to Los Angeles, Calif., and served with the Air Force Ballistic Missile Division under the Deputy Commander for Space Projects.
In 1960 General Brill joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Marshall Space Flight Center for a two-year tour of duty in Los Angeles. While assigned to NASA he was instrumental in developing liquid hydrogen rocket technology and its use in the U.S. space program.
General Brill returned to an Air Force assignment in March 1962 as Propulsion Branch chief and later became chief of Engineering Division of the Gemini Launch Vehicle Directorate at Headquarters Space Systems Division in Los Angeles. During his tenure, the Air Force developed and launched the Gemini launch vehicle for NASA's Gemini Manned Space Flight program.
Following attendance at the Air War College, from which he graduated with distinction in 1966, General Brill was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force. He served as chief of the Policy and Plans Group, Directorate of Space, and was later selected as the military assistant to the assistant secretary of the Air Force for research and development.
Upon completion of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, General Brill returned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in July 1971 as Program Manager of the AGM-86A SCAD (Subsonic Cruise Armed Decoy) Program at Headquarters Aeronautical Systems Division. He served in that capacity until his appointment as assistant deputy chief of staff for systems, at Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, in September 1973.
General Brill assumed duties as Deputy for A-10, Aeronautical Systems Division, AFSC, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in December 1974.
He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and its technical committee for management, the American Defense Preparedness Association and the Order of Daedalians. He also is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, and Gamma Alpha Rho honorary engineering societies.
General Brill holds the aeronautical rating of pilot. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
General Brill received the Air Force Association-sponsored Air Force Systems Command Distinguished Award for Management during the1977 AFA convention in Washington, D.C. He was named for outstanding skill and leadership as deputy for the A-10 Program Office during 1976.
He was promoted to the grade of brigadier general June 1, 1975, with date of rank May 29, 1975.