Retired July 1, 1975.
Brigadier General Lyle W. Cameron is deputy for advanced airborne command post, Electronic Systems Division, Air Force Systems Command, L.G. Hanscom Field, Mass.
General Cameron was born in Lincoln, Neb., in 1929, where he graduated from Northeast High School in 1946. He attended the University of Nebraska and graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics in 1950. He received a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Michigan, 1957; and graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1964, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, 1968. He also completed the advanced management program at Harvard University in 1970.
In December 1950 he entered the U.S. Air Force and served at Lackland and Sheppard Air Force bases, Texas, and Griffiss Air Force Base, N.Y., as an enlisted man. In 1951 he entered the aviation cadet program and, as a distinguished graduate, received his pilot wings and regular commission as a second lieutenant, in March 1952. He completed combat crew training at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., in July 1952.
General Cameron then was transferred to Korea where he flew fighter bomber missions in F-84 aircraft with the 9th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 49th Fighter Bomber Group. In October 1952 he was shot down, captured and held prisoner in Mukden, China, until his release in June 1955.
During the next two years he attended the University of Michigan through the Air Force Institute of Technology program. He was sent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in September 1957 where for the next six years he served as project engineer of various fighter aircraft flight simulators. During this tour of duty, he helped the Royal Swedish air force develop and acquire the J-35 Draaken flight simulator, which was the first simulator introduced into that air force. General Cameron also helped pioneer the changeover within industry from analog to digital computer techniques for flight simulation.
General Cameron completed the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in June 1964. He then was transferred to Headquarters U.S. Air Force where he served in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Research and Development, in a research and development planning and programming capacity. In July 1966 he was assigned to the staff of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Systems Analysis) where he was the author of the first draft Presidential memorandum on support forces and had a key role in airlift and sealift force analyses for the secretary of defense. From August 1967 to June 1968, he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and then returned to the Systems Analysis staff.
In May 1970 General Cameron completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. He then went to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, as director of Systems Engineering in the Aeronautical Systems Division, and in September 1971 became director of the Prototype Program Office.
General Cameron was named deputy for advanced airborne command post, Electronic Systems Division, Air Force Systems Command, L.G. Hanscom Field, Mass., in June 1973.
His military decorations and awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal. He is a command pilot.
He was promoted to the grade of brigadier general effective Aug. 1, 1973, with date of rank July 23, 1973.