Retired July 1, 1983.
Brig.. Gen. Robert D. Caudry is director, Secretary of the Air Force Personnel Council, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
General Caudry was born in Sherman, Texas, in 1931, and graduated from Paschall High School in Fort Worth, Texas. He received a bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Alabama and a master of science degree in therapeutic counseling from Troy State University. He has done additional graduate work with Ball State University and the University of Alabama. He attended the Air War College of Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and was a distinguished graduate. He also completed the Armed Forces Staff College of Norfolk, Va., and the Squadron Officer School of Maxwell Air Force Base.
General Caudry received his commission through the aviation cadet program in 1953. He later served as a radar observer with the 354th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Oxnard Air Force Base, Calif., until he entered pilot training at Bainbridge, Ga. He received his pilot wings after completing advanced training at Laredo Air Force Base, Texas. He then served as a flight instructor at Laredo until he was transferred to Craig Air Force Base, Ala., as an instructor with the 3615th Flying Training Squadron. A year later he was assigned to the Standardization-Evaluation Division, 3615th Flying Training Group, and was a member of the group's aerobatic team. He then attended instrument pilot instructor school at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., and later Squadron Officer School.
General Caudry received F-101 training at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., before an assignment with the 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron in Okinawa. In 1961 he flew the first Air Force sortie of the Vietnam War.
From 1963 to 1965, he was on an exchange tour of duty with the U.S. Navy. During this period he was assigned to the aircraft carriers USS Forrestal and USS Roosevelt as an F-8 pilot.
He then flew F-4s at Shaw Air Force Base for 18 months. After attending the Armed Forces Staff College, the general returned to Shaw Air Force Base where he again flew F-4 aircraft.
In 1969 General Caudry was assigned to Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, as operations officer for the 14th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. He transferred in 1970 to Royal Air Force Station Alconbury, England, and became commander of the 30th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron and the 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing deputy operations officer. He attended the Air War College from September 1972 to June 1973.
General Caudry then served as commander of the U.S. Air Force School of Applied Aerospace Sciences at Lowry Air Force Base, Colo. In 1976 he was assigned to Sheppard Air Force Base where he served as commander of the 80th Flying Training Wing and on April 1, 1977 he became vice commander of Sheppard Technical Training Center. He assumed his present position in July 1979.
He is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours that include 160 combat missions. His decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters and Air Force Commendation Medal. He is also authorized to wear the wings of the German Luftwaffe.
General Caudry was promoted to the grade of brigadier general May 1, 1979, with date of rank May 1, 1979.