Military Bios

Brigadier General Robert E. Chapman:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Retired Sep. 1, 1982.  
Brigadier General Robert E. Chapman is vice commander of the Armament Division, Air Force Systems Command, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
General Chapman was born in Russellville, Ark, in 1932. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., in 1954. The general earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1962 and completed an additional 19 hours toward his doctorate degree. He completed the Air Command and Staff College in 1965 and the Air War College in 1972, both located at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The general is a 1978 graduate of the Carnegie-Mellon University program for executives.
He completed pilot training and advanced flying school in January 1956. He then served as an F-86 pilot and flight commander with the 324th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron at Westover Air Force Base, Mass. In July 1958 General Chapman went with the squadron to Morocco as an aircraft maintenance officer.
In November 1958 he was selected as a member of the 316th Air Division's Tactical Evaluation Team at Rabat Sale, Morocco. He returned to the United States in June 1960 and was assigned at the University of Michigan as a student in the Air Force Institute of Technology program and earned his master's degree.
From August 1962 to August 1964, General Chapman was assigned to the Air Proving Ground Center at Eglin Air Force Base. He served as a plans officer for aircraft and missile systems, specializing in electronic warfare and survivability of manned weapon systems. He then entered the Air Command and Staff College.
In 1965 General Chapman was selected as an alternate White House fellow, the only Air Force officer selected for the program, which was beginning its first year.
He was assigned as a member of the U.S. Air Force Inspector General Team, Norton Air Force Base, Calif., in July 1965. He specialized in weapon systems acquisition, and research and development.
The general transferred to the Republic of Vietnam in July 1968 as a plans officer for the Military Assistance Command Vietnam, Saigon. He later served as project officer for Igloo White at Headquarters 7th Air Force, Tan Son Nhut Air Base.
General Chapman moved to Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, in August 1969 as chief of the Fighter-Operations Branch. His responsibilities included the interdiction campaign in Southeast Asia, anti-infiltration programs and staff surveillance of all fighter forces in Southeast Asia and Western Pacific.
After completing the Air War College, as a distinguished graduate, General Chapman completed FB-111 combat crew training and was assigned as deputy commander for operations of the 380th Bombardment Wing at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, N.Y. He then served there as vice wing commander and later wing commander.
In September 1974 General Chapman was named commander of the 42nd Bombardment Wing (B-52s) at Loring Air Force Base, Maine. He returned to Maxwell Air Force Base in December 1975 as commander of the Air Force Leadership and Management Development Center.
The general become director of computer resources, Office of the Comptroller, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., in July 1978, and assumed his present duties in February 1980.
His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal.
He was promoted to brigadier general May 1, 1978, with date of rank April 25, 1978.


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