Retired April 30, 1966.
Brigadier General Royal Hatch is commander of First Air Force Reserve Region, with headquarters at Stewart Air Force Base, N.Y. First Region is responsible for the training and supervision of more than 10,000 active Air Force Reservists in New York, New Jersey, and the six New England states.
Prior to assuming command of the First Region in 1963, General Hatch was deputy chief of staff, personnel, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, for three years.
A native of Wellesley, Mass., General Hatch was educated at Kent School, Kent, Conn., and Dartmouth College, N.H., from which he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the Theta Delta Chi Fraternity and Green Key Society.
Entering the Air Corps as a flying cadet in 1941, General Hatch was active in the B-24 and B-29 programs as instructor, commander and staff officer. World War II ended while he was en route to Okinawa with a B-29 squadron.
Since then he has been recalled to active duty twice, from 1950 to 1953 to serve with the Air Staff at the Pentagon in Air Force Operations, and from 1955 to 1960 with Continental Air Command as staff officer responsible for Air Force training of the Air National Guard. General Hatch was twice commended by the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff for planning duties during those years.
As a civilian, General Hatch was first a news reporter and sports writer for the Associated Press and a Boston newspaper; later a businessman in Birmingham, Ala., where he was vice-president and general manager of National Safety Engineers, secretary of the Birmingham, Ala. Aviation Advisory Board, a member of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, the Alabama State Armory Commission, the National Aeronautic Association, and a member of the Executive Council of the National Guard Association. He holds Alabama's highest award - the state's Distinguished Service Medal.
In addition to commanding the First Air Force Reserve Region, General Hatch is the president of the International Council of Military Sports an organization devoted to international good will through athletic competition among the armed forces of 30 nations.
General Hatch is a command pilot with more than 20 years' flying experience.