Retired Aug. 1, 1988.
Brigadier General Samuel J. Greene is deputy chief of staff for communications-computer systems, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and commander, European Communications Division. He is responsible for fixed and mobile telecommunications, air traffic control, and automated data processing systems throughout Europe and the Middle East for U.S. Air Force, U.S. government, and other North Atlantic Treaty Organization and civilian agencies.
General Greene was born in 1935, in New York City, and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in 1953. He received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College, New York City, in 1958 and a master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California in 1966. The general completed Squadron Officer School in 1962 and the National War College in 1974.
He received his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program and entered the Air Force in August 1958. In October 1958 General Greene was assigned to the 46th Communications Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. After graduating from Squadron Officer School in January 1962, the general transferred to Ramstein Air Base, West Germany. During this tour of duty he was assigned to four organizations, filling communications-electronics positions in both operations and maintenance at squadron and numbered air force level. He returned to the United States in August 1966 and was assigned to Eastern Communications Region at Westover Air Force Base, Mass. In April 1968 he was assigned to the 2049th Communications Group at McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.
From June 1969 to May 1970 he served as commander of the 2167th Communications Squadron at Royal Air Force Station Chicksands, England, and in May 1970 he become commander of the 2130th Communications Squadron at Royal Air Force Station Croughton, England. In May 1972 General Greene transferred with the Air Force Advisory Group to Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, as the senior adviser to the Vietnamese air force deputy chief of staff for communications and electronics.
He returned to the United States in March 1973 and for four months was an Air Staff action officer. After completing the National War College in June 1974, the general was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., where he served first as chief of the Networks Management Branch, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs and Resources, Directorate of Command, Control and Communications; then as division chief of communications-electronics operations, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Communications and Computer Resources; and, later, as chief of the Telecommunications Division in the Directorate of Command and Control, and Telecommunications, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations. From August 1975 to August 1978 he also was a member of the program review committee and planner for command, control and communications papers in the joint arena.
He then became vice commander, Headquarters Pacific Communications Division, and assistant deputy chief of staff, communications and electronics, for Pacific Air Forces at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. He assumed command of the division in June 1979 and also served as deputy chief of staff for communications and electronics to the commander of Pacific Air Forces.
General Greene was assigned as vice director of the Joint Tactical Communications Office (TRI-TAC), Office of the Secretary of Defense, at Fort Monmouth, N.J., in July 1981. In February 1983 the general became the director of the Command and Control, Communications and Computer Systems Directorate, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. He assumed his present duties in June 1985.
His military decorations and awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters and two Vietnamese awards.
He was promoted to brigadier general Aug. 1, 1983, with some date of rank.