Retired Aug. 1, 1983.
Brigadier General Stanford E. Brown is commander, Field Command, Defense Nuclear Agency, Kirtland Air Force Base N.M.
General Brown was born in Champaign, Ill., in 1928. He attended the University of Illinois, Urbana, later receiving his bachelor of science degree from the University Nebraska, Omaha. He is also a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
In November 1950 General Brown enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and attained the rank of staff sergeant. He received a direct commission as a second lieutenant in December 1953, and earned his pilot wings in December 1954. After completing the aircraft maintenance officer's course at Chanute Air Force Base, Ill., in 1956, he completed fighter-interceptor training at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and reconnaissance pilot training at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. In December 1957 he was assigned to Yokota Air Base, Japan, as a fighter-reconnaissance pilot.
General Brown returned to the United States in April 1959 and was assigned to the 305th Bombardment Wing, Bunker Hill Air Force Base, Ind., where he served as field maintenance supervisor. In June 1961 he was assigned to Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., as a B-58 aircraft maintenance staff officer in the Directorate of Materiel. After this tour of duty he attended the Air Command and Staff College.
Following graduation in July 1965, General Brown was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for the aircraft maintenance training program within the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel. During this assignment General Brown was selected as aide-de-camp and pilot for Major General Barry Goldwater, U.S. Air Force Reserve, during his terminal active tour of duty. This was followed by an assignment in January 1968 to Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, where he served as a pilot, flight commander and later, chief of the Jet Section, 6250th Support Squadron. During this assignment General Brown flew more than 800 combat hours.
Upon completion of his Southeast Asia tour of duty, General Brown was assigned to Wiesbaden Air Base, Germany, as a T-39 flight examiner and chief of training. He transferred to Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe as special assistant to the commander in chief in June 1971. Returning to the United States in February 1972, he was assigned as a plans staff officer for North Atlantic Treaty Organization matters, Directorate of Plans, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
In July 1973 General Brown was assigned to the 22nd Bombardment Wing, March Air Force Base, Calif., as assistant deputy commander for maintenance. He became base commander in March 1974, vice commander of the wing in February 1975 and commander of the wing in August 1975.
General Brown returned to Air Force headquarters in February 1977 to serve as chief of the Strategic Forces Command, Control and Communications Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Programs and Resources. In July 1978 he become deputy director of resources, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Programs and Analysis. General Brown was then named assistant deputy chief of staff for plans, Office of Plans and Policy, at SAC headquarters. He assumed his present duties in July 1981.
The general is a command pilot with more than 6,000 flying hours. He has qualified in and flown 15 first line Air Force aircraft. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with service star, Vietnam Service Medal with four service stars and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He was promoted to brigadier general July 1, 1979, with date of rank June 27, 1979.