Retired Jan. 1, 1968. Died Jan. 27, 1991.
Brigadier General Thomas Parker Corwin is commander of the Air Force Accounting and Finance Center in Denver, Colo. This command is responsible for managing the field activities of the Air Force's worldwide accounting and finance network and accomplishing certain centralized accounting and finance operations. Organized as a separate operating agency, it reports directly to the comptroller of the Air Force through the Directorate of Accounting and Finance at Headquarters, U.S. Air Force.
General Corwin was born in 1914 in Washington, D.C., and graduated from McKinley High School there in 1931. In 1935, he graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration. While in college, he participated in the ROTC program and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve June 1, 1935. In 1938, he entered Georgetown University Law School, graduating with a bachelor of law degree in 1942. General Corwin was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 1941, and in March 1942, he was admitted to the bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is also licensed to practice before the Tax Court of the United States.
General Corwin was called to active duty in the Office of the Chief of Finance, U.S. Army, in Washington in March 1941. In September 1943, he was transferred to the Pacific Theater of Operations to activate Theater Fiscal Offices in Australia, New Caledonia and Hawaii. He then returned to Washington where he served for the remainder of World War II.
During the latter period, he was primarily concerned with the development of various special procedures for handling novel fiscal problems arising toward the end of the war and during demobilization. He contributed materially to the system developed to settle the accounts of U.S. repatriated prisoners of war, and helped draft the legislation covering the integration of temporary officers into the Regular establishment. These activities earned General Corwin the Legion of Merit in 1945.
Reverting to inactive status in 1946, he began practicing law in Washington, concentrating on real estate, corporation, tax and probate law. In October 1950, he was again called to active duty, and served with Director of Finance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, assisting in the organization and activation of the Air Force Accounting and Finance Center in Denver. He served with the director of finance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, until 1954, when he became the assistant to and later the deputy comptroller at Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Wiesbaden, Germany. In 1957 he was reassigned to the Air Proving Ground Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., where he served as comptroller and later as chief of staff.
In 1959 he was assigned as comptroller, Headquarters Air Research and Development Command, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and was appointed assistant vice commander of the Air Force Systems Command April 6, 1961.
In June 1962, he was awarded the first oak leaf cluster to the Legion of Merit Award for his effective management of resources in the Systems Command's nuclear and space programs.
In July 1962, General Corwin was assigned as vice commander of the Air Force Accounting and Finance Center in Denver, Colo. On March 14, 1963, he assumed command of AFAFC, his current assignment.
General. Corwin's decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster and the Commendation Medal.