Retired Aug. 1, 1966. Died April 9, 1982.
William Garnett Lee Jr., was assigned deputy chief, Air Force Technical Application Center, Sept. 10, 1962. Assignments in recent years: director, military personnel (manpower) Office of the Secretary of Defense; deputy J-2, Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff; vice commander, 13th Air Force; chief of staff, U.S. Taiwan Defense Command; commander, Air Force Intelligence Center; and deputy assistant chief of staff/intelligence, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
He has experience in plans, operations and intelligence; in joint relationships; in interdepartmental, embassy, and diplomatic matters. In working with military forces of friendly nations throughout the world, General Lee has profited by a variety of assignments in Europe and the Far East, having been stationed in Portugal and Germany, and in the Philippines and Taiwan. Duty in Europe involved experience from Norway to North Africa, and from the United Kingdom to Saudi Arabia. In the Far East, duty involved Japan and Korea through Okinawa, Taiwan, and the Philippines to Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia.
General Lee's assignments have afforded working participation in and appreciation of NATO and Southeast Asia Treaty Organization, the difficulties of force build-up and infrastructure development, military solution to the problems of Southeast Asia, and what to do about China. Intervening assignments as chief, Strategic Studies, War Plans, and as director of targets, both in Headquarters U.S. Air Force, have afforded opportunity to apply lessons of experience in the formulation and development of strategic concept and related planning.
Born in Richmond, Va., in 1914, General Lee grew up in Washington, D.C., and graduated from West Point in 1936.
After flying training and duty in the General Headquarters Air Force, General Lee joined the Eighth Air Force in August 1942, and remained in Europe until July 1945 when he was assigned to the War Department General Staff, with duty in Strategic Policy.
Attendance at the Armed Forces Staff College in 1947 was followed by responsibility for the initial legislative program for the new Department of the Air Force in 1948. Brief experience in personnel planning preceded assignment as Chief Defense Group, State-Defense Survey M&P Mission to Portugal, and subsequent duty in 1951 as chief, Air Force Section, MAAG-Portugal.
In 1952 he moved to Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe as deputy A-3, and in 1953 returned to Washington for duty in Strategic Studies.
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster: 8AF & 13AF Bronze Star Medal: USSTAF Commendation Ribbon: 8AF Composite Command Order of the British Empire: SHAEF Croix de Guerre with Palm (France): USSTAF Order of Cloud and Banner: U.S. Taiwan Defense Command
General Lee is interested in public affairs - international, national, state and community. He is a member of the Official Board, Trinity Methodist Church, Alexandria, Va., and is active in civic affairs. He is a member of the Army Navy Country Club and the Army Navy Club, Washington, D.C.