Retired Dec. 31, 1989.
General Alfred G. Hansen is commander of Air Force Logistics Command, with headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. AFLC provides logistics resources necessary to keep Air Force units and weapon systems in a state of readiness and to sustain their operations in peace, war and contingencies. The command carries out this mission through five air logistics centers and 12 specialized centers. AFLC employs some 98,000 men and women throughout the world.
General Hansen was born in 1933, in New York City. He graduated from Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, Long Island N.Y., in 1951 and then attended Hofstra College. The general received a bachelor's degree in business administration and management from Troy State University in 1972. He completed Air Command and Staff College in 1966, and Air War College in 1972.
He initially enlisted in the Air Force and later was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the aviation cadet program, receiving his pilot wings in February 1955 at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. His first assignment was with the 303rd Air Refueling Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., as a KC-97 pilot. In December 1958 the general was assigned to Castle Air Force Base, Calif., for KC-135 combat crew training and upon completion was assigned as an EC-135 and KC-135 pilot with the 34th Air Refueling Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., until August 1965.
After graduating from Air Command and Staff College in July 1966, General Hansen was assigned to the Air Force Systems Command, Headquarters Air Force Eastern Test Range, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and served as a member of the Apollo spacecraft recovery team until March 1968. He then was assigned to Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, as an A-1 pilot with the 1st Air Commando Squadron, later redesignated the 1st Special Operations Squadron. He flew 113 combat missions. From September 1968 to March 1969 he served in the Republic of Vietnam as a fighter operations staff officer at Headquarters 7th Air Force, Tan Son Nhut Air Base.
General Hansen was assigned to Headquarters Tactical Air Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va., from April 1969 to July 1971. While there he served as chief and, later, operations staff officer in the Aircraft Allocation and Flying Hour, and Operational Planning branches, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations. After completing Air War College in November 1972, he was assigned to Pope Air Force Base, N.C. He first served as operations officer with the 39th Tactical Airlift Squadron and then, from June 1973 until November 1974, as commander of the 41st Tactical Airlift Squadron. During this period he commanded several overseas squadron rotational missions in Thailand, England and West Germany. He then was assigned to the 317th Tactical Airlift Wing staff as the deputy commander for maintenance. After graduation with honors from the Aircraft Maintenance-Avionics Officers Course at Chanute Air Force Base, Ill., in 1975, he returned to the wing as deputy commander for maintenance.
In October 1977 General Hansen was assigned to Headquarters Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., as director of maintenance engineering. The general assumed command of the 314th Tactical Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., in October 1978. During his tenure the wing participated in the Worldwide Airlift competition, winning the best maintenance award in 1979 and the General William Moore trophy for best overall airlift wing in 1981. In August 1981 he returned to Military Airlift Command headquarters as deputy chief of staff for logistics, responsible for ensuring the logistics readiness of worldwide airlift forces.
From February 1983 to May 1985 he was assigned as director for logistics plans and programs, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics and Engineering, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He also served as primary member of the Air Staff Board. In June 1985 he became director for logistics, J-4, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C. In this position he was responsible for worldwide logistics in support of theater commander's war plans, was a member of the Senior NATO Logistics Forum and directed the study that resulted in the formation of the U.S. Transportation Command. He assumed his present command in July 1987.
General Hansen is a command pilot with more than 7,000 flying hours. His military decorations and awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters, Combat Readiness Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with service star, Vietnam Service Medal with three service stars, Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Short, Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Long, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with eight oak leaf clusters, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
The general is the recipient of the 1988 Eugene M. Zuckert Management Award for outstanding management achievements in the Air Force.
He was promoted to general Aug. 1, 1987, with same date of rank.