Retired Jan. 31, 1981.
General Alton D. Slay is commander, Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
General Slay is a native of Crystal Springs, Miss. He is a command pilot with more than 8,000 flying hours, principally in single-engine and jet fighter aircraft, accumulated since his graduation from flying school at Craig Field, Ala., in 1944. The general flew 181 combat missions over Southeast Asia in jet fighters. He is a graduate of the Navy Parachutist School and wears the Senior Air Force Parachutist Badge and the Senior Missileman Badge.
General Slay is a graduate of The George Washington University at Washington, D.C., with a degree in mathematics; the Harvard University Advanced Management Program; and the Canadian National Defence College.
Prior to his current assignment General Slay was deputy chief of staff, research and development, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. Other recent assignments as a general officer have included tours as vice commander of the Air Training Command, San Antonio, Texas; commander of the Lowry Technical Training Command, Denver; deputy chief of staff, operations, Seventh Air Force, in Southeast Asia; director of operations, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam; deputy chief of staff, operations, Air Force Systems Command; commander of the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; and assistant deputy chief of staff, plans and operations, U.S. Air Forces in Europe. He assumed his present command in March 1978.
General Slay was promoted to general with date of rank April 1, 1978.