Retired July 1, 1994.
Lieutenant General Buster C. Glosson is deputy chief of staff for plans and operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He is responsible to the secretary of the Air Force and chief of staff for the planning, operations, requirements and force structure necessary to support the warfighter with air and space power. As the Air Force operations deputy to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he determines operational requirements, concepts, doctrine, strategy, training and the assets necessary to support National Security Objectives and Military Strategy.
The general entered the Air Force in 1965 as a distinguished graduate of the University of North Carolina State Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He flew combat missions as a flight commander in both North and South Vietnam. He commanded the Air Force Fighter Weapons Squadron and two tactical fighter wings. During the Gulf War, he commanded the 14th Air Division (Provisional) and was director of campaign plans for U.S. Central Command Air Forces, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is a command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours primarily in the F-4, F-15C and F-15E.
1965 Bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, North Carolina State University
1977 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
1981 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1. March 1965 - July 1966, student, pilot training, Moody Air Force Base, Ga.
2. July 1966 - December 1967, instructor pilot, T-38, 3500th Pilot Training Squadron, Air Training Command, Reese, Air Force Base, Texas
3. December 1967 - September 1971, T-38 instructor, academic instructor and flight examiner; assistant operations officer, then operations officer, 3250th Fighter Training Squadron, Air Training Command, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
4. September 1971 - April 1972, student, USAF Operational Training Course, F-4, 4435th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Tactical Air Command, George Air Force Base, Calif.
5. April 1972 - September 1972, aircraft commander, F-4E, 4th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Pacific Air Forces, Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand
6. September 1972 - April 1973, air operations officer, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, Pacific Air Forces, Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand
7. April 1973 - September 1974, chief, fighter and forward air controller, standardization and evaluation, Headquarters 13th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Clark Air Base, Philippines
8. September 1974 - July 1977, executive officer to the director; special assistant to the director, legislative liaison, Washington, D.C.
9. July 1977 - January 1978, student, Armed Forces Staff College, NDU, Norfolk, Va.
10. January 1978 - August 1978, student, USAF Operational Training Course, F-4D, 307th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Tactical Air Command, Homestead Air Force Base, Fla.
11. August 1978 - August 1979, chief, Standardization and Evaluation Division, 56th Tactical Fighter Wing, Tactical Air Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
12. August 1979 - June 1980, executive officer to the commander, USAF TFWC, TAC, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
13. June 1980 - August 1980, chief, Standardization and Evaluation Division, 414th Fighter Weapons Squadron, Tactical Air Command, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
14. August 1980 - July 1981, commander, 414th Fighter Weapons Squadron, TAC, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
15. July 1981 - June 1982, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
16. June 1982 - July 1983, chief, Tactical Forces Division, deputy director for forces, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
17. July 1983 - August 1984, chief, Programs Division, Deputy Director for Resources, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
18. August 1984 - July 1986, vice commander, then commander, 347th Tactical Fighter Wing, Tactical Air Command, Moody Air Force Base, Ga.
19. July 1986 - June 1987, commander, 1st Tactical Fighter Wing, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
20. June 1987 - September 1988, deputy chief of staff, plans and programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany
21. September 1988 - July 1990, deputy assistant secretary of defense (legislative affairs), OSD, Washington, D.C.
22. July 1990 - August 1990, deputy commander, Joint Task Force Middle East, USCENTCOM
23. August 1990 - May 1991, CENTAF director of campaign plans, USCENTCOM, and commander, 14th AD (Provisional), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
24. May 1991 - May 1992, director, Legislative Liaison, and director, AF Issues Team, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
25. June 1992 - present, deputy chief of staff for plans and operations, Washington, D.C.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,600
Aircraft flown: F-4, F-5, F-15C, F-15E and T-38
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Distinguished Flying Cross
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device and two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with service star
Vietnam Service Medal with service star
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal
"Impact of Precision Weapons on Air Combat Operations," AIR POWER JOURNAL, Summer 1993.
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Jan 23, 1965
First Lieutenant Sep 6, 1966
Captain May 25, 1968
Major Aug 1, 1976
Lieutenant Colonel Dec 1. 1979
Colonel Oct 1. 1982
Brigadier General Jul 1, 1988
Major General Jun 1, 1991
Lieutenant General Jun 1, 1992