Retired Aug. 1, 1987.
Lieutenant General Leo Marquez is deputy chief of staff for logistics and engineering, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
General Marquez was born in 1932, in Peralta, N.M., and graduated from Belen (N.M.) High School in 1949. He received a bachelor of science degree in zoology from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, in 1954, and a master of science degree in business administration from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in 1967. The general completed Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., in 1967 and attended the advanced management program for executives, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, in 1976. In 1978 he was named a distinguished alumnus from New Mexico State University.
He was awarded a commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer's Training Corps program upon graduation from New Mexico State University and entered active duty as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in November 1954.
After completing pilot training in January 1956 at Greenville Air Force Base, Miss., and the basic instructor course at Craig Air Force Base, Ala., he returned to Greenville as a flight instructor in T-33s. While there he also completed the instructor pilot instrument school at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. In September 1958 he began the interceptor pilot course at Moody Air Force Base, flying F-86D's. Upon graduation in May 1959, he was assigned to the 525th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, Bitburg Air Base, Germany, where he flew F-102s until January 1962.
He returned to the United States to attend the aircraft maintenance officer course at Chanute Air Force Base, Ill. Following completion in mid-1962, he was assigned to the 325th Fighter-Interceptor Wing at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., as a maintenance officer. In 1964 he become commander of the 325th Organizational Maintenance Squadron at McChord.
General Marquez entered the Air Command and Staff College in August 1966. Following graduation as a distinguished graduate in August 1967, he was assigned to the 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Bien Hoa Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, as maintenance control officer.
In August 1968 General Marquez was selected for exchange duty with the Canadian Forces in Ottawa, Canada, and served as system manager for the CF-100, CF-101, CF-104, T-33 and BOMARC missile. In August 1970 he transferred to Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va., as the F-111 logistics project officer in the Directorate of Maintenance Engineering, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics. In 1972 he was reassigned within the directorate as chief, Fighter Reconnaissance Branch.
General Marquez was chief of the F-111 System Management Division in the Directorate of Materiel Management at the Sacramento Air Logistics Center, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif., from June 1973 to July 1975. He then was assigned as director of materiel management at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., from July 1975 to August 1977.
The general transferred to Air Force headquarters in September 1977 as deputy director of maintenance engineering and supply, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Systems and Logistics. He was assigned as deputy director of logistics plans, programs and transportation, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics and Engineering, in April 1978. The Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Systems and Logistics, became the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics and Engineering, in July 1978.
In June 1979 he become deputy chief of staff for plans and programs at Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. General Marquez served as commander of Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, from July 1981 to July 1983. He assumed his present duties in August 1983.
His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster. He was selected as Air Force Logistics Command Systems Manager of the year in 1974. In 1977 he was the recipient of the Air Force Association's Executive Management Award.
He was promoted to lieutenant general Aug. 1, 1983, with same date of rank.