Military Bios

Lieutenant General William O. Senter:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Retired June 1, 1966.  
William Oscar Senter was born in Stamford, Texas, in 1910. He moved with his family to Abilene, Texas, where be graduated from high school in 1928. After attending Hardin-Simmons University for a year he entered the U.S. Mi1itary Academy, graduating in June 1933 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps.
In September 1933, Lieutenant Senter attended flying school, receiving his p1lot's rating a year later and transferring to the Air Corps. Upon graduation, his first station was Langley Field, Va., Where be served with a bombardment squadron. In 1937 he entered Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed a course in meteorology. In June 1938 he served as a weather officer at Maxwell Field, Ala., and as a weather regional control officer with regional headquarters at that same station.
In June 1942, Lieutenant Colonel Senter was assigned to Army Air Force Headquarters as chief of the Operations Division in the Directorate of Weather and later an executive officer in November 1942. The following April he assumed command of the Army Air Forces Weather Wing in Asheville, N.C. In March 1945, he was assigned as staff weather officer for the Far East Air Forces on Luzon, Philippine Islands. The following September he assumed command of the 43rd Weather Wing on Luzon and in July 1946 moved with the wing to Tokyo, Japan, where be commanded it for two years.
Colonel Senter entered the Air War College at Maxwell Field in July 1948. Upon graduation a year later he was appointed deputy chief of the Air Weather Service at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. He became chief of the Air Weather Service in August 1950 as a brigadier general and was promoted to major general during his tour as chief.
He was named commander of the Oklahoma City Air Material Area in May 1953, moving in August 1957 to Headquarters Air Material Command as director of Procurement and Production.
He was assigned assistant deputy chief of staff, material (July 1961 designated systems and logistics) Headquarters U.S. Air Force in August 1959. General Senter assisted the deputy chief of staff, systems and logistics, in the administration and direction of the procurement, production, maintenance, supply and transportation programs of the Air Force.
General Senter was promoted to lieutennut general and assigned an director, petroleum logistics policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Installations and Logistics), Department of Defense Aug. 1, 1963.
General Senter has been awarded the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster and is rated a command pilot and technical observer.


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