Retired Dec. 1, 1990.
Major General Alan G. Sharp is vice commander of the Air Force Reserve, with headquarters at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. In this position he serves as the chief operating officer of the Air Force Reserve, a separate operating agency overseeing the worldwide, day-to-day operations of more than 500 flying and support units and some 70,000 Air Force reservists, active duty military and civilian personnel. In addition to operating more than 450 assigned aircraft, the Air Force Reserve provides approximately 50 percent of the crews for almost 400 aircraft assigned to other Air Force commands.
General Sharp was born in 1929, in Salt Lake City. He attended high school in Capetown, Union of South Africa, and graduated from the University of Utah in 1953. He completed Air War College in 1977.
The general was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program in March 1953. After completing pilot training at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, he was assigned to Sewart Air Force Base, Tenn., flying C-119s with the 48th Troop Carrier Squadron. He participated in Operation DEW Line during the construction of the Distant Early Warning Radar System across northern Canada.
After his release from active duty in 1957, General Sharp joined the Air Force Reserve and was assigned to the 733rd Troop Carrier Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, flying C-46 Commandos. He later served as flight commander, group operations staff officer and flight examiner in C-119s and C-124s. After being recalled to active duty during the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962, he returned to reserve status and subsequently became deputy commander for operations of the 945th Military Airlift Group at Hill in July 1969.
He was appointed commander of the 940th Tactical Airlift Group, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif., in November 1972. In July 1976 he took command of the 445th Military Airlift Wing (Associate), Norton Air Force Base, Calif., and qualified as a C-141 pilot. He became commander of the 514th Military Airlift Wing (Associate), McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., in July 1977. The general was named commander of the 94th Tactical Airlift Wing at Dobbins Air Force Base, Ga., in April 1981 and became commander of 14th Air Force there in January 1983. He assumed his present duties in December 1986.
General Sharp joined the Air Reserve Technician force in February 1960. He served continuously in that capacity, except for a period from 1962 to 1964.
The general is a command pilot with more than 8,000 flying hours. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters, Combat Readiness Medal with four oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with service star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with seven service stars, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with six oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two hourglass devices, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
His civic affiliations include the Reserve Officers Association, Air Force Association and Military Order of the World Wars.
He was promoted to major general May 24, 1984, with same date of rank.