Retired Feb. 1, 1991.
Major General Charles D. Metcalf is deputy for accounting, assistant secretary, financial management; commander, Air Force Accounting and Finance Center; and assistant director, Defense Security Assistance Agency for Security Assistance Accounting, Denver. He is responsible for operation of the worldwide Air Force accounting and finance network, paying all Air Force active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and retired members, and accounting for all monies appropriated to the Air Force by the U.S. Congress.
General Metcalf was born in 1933, in Anamosa, Iowa, where he graduated from Anamosa High School in 1951. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Coe College in 1955 and a master's degree in business administration from Michigan State University in 1964. He completed Squadron Officer School in 1962, Air War College in 1974 and the program for senior executives in national and international security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in 1985.
He entered the Air Force in October 1955 as a distinguished graduate of the Coe College Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. General Metcalf's initial assignment was to the Air Force Hospital at Wimpole Park, England, as accounting and finance officer. In 1958 he became accounting and finance officer at Donaldson Air Force Base, S.C., and in May 1959 transferred to George Air Force Base, Calif., again as accounting and finance officer.
In September 1962 General Metcalf became the first accounting and finance officer assigned in the Republic of Vietnam and activated the first in-country accounting and finance office at Tan Son Nhut Air Base.
Upon completion of his master's degree in September 1964, he was assigned to Headquarters Air Defense Command, Ent Air Force Base, Colo., as chief of the Operations Division, Directorate of Budget. General Metcalf was assigned as programs officer in the Office of Aerospace Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., in August 1967.
From February 1968 to August 1971 he served as executive assistant to the assistant secretary of the Air Force for financial management. The general then returned to Aerospace Defense Command headquarters and served for nearly two years as deputy director of budget. After graduating from the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., in June 1974, he became director of budget in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Comptroller, Headquarters Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
General Metcalf returned to Air Force headquarters in August 1975 and served as deputy chief of the Operations Appropriation Division, Directorate of Budget. In July 1976 he resumed his duties as director of budget, Military Airlift Command, and in July 1978 became the command's deputy chief of staff, comptroller. The general was assigned as deputy director of budget operations, Office of the Comptroller of the Air Force, Washington, D.C., in June 1982. In July 1983 he became comptroller, Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He assumed his present duties in July 1988.
His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and Air Force Commendation Medal.
He was promoted to major general Aug. 1, 1986, with same date of rank.