Retired Jan. 1, 1992.
Major General David C. Reed is commander, Air Force Military Training Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. A major component of the Air Training Command, the center is responsible for conducting basic military training for all enlisted people entering the Air Force, the Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard; commissioning second lieutenants through Officer Training School; providing technical training in nearly 100 courses; and giving English language training to foreign military personnel.
General Reed was born in 1937, in Jamestown, N.D., and graduated from Huntington Park (Calif.) High School in June 1955. He received a bachelor of arts degree in business from Jamestown College in 1960. He later attended the University of South Carolina and in 1976, while stationed in West Germany, received a master of science degree from Troy State University. He completed Squadron Officer School in 1965, Air Command and Staff College in 1975, and the NATO Defense College in 1980.
The general enlisted in the Air Force in January 1961. After graduating as a distinguished graduate from Officer Training School, Lackland Air Force Base, in May 1961, he received a regular commission. He then attended undergraduate navigator training at James Connally Air Force Base, Texas; navigator-bombardier training at Mather Air Force Base, Calif; and RB-66 combat crew upgrade training at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.
In April 1963 General Reed was assigned to the 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Royal Air Force Station Alconbury, England. He returned to Shaw in June 1966 and served as an RF-4C academic instructor with the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. While at Shaw, the general flew EB-66s, RB-66s and RF-4Cs in support of Tactical Air Reconnaissance Center test programs. In May 1971 he was assigned as an EB-66 navigator and standardization-evaluation flight examiner with the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand.
From July 1972 to August 1974 General Reed was assigned to the 86th Tactical Fighter Wing and 26th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Zweibrucken Air Base, West Germany. While there, he served successively as a crewmember, operations plans officer, chief of the Operations Plans Division and chief of the wing exercise program. He transferred to the newly formed Headquarters Allied Air Forces Central Europe, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany, where he served as a NATO staff officer and member of the AAFCE command briefing team.
In September 1976 General Reed was assigned to Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas, as wing scheduling officer and, later, chief of training for the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. He then served as operations officer for the 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. In April 1978 the general became commander of the 91st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at Bergstrom. He was the first navigator in the Air Force to command an operational tactical flying squadron.
He was assigned as assistant deputy commander for maintenance, 48th Tactical Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, England, in August 1980. While there, he served as deputy commander for resources from April to November 1981, when he became deputy commander for maintenance. He was assigned as deputy chief of staff for logistics, Headquarters 17th Air Force, Sembach Air Base, West Germany, in June 1983. In July 1984 General Reed became the first commander of the 485th Tactical Missile Wing, Florennes Air Base, Belgium. Under his command, the unit received the Air Force Association's annual Verne Orr Award, presented to the base or unit displaying the best use of human resources.
In April 1986 the general was assigned to Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command, Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colo., as command director. He became vice director of combat operations in March 1987. In June 1988 he transferred to Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., as commandant of the Air Command and Staff College until June 1989, when he was named commandant of the Air War College and vice commander of Air University. He assumed his present command in April 1990.
The general is a master navigator with more than 2,500 flying hours, including more than 450 combat hours. His military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters.
He was promoted to major general Sept. 1, 1989, with same date of rank.