Retired Feb. 1, 1965. Died Jan. 23, 1992.
During his 32 years of active duty service, Major General Dolf E. Muehleisen played many parts in the evolution of American aerospace power. Of particular significance are his actions in the field of aerospace defense during the era introducing instantaneous electronic computer and communication systems.
An unusual highlight in his career occurred when, as commander of the 29th NORAD Region/Air Division, General Muehleisen was selected for the additional duty of chairman of the Cheyenne Mountain Task Force in December 1963. Alternating between North American Air Defense Command headquarters at Colorado Springs, Colo., and 29th headquarters at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Mo., he directed a group of 60 Department of Defense experts reviewing and coordinating all plans for the 90 million dollar NORAD underground Combat Operations Center being constructed within Cheyenne Mountain.
General Muehleisen's earliest contact with air defense came at the beginning of World War II when, as a major, he was sent to New York to help the Eastern Frontier establish air patrols against submarines off the Atlantic Coast.
After a break of four years, he was again involved with national air defense matters, this time as director of operations and training for the Continental Air Command.
In 1954, the now Colonel Muehleisen was assigned to the Air Defense Command for the first time, assuming command of the 10th Air Division and the air defense responsibility for the southern half of Alaska.
When the North American Air Defense Command was organized in 1957, General Muehleisen was filling Headquarters ADC positions as assistant chief of staff for Programming and as deputy for plans. However, two years later he became NORAD deputy chief of staff for plans and policy, a position he held until his assignment as commander of the 29th NORAD Region/Air Division.
General Muebleisen has also served in many vital areas of command not concerned with air defense. He has commanded the 1st Fighter Wing, served as chief of personnel for the 29th Air Force and acted as operations and plans officer for the 7th Air Force.
As a colonel, he was a member of the Plans Group which drew up the initial charter for the JCS Command at Pearl Harbor (CINCPAC). His first assignment after being promoted to brigadier general was as operations chief of the Joint Alaskan Command.
General Muehleisen has held the highest flying rating, command pilot, since 1944. His flying experience ranges from DeHavilands of World War I vintage to current supersonic fighter-interceptors. An ex-bomber and pursuit pilot, General Muehleisen was a member of the famed group of Army Air Corps pilots who flew the U.S. mails in 1934.
A 1931 graduate of the University of California's Business College, General Muehleisen entered the National War College in 1952. Immediately upon graduation, he was assigned as a faculty member at this institution.