Retired Sep. 1, 1981.
Major General Gerald J. Carey Jr., is commander, U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Warfare Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
General Carey was born in New York City in 1930 and graduated from Brooklyn Preparatory School in June 1948. He entered the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., in July 1948 and graduated in June 1952 with a bachelor of science degree and commission as a second lieutenant. He was awarded bachelor and master of science degrees in aeronautical engineering under the Air Force Institute of Technology program in 1957 and 1963, respectively. He is also a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Upon completion of pilot training in 1953, General Carey was assigned as flight instructor and subsequently flight commander with the 3640th Pilot Training Wing at Laredo Air Force Base, Texas. In 1956 he entered the AFIT's School of Engineering at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, earning a bachelor of science degree in 1957.
From 1958 to 1961, he was assistant air attache at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. He then returned to the United States to resume his studies in the engineering field and received his master's degree from Texas A&M College.
General Carey performed duties as astronautical engineer and technical assistant to the chief scientist with the Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base, Md., from 1963 to 1966. He next attended the Armed Forces Staff College at Norfolk, Va., graduating in February 1967. In March 1967 he reported to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., to complete F-4D training.
From October 1967 to October 1969, General Carey was a flight commander and operations officer with the 336th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. During this time, he participated in the Korean deployment in response to the Pueblo crisis and the European deployment as part of the CRESTED CAP program. Following this assignment, he was transferred to the 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, where he served as an operations officer and flew 163 combat missions in the F-4D.
General Carey returned to the United States and was assigned from 1971 to 1972 as a plans and programming officer in the Directorate of Objectives, Concept and Doctrine, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces as a distinguished graduate in June 1973. That month he began his duties as vice commander of the 1st Tactical Fighter Wing at MacDill Air Force Base. In February 1974 he became commander of the wing, later redesignated the 56th Tactical Fighter Wing. He served in that capacity until he become the assistant deputy chief of staff, operations for control and support, Tactical Air Command, at Langley Air Force Base, Va., in August 1975. General Carey assumed his present position as commander of the U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Warfare Center July 22, 1978.
His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with 13 oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He is an elected member of Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society) and Sigma Gamma Tau (National Aeronautical Engineering Honor Society).
He was promoted to the grade of major general Aug. 1, 1978, with date of rank May 1, 1975.