Retired Oct. 1, 1982.
Major General Guy L. Hecker Jr. is the director of the Office of Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
General Hecker was born in 1932, in Louisville, Ky., and later moved to Mobile, Ala. He graduated from Murphy High School in 1949 and attended the Marion (Ala.) Military Institute. He graduated with honors from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., as a distinguished military graduate and with a bachelor of arts degree in 1954. General Hecker received a master's degree in international relations from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in 1972. He completed the management development program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Business. General Hecker is a member of the Presidential Advisory Council and a director of the Alumni Association at Marion Military Institute. He is also a member of the advisory committee to The Citadel board of visitors and president of the Greater Washington Area Citadel Club. The general graduated from Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., in 1958; Royal Air Force Command and Staff College, Andover, England, in 1967; National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., in 1972; and by correspondence, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
The general was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at The Citadel. He earned his pilot wings in November 1955 at Webb Air Force Base, Texas. He then completed F-86D training at Perrin Air Force Base, Texas, and in June 1956 became an air training officer at the newly established U.S. Air Force Academy, then temporarily located at Lowry Air Force Base, Colo. General Hecker was next assigned to the 55th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 20th Tactical Fighter Wing at Royal Air Force Station Wethersfield, England, flying F-100s.
Upon returning to the United States in June 1961, General Hecker was assigned to the 4510th Combat Crew Training Group at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. While at Luke he served as flight commander and later as chief of the Plans, Programming and Scheduling Section, 4510th Combat Crew Training Group.
In August 1964 General Hecker was assigned to Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va., as a staff officer in fighter operations. He entered the Royal Air Force Command and Staff College in December 1966. After graduation he was assigned to the 90th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Bien Hoa Air Base, Republic of Vietnam. While there he flew 169 combat missions in F-100s. In August 1969 General Hecker was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., as chief, regular general officer matters, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel.
After graduation from the National War College in 1972, General Hecker was assigned to Plattsburgh Air Force Base, N.Y., as the commander of the 528th Bombardment Squadron, 380th Bombardment Wing, flying FB-111s. In April 1974 he became assistant deputy commander for operations of the 380th Bombardment Wing and in August 1974 became deputy commander for operations. In July 1975 he assumed the responsibilities of deputy commander for maintenance. In May 1976 General Hecker took command of the 509th Bombardment Wing at Pease Air Force Base, N.H., and in January 1978 became commander of the 45th Air Division, also at Pease.
From December 1978 to April 1980, General Hecker served as special assistant for M-X matters, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Research, Development and Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. He assumed his present duties in May 1980.
General Hecker is a command pilot with more than 4,900 flying hours, including 211 combat hours. His military decorations and awards include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm and Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal 1st Class. He also wears the Missile Badge.
He was promoted to major general Sept. 8, 1980, with date of rank July 1, 1977.