Retired April 1, 1988. Died Jan. 30, 1996.
Major General John Paul Hyde is deputy director for defensewide command, control and communications systems, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for matters pertaining to policy, plans, standards, requirements, priorities and capabilities of the systems.
General Hyde was born July 21, 1934, in Cincinnati, where he graduated from Western Hills High School in 1952. He earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1957, a master of science degree and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 1963 and 1965, respectively, all in the field of electrical engineering. The general graduated from Squadron Officer School in 1961, and was a distinguished graduate of Air Command and Staff College in 1969 and Air War College in 1974. He completed the program for management development at Harvard University's Graduate School of Business in 1970 and the executive program in business administration at Columbia University in 1979.
He was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1957. He was called to active duty in 1958, attended the basic communications officer course at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., and subsequently was assigned as wire and radio communications staff officer at Headquarters Washington Air Defense Sector, Fort Lee, Va. In 1961 he accepted a regular commission.
After completing graduate school in 1965, he was assigned to the VELA Seismological Office, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Alexandria, Va. He was in charge of special projects on new systems for detecting underground nuclear tests from intercontinental distances.
In June 1969 General Hyde became director of research in aerospace-mechanics sciences for the Frank J. Seiler Research Laboratory, Air Force Systems Command, at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. He supervised investigations by officers and cadets in astronautics, aeronautics, engineering and applied mathematics. He also lectured as an assistant professor in the academy's astronautics and computer science departments.
From June 1972 to June 1973 General Hyde was deputy commander and then commander of the 1964th Communications Group at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, and assistant commander of the 1974th Communications Group at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. During part of this period he also served as assistant deputy chief of staff for communications and electronics, Headquarters 7th Air Force.
After completing Air War College in July 1974, General Hyde was assigned to the Defense Communications Agency and served consecutively as associate director of the Defense Communications Engineering Center, Reston, Va., and as assistant deputy director for plans, Headquarters Defense Communications Agency, Arlington, Va. In February 1977 he became commander of the Tactical Communications Area, Air Force Communications Command, and deputy chief of staff for communications and electronics, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
From August 1980 until August 1983 General Hyde served as both commander, European Communications Division, Air Force Communications Command, and deputy chief of staff for communications and air traffic control, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany. He then became commander of the Space Communications Division, and deputy chief of staff for communications, electronics and computer resources at Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. He assumed his present duties in June 1985.
His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device and three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with two oak leaf clusters, Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal First Class and Republic of Vietnam Air Service Medal. General Hyde also wears the space badge. He is on the board of directors of the Armed Forces Communications-Electronics Association.
He was promoted to major general July 1, 1984, with date of rank Oct. 1, 1980.