Retired Oct. 1, 1995.
Major General Kenneth L. Hagemann is director, Defense Nuclear Agency, Washington, D.C.
General Hagemann was born in Holyoke, Colo., where he graduated from Holyoke High School in 1960. He earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Colorado State University in 1964. The general completed Air Command and Staff College in 1979, and Air War College in 1983. A distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force in 1964. General Hagemann then attended navigator training at James T. Connally Air Force Base, Texas, and received wings in July 1965. He next was assigned to the Electronic Warfare Officer Training Squadron, Mather Air Force Base, Calif., as an instructor, and a standardization and evaluation examiner.
In July 1969 he entered undergraduate pilot training at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., and earned pilot wings in July 1970. General Hagemann then was assigned with the Pacific Air Forces in Southeast Asia, where he flew C-123Ks at Phan Rang Air Base, South Vietnam. He flew 115 combat missions in support of allied forces and instructed South Vietnamese air force pilots in C-123K systems during the Vietnamization Program. He entered combat crew training in B-52s at Castle Air Force Base, Calif., in November 1971. The general subsequently was assigned to the 416th Bombardment Wing, Griffiss Air Force Base, N.Y., serving as a combat-ready co-pilot, aircraft commander, wing bomber scheduler, instructor pilot, and chief of the Standardization and Evaluation Division. From July 1976 to April 1981 General Hagemann was assigned to Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., where he served successively as an action officer, branch chief, and deputy chief of the Bases and Units Division, Directorate of Plans and Programs, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans. During that time the general was involved in several significant projects, including the reactivation of Royal Air Force Station Fairford, England; B-52 wartime basing; and B-1 basing. General Hagemann then became commander of the 20th Bombardment Squadron, Carswell Air Force Base, Texas. In August 1982 he entered Air War College.
General Hagemann's next assignment was to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., in the Directorate of Plans, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations. He first served as deputy chief of the Strategic Offensive Forces Division. Later he became division chief with the responsibility for the development of the strategic offensive force structure for the Air Force. His division established strategic aircraft and missile force requirements, and coordinated Air Staff actions on nuclear weapons employment policy and force-level considerations for strategic arms reduction negotiations.
In August 1984 the general was assigned as vice commander of the 379th Bombardment Wing, Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Mich., and in January 1986 he became commander. The wing employed B-52s, KC-135s and the air-launch cruise missile as part of SAC's deterrent force. In January 1987 General Hagemann became executive officer to SAC's commander in chief. He was assigned as deputy director for analysis, concepts and systems, Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff, and commander in chief SAC representative to the JSTPS, Office of the Chief of Staff, SAC headquarters, in March 1988. In March 1990 General Hagemann assumed command of 7th Air Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany, and also was deputy chief of staff for strategic forces, conventional application. The air division controlled all refueling and bomber assets operating in the European theater. This role was crucial in the air bridge and bomber campaign against Iraq during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In December 1991 the general became director for operations, Defense Nuclear Agency. He assumed his present position in April 1992.
The general is a senior pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours. His military awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Republic of Vietnam Air Service Medal Honor Class, and Republic of Vietnam Honor Medal First Class.
He was promoted to major general Nov. 1, 1991, with same date of rank.