Retired July 1, 1992.
Major General Kenneth V. Meyer is chief of staff, Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
General Meyer was born in 1940, in Luzerne, Iowa, and graduated from Concordia Academy, St. Paul, Minn. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Valparaiso University in 1962, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Missouri in 1968, and a master's degree in public administration from Golden Gate University in 1972. He completed Squadron Officer School in 1968, Air Command and Staff College in 1969, Armed Forces Staff College in 1976, Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1982, the Defense Systems Management College Program Management Course in 1978 and the Executive Management Program at Dartmouth College in 1984.
Upon being commissioned through Officer Training School, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in October 1962, General Meyer was assigned as the base police officer at Larson Air Force Base, Wash. In July 1964 he transferred to the 510th Strategic Missile Squadron, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., where he served as a Minuteman combat crew commander. During this tour of duty, he was a member of the winning crew at the first Missile Combat Crew Olympic Arena competition in June 1967.
In June 1969 General Meyer completed the Air Force Education With Industry program at Lockheed Missile and Space Co. in Sunnyvale, Calif., and was assigned as the deputy chief of quality assurance in the Air Force Plant Representative Office at the Aerojet Corp. in Sacramento, Calif. In May 1973, after completing Turkish language training in Monterey, Calif., General Meyer served as production adviser to the Turkish Ministry of Defense with the Joint United States Military Assistance Group in Ankara until August 1975.
He completed the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va., in January 1976 and was assigned to the Air Force Systems Command inspector general's office. From July 1977 to January 1978 the general attended the Defense Systems Management College's Program Management Course at Fort Belvoir, Va. He then became commander of the Air Force Plant Representative Office, General Electric Space Division, King of Prussia, Pa.
General Meyer attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., in August 1981. Upon completion in June 1982, he was assigned to the Directorate of Contracting and Manufacturing Policy, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., as chief of the Contract Placement Division. He became deputy director of the Directorate of Contracting and Manufacturing Policy in April 1983, and director in June 1985. In July 1987 he returned to Air Force Systems Command as deputy chief of staff for contracting. He assumed his present position in October 1989.
His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters.
He was promoted to major general May 1, 1990, with same date of rank.