Retired June 1, 1989.
Major General Lewis G. Curtis is commander of the San Antonio Air Logistics Center, Air Force Logistics Command, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. He commands and directs the activities of military and civilian personnel who are responsible for system support of 16 U.S. Air Force aircraft ranging in size from O-2s to C-5s; and the Air Force inventory of jet engines for C-5s, F-15s, F-16s, and turboprop engines for C-130s. He also oversees more than 100 other property classes, including special weapons, aerospace fuels, automatic test equipment, ground equipment, life support equipment and precision measuring equipment.
General Curtis was born in Medford, Mass., in 1934. He graduated from high school in Winchester, Mass., in 1951 and received his associate of arts degree from Boston University in 1953 and bachelor of science degree in 1955. He graduated from Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., in 1966 and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., in 1974. In August 1980 General Curtis attended the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government National International Security program.
After receiving his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Boston University in June 1955, he attended the Armament Systems Course (Bomber) at Lowry Air Force Base, Colo. After graduation in June 1956, he was assigned to the 305th Armament-Electronics Maintenance Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., as a B-47 and KC-97 avionics maintenance officer. In 1959 he moved with the 305th Bombardment Wing to Bunker Hill Air Force Base, Ind., where he was a B-58 and KC-135 flight fine avionics maintenance officer.
The general was assigned to Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., in February 1962. He was a B-58 and SR-71 maintenance staff officer in the Aircraft Maintenance Division until he attended Air Command and Staff College in August 1965. He was then assigned to the 36th Tactical Fighter Wing, Bitburg and Spangdahlem Air Bases, Germany, first as maintenance supervisor of the 36th Armament-Electronics Maintenance Squadron, then as wing maintenance control officer and finally commander of the 36th Avionics Maintenance Squadron. In this unique dual base role he supported EB-66s, F-4s and F-102s.
From August 1969 to August 1970, General Curtis served as commander of the 388th Avionics Maintenance Squadron and quality control officer for the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, supporting EB-66s, F-4s and F-105s. He was then assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., as an aircraft maintenance staff officer in the Electronic Warfare and Reconnaissance Branch of the Aerospace Maintenance Division. In 1972 General Curtis became the executive officer for the Directorate of Maintenance, Engineering and Supply. He served in that position until August 1973 when he entered the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Following graduation he was assigned as director of maintenance, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Upon his return from Germany in August 1977, he was named chief of the Aircraft Division in the Directorate of Maintenance at Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. In October 1977 General Curtis became director of maintenance for the Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. From June 1980 to July 1981, he served as vice commander of the San Antonio Air Logistics Center, Kelly Air Force Base. General Curtis then become deputy chief of staff for maintenance, Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
In June 1982 the general returned to Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, as the deputy chief of staff for logistics. He assumed his present command in September 1985.
General Curtis wears the senior missile badge. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with "V" device and two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal with four service stars and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm.
He was promoted to major general June 1, 1984, with date of rank Sept. 1, 1980.
General Curtis calls Boothbay Harbor, Maine, home.