Retired April 30, 1972.
Major General Nils O. Ohman is commander of Headquarters Command, U.S. Air Force, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington D.C.
General Ohman was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1914. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1937, ranking 18th in his class of 298 and was a starting guard on the Army football team. He was named to the all-time Army football squad by the famed "Marty" Maher.
The general received his pilot wings at Kelly Field, Texas, in October 1938 and is a command pilot with more than 7,000 hours of flying time. He has done work in advanced mathematics at Columbia University Graduate School and is the author of several published articles, including "Military Missions" and "Strategic Bombing Concepts."
From August 1965 until his assignment to Headquarters Command, General Ohman served as vice commander, Air Training Command. As vice commander, he assisted, advised, and acted for the commander in managing the activities of Air Training Command's widespread complex of 20 wings, centers, and operating activities, which includes 16 bases.
The general served as deputy chief of staff, Technical Training, Air Training Command from August 1964 until August 1965. In this position, he was responsible for technical training for the U.S. Air Force. This training was accomplished at six bases, 195 field training detachments and 50 mobile training units. The field and mobile units provide technical training for Air Force personnel at stations throughout the world.
From September 1961 to August 1964, General Ohman was senior Air Force member, military studies and liaison, Weapons Systems Evaluation Group, Washington, D.C. Prior to that time he served for nine years as a Strategic Air Command wing and division commander.
General Ohman has served the Air Force around the world. Other assignments have taken him to such widely separated places as Italy, Korea and Washington, D.C. He flew 34 B-17 combat missions in Italy during World War II as commander of the 97th Bombardment Group which destroyed many major strategic targets in the Balkans area and Germany. The general had 46 combat missions in Korea in B-26 and B-29 aircraft and served as commander of the 3rd Bombardment Wing. This wing completely destroyed an enemy division during one night's bombing.
His military decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Croix de Guerre (France), and Honorary Aviation Badge (Thailand).