Retired July 1, 1977.
Major General Otis C. Moore is assistant deputy chief of staff, Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
General Moore was born in Charlotte, N.C., in 1926. He graduated from high school in Sumter, S.C., attended Clemson College, S.C., and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass. After graduation from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., in 1948 with a bachelor of science degree, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Pilot training was accomplished at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, and Barksdale Air Force Base, La., in 1949.
After graduation from pilot training, he was assigned to the 43d Bombardment Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., as a B-50 aircraft commander. In July 1954, after completing triple-rated training as a navigator-bombardier-radar operator, he was again assigned to the 43d Bombardment Wing, this time as a B-47 aircraft commander; in July 1956 General Moore was appointed chief, Standardization Division; and in October 1959 became chief of air training for the wing.
General Moore was transferred to Headquarters Fifteenth Air Force, SAC, March Air Force Base, Calif., in April 1960, where he served in the Directorate of Operations as planner for current operations including bomber deployments and airborne alert missions.
In October 1962 he was transferred to the Directorate of Plans, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., where he developed operational concepts for the SR-71 aircraft, other reconnaissance systems, and the Defense Meteorological Satellite System. In 1965 he assumed the position of chief, Space Branch, Future Systems Division. During this period, he earned a master's degree from the University of Omaha.
He graduated from the National War College in June 1967 and was assigned to the Directorate of Doctrine, Concepts and Objectives, Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. During this period he was director of a study entitled "Strategic Options in the 70s (STRAT 70)," which developed the concept of TRIAD and introduced the concept of limited nuclear options within the U.S. Air Force. In June 1969 he was assigned as executive officer to the chief of staff, U.S. Air Force.
In January 1971 General Moore became chief of staff, Seventh Air Force, in the Republic of Vietnam. While stationed in Vietnam, General Moore flew 25 combat missions in the F-4 Phantom jet, and 83 combat support missions. He went to Ent Air Force Base, Colo., in September 1972 and assumed command of the Fourteenth Aerospace Force, ADC. While serving as commander, his unit was awarded a Presidential Management Improvement Award.
General Moore returned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force in May 1974 as director of operations in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations. His additional duty in this assignment was Air Force member, Permanent Joint Board on Defense, Canada, United States. In August 1975, General Moore assumed duty as the assistant deputy chief of staff, Plans and Operations.
His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the National Order of Vietnam, Fifth Class. He is a rated navigator and command pilot.
He was promoted to the grade of major general effective Nov. 1, 1972, with date of rank Aug. 1, 1969.