Retired Aug. 1, 1968. Died Nov. 29, 1999.
Major General Philip Henry Greasley is deputy chief of staff for plans and programs for North American Air Defense Command with headquarters at Ent Air Force Base, Colo. He is responsible for the development of concepts and basic objectives for aerospace defense and for the preparation of plans and studies reflecting deployment and operational use of NORAD forces.
General Greasley was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1914. He graduated from Mainetownship High School, Des Plaines, Ill., in 1931, and moved with his family to West Hartford, Conn. He entered Connecticut State College (now University of Connecticut) in 1932 and graduated in 1936 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. Initially employed after graduation by General Chemical Company in Cleveland, Ohio, he entered flying training as an aviation cadet at Randolph Field, Texas, in October 1937, and received his wings and commission in the Army Air Corps Reserve at Kelly Field, Texas, the following fall.
His first assignment was to the 33rd Pursuit Squadron, 8th Pursuit Group, Langley Field, Va., where in 1939 he received a regular commission in the Army Air Corps. From March to June 1941, he was sent to Great Britain for duty with the Royal Air Force, first serving as an instructor with the 53rd Fighter Operational Training Unit and then as an observer with RAF fighter squadrons at Kenly and Red Hill.
He returned to duty with the 8th Pursuit Group, which had moved to Mitchel Field, N.Y., and in January 1942 helped organize the 80th Fighter Squadron. In February the squadron was deployed to the Southwest Pacific Area, where he commanded its operation from Australia and New Guinea until his assignment in December 1942, as group operations officer. From April 1943 to May 1945, he was successively assigned as: commander, 8th Fighter Group; executive officer, 85th Fighter Wing; and commander, 85th Fighter Wing, moving from New Guinea to Leyte, Philippine Islands, and then to Manila as the battle action progressed northward. With the reorganization of the 85th Fighter Wing to assume air defense responsibilities, General Greasley was named deputy commander and continued in this position until the Japanese surrender.
After his return to the United States, General Greasley served in the Plans and Operations Division of the War Department General Staff and in 1947 was transferred to the Directorate of Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. During this assignment, he was Air Force representative to the United States Delegation, Council of Foreign Ministers, at the German and Austrian peace treaty negotiations in London and Moscow in 1947, and was Air Force representative to the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations during the Paris meeting in 1948.
General Greasley attended the Naval War College and then was assigned as U.S. Air Force Liaison Representative to the Armed Forces Policy Council, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. His next assignment was to Headquarters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, in Germany where he served in several capacities in the Directorate of Plans, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, and for a brief period in Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Paris, France. Upon his return to the United States in 1953, he became chief of staff and then vice commander, 28th Air Division (Def.), Hamilton Air Force Base, Calif.
After graduation from the National War College, he was reassigned to the Pentagon as the director, Office of Planning, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs, and remained in this position until July 1959 when he was named chief of the Air Force Group, Joint U.S. Military Mission for Aid to Turkey.
In July 1961, General Greasley was named deputy commandant, Air Force, at the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va. He held that position until he assumed duties as deputy chief of staff, plans (previously designated deputy chief of staff, plans, programs and operations services), Headquarters Air Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, July 27, 1963. General Greasley became chief of staff for Air Training Command Sept. 1, 1965. He assumed his present position Jan. 16, 1967.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster and Army Commendation Medal. A command pilot, he is credited with 80 combat missions totaling 148 flying hours.