Military Bios

Major General Richard D. Reinbold:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Retired May 31, 1972.  
Major General Richard David Reinbold is commander, Oklahoma City Air Materiel Area at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. OCAMA provides logistics support for its assigned weapons systems, such as the B-52 aircraft and associated missiles, A-7D and the -135 aircraft in its multitude of configurations ranging from tankers to airborne command posts; command and control communication systems; aircraft engines, and accessories.
General Reinbold was born in Newark, Ohio, in 1918. He graduated from Newark High School in 1936 and attended Denison University at Granville, Ohio, for two years. In 1938 he was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. After graduation from the academy in 1942, General Reihbold received flying training at Randolph and Ellington fields, Texas. He received his pilot wings in December 1942. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., (1945); the Air Command and Staff School (1948); and the Air War College (1958).
During World War II in August 1943, General Reinbold went to the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations, where he participated in air operations in support of campaigns from New Guinea to the Philippine Islands. He led his squadron through adverse weather and enemy action to provide air cover for the landing of the First Cavalry Division on Los Negros Island north of New Guinea. For this he was cited by General Douglas MacArthur and his squadron received the Presidential Unit Citation.
He returned to the United States in January 1945 and, after attending the Command and General Staff School, went to Headquarters Air Materiel Command, at Wright Field, Ohio, in July 1946. He next attended the Air Command and Staff School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. In January 1949 he was assigned to the 43d Bombardment Wing at Tucson, Ariz., where he participated in the planning and support of the first nonstop around-the-world flight made by the B-50 strategic bomber "Lucky Lady II."
During the Korean War in 1951, General Reinbold was a member of the cadre for the 44th Bombardment Wing that reactivated the airbase at Lake Charles, La. He was director of operations for the wing, which trained B-29 crews for combat duty in Korea. He remained with the 44th Wing after the Korean War while the organization was converted from B-29 aircraft to the B-47 strategic bomber.
In May 1954 General Reinbold was ordered to Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., where he was the chief of training while SAC converted to an all-jet bomber force. In 1956 he was a member of the team that conceived the air-ground-alert method of operations for SAC. For his part in this effort he received the Legion of Merit. He was a student at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., from July 1957 to June 1958.
He then served from June 1958 to June 1960 as director of materiel and later as director of operations for the 7th Division, SAC, at High Wycombe, England. During this assignment he helped establish the close liaison that exists between SAC and the Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force. He next commanded the 100th Bombardment Wing at Pease Air Force Base, N.H., and received an oak leaf cluster to the Legion of Merit for his accomplishments as commander. In August 1962 he entered the National War College in Washington, D.C. While attending the National War College, General Reinbold also completed his studies for a master's degree in international affairs at The George Washington University.
In July 1963 General Reinbold was selected for duty at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, where he served as chief of the Force Plans Division; became deputy director of plans for war plans, in June 1964; and was appointed deputy director of plans, in July 1966. He was awarded the second oak leaf cluster to the Legion of Merit for his performance in the latter position.
General Reinbold was next assigned as deputy and chief of staff, United States Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Committee, Belgium, in August 1967. As deputy, when required, he represented the U.S. military representative or the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff in meetings of the Military Committee in Permanent Session, As chief of staff, he directed the U.S. delegation to the Military Committee in reviewing NATO military documents and formulating the U.S. military position on matters of NATO interest. Upon completion of this joint duty, General Reinbold was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the Air Force.
General Reinbold became vice commander, Fifteenth Air Force, in August 1970. He was appointed commander, Oklahoma Air Materiel Area at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., in February 1972.
In addition to the decorations and awards already mentioned, he has the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
General Reinbold's hometown is Newark, Ohio.
He was promoted to the temporary grade of major general effective Aug. 1, 1967, with date of rank July 1, 1963.


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