Retired Oct. 1, 1987.
Major General Robert A. Rosenberg is director of the Defense Mapping Agency, Washington, D.C.
General Rosenberg was born in 1934, in Kansas City, Mo. He graduated from Leavenworth (Kan.) High School in 1953 and entered the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., where he received a bachelor's degree in general engineering in 1957. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force following graduation. He earned a master's degree in aerospace engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in 1964, and graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., in 1972.
He entered active duty in June 1957 and attended the Guidance System Officer Course at Lowry Air Force Base, Colo., before being assigned in April 1958 to Forbes Air Force Base, Kan., as a flightline maintenance officer. The general was responsible for operational readiness of B-47 and KC-97 armament and electronic equipment while with the Strategic Air Command's 90th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing.
From September 1959 until September 1962, General Rosenberg served at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., where he participated in the initial development, test and launch of Atlas and Agena satellite programs while serving with the Air Force Ballistic Missile Division. He next entered the Air Force Institute of Technology. Following graduation in June 1964, he served with the Office of Special Projects, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, in a variety of positions. He initially served as mission controller for satellite operations at the Satellite Test Center, Sunnyvale, Calif., and later as assistant deputy for test operations at Los Angeles Air Force Station, Calif.
The general graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1972, and then joined the Air Staff, serving as division chief under the assistant for research, development and acquisition programming, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Research and Development, until 1974. During this time, he was responsible for interaction with the Congress on matters relating to justification of aircraft, missile, and research, development, test, and evaluation authorization and appropriations.
In December 1974 he joined the Office of Space Systems, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C., and served successively as deputy director for programs, principal deputy and acting director with responsibilities for staff management and direction, supervision and operational control of national military space programs.
General Rosenberg was assigned to the National Security Council, the White House, in June 1976, as an adviser to the assistant to the president for National Security Affairs, and in direct support of the National Security Council and the president. He participated in the policy formulation and decision-making process for national security related requirements, programs and budgets. He took part in National Security Council Committee proceedings and was responsible for formulation, issuance and implementation of presidential directives and executive orders.
In March 1980 the general returned to the Pentagon as assistant chief of staff for studies and analyses, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. He was responsible for studies about military utility and cost effectiveness of alternative policies, doctrines, requirements and weapon systems. In September 1983 he became assistant vice commander of the U.S. Air Force Space Command and vice commander in chief for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, with consolidated headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. General Rosenberg assumed his present duties in July 1985.
His military decorations and awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon. He wears the Master Space and Master Missile badges.
He was promoted to major general April 1, 1982, with date of rank Aug. 1, 1978.