Retired June 30, 1965. Died Feb. 11, 1976.
Maj. Gen. Robert Evans Greer was born in Orange, Calif., in 1915, and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy June 12, 1939.
Immediately thereafter, General Greer entered Primary Flying School at Glendale, Calif., followed by Basic Flying School at Randolph Field, Texas, and later graduated from Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, Texas in June 1940.
After flying school, General Greer was retained as a flight instructor. He served in this capacity and in various supervisory and command assignments, at Randolph Field, Texas, Maxwell and Gunter fields, Ga., and finally Hendricks Field at Sebring, Fla.
In October 1943, General Greer joined the 58th Bomber Wing at Smoky Hill Air Base, Salina, Kan., as the assistant operations officer (A-3). He was a member of the first B-29 flight crew to leave the U.S. in March 1944 for the China-Burma-India Theater.
After serving one year in the CBI Theater as assistant A-3 of the 58th Bomber Wing and supply officer (A-4) of the 20th Bomber Command, General Greer accompanied the 58th Bomber Wing to Tinian Island (Marianas) in March 1945, where he served as deputy chief of staff for supply and maintenance. At the end of hostilities in August 1945, he served on Iwo Jima and a month later assisted in staging a long distance flight of three B-29's from Hokaido, Japan, to Chicago, Ill.
Returning to the United States the latter part of 1945, General Greer was ordered to Wright Field, Ohio, where he served as assistant to the chief of administration for technical matters at Headquarters, Air Materiel Command. Selected to instruct electrical engineering at West Point, he attended Columbia University for nine months prior to his two-year assignment at the academy.
In June 1949, General Greer was ordered to Headquartaers U.S. Air Force, Office of the Assistant for Atomic Energy. After three years in the Pentagon, he attended the Air War College and was retained on the staff and faculty after graduation in 1953.
In response to a request by Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, General Greer was ordered to Paris in July 1954 to serve on the special staff to Field Marshal Montgomery.
On termination of this assignment and by his own request, General Greer was assigned to Headquarters 49th Air Division and later to Third Air Force, in England, where he served as director of operations and deputy chief of staff-operations, respectively. During this tour, he checked out in tactical jet aircraft in which he maintained currency until his departure in July 1957. He was then assigned back to Headquarters U.S. Air Force as deputy assistant, chief of staff for guided missiles. He served in this capacity until July 1959 when he became assistant chief of staff for guided missiles.
General Greer was assigned as vice commander for satellite systems, Air Force Ballistic Missile Division, until a major reorganization of the Air Research and Development Command and the Air Materiel Command was effected on April 1, 1961. At that time, he became vice commander, Space Systems Division, Air Force Systems Command, Los Angeles, Calif.
The Space Systems Division manages and directs the research and development of military space programs assigned to the Air Force and conducts certain scientific space projects in support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Army and the Navy.
A rated command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours, General Greer's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Air Force Longevity Service Award with four oak leaf clusters.