Retired Jan. 1, 1994.
Major General Robert M. Marquette Jr. is director, Command, Control, Communications Systems Management Support Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (C3I), Washington, D.C.
General Marquette was born in 1937, in East Liverpool, Ohio, and graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1955. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Ohio University in 1960 and a master of arts degree in public administration from Auburn University in 1974. He completed Squadron Officer School in 1965, Air Command and Staff College in 1974, and Air War College in 1979.
Upon graduation from Ohio University, the general was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. After completing flight training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, in March 1962, he was assigned to Evreux-Fauville Air Base, France, where he flew C-130As with the 41st Troop Carrier Squadron on airlift missions throughout Europe, the Middle East, India and North America. The general remained with the squadron as it moved from France to the United States in 1964, and then to Naha Air Base, Okinawa, in November 1965 for duty in the Pacific and Southeast Asia. In June 1968 he transitioned to T-28s and was assigned to Detachment 1, 56th Special Operations Wing, Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, where he flew close air support and air interdiction missions throughout Southeast Asia.
From August 1969 to July 1973 General Marquette was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., with the Office of the Chief, Air Force Reserve and, later With the Pacific-Southeast Asia Division, Plans and Policy Directorate, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations. After completing Air Command and Staff College in August 1974 he attended B-52 combat crew training at Castle Air Force Base, Calif. In February 1975 the general was assigned to the 524th Bombardment Squadron, Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Mich., as a B-52H aircraft commander and later as senior controller and chief of the Control Division, 379th Bombardment Wing. Beginning in July 1977 General Marquette spent a year with the Center for Arms Control and International Security Studies, University of Pittsburgh, as an Air Force research associate.
The general was assigned to the 28th Bombardment Squadron, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., in August 1978, as a B-52G pilot. He later became an instructor pilot and squadron operations officer. In February 1980 he became commander of the 644th Bombardment Squadron, K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base, Mich. While he commanded the 644th, two of his aircrews won the Mackay Trophy for their non-stop around-the-world B-52 flight in support of national objectives. In May 1981 he moved to Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., where he served as a SAC senior controller, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.
General Marquette was vice commander of the 5th Bombardment Wing, Minot Air Force Base, N.D., from August 1982 until June 1984, when he became wing commander. The wing was selected as the most outstanding wing in SAC for 1985, winning the Omaha Trophy. The general received the 390th Bombardment Group Award in 1985, recognizing him as the wing commander who contributed the most to combat readiness of a SAC wing. He then served as commander of the 93rd Bombardment Wing, Castle Air Force Base, Calif. He assumed command of the 12th Air Division, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, in April 1987 and retained that position when the division moved to Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., in July 1988. In July 1990 the general became the first commander of the newly created Strategic Warfare Center at Ellsworth Air Force Base. He became director, Office of Emergency Operations, White House Military Office, Washington, D.C., in October 1990. He was assigned to his current position in ASD (C3I) when OEO was moved to DOD and redesignated C3 SMSO as part of a reorganization in July 1992.
The general is a command pilot with more than 7,200 flying hours, including 702 combat hours, in the B-1B, B-52, EC-135, KC-135, U-10, T-29, T-28, C-131, C-130, C-121 and C-47. His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Combat Readiness Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.
He was promoted to major general Jan. 1, 1991, with same date of rank.