Retired Sep. 1, 1975.
Major General Roger Hombs is assistant surgeon general for dental services, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
General Hombs was born in Keokuk, Iowa, in 1922. In 1933 the family moved from Glenwood, Mo., to St. Louis where he graduated from Grover Cleveland High School, in 1940, and received his doctor of dental surgery degree from the School of Dentistry, Washington University, in 1945. He was in private dental practice and served as assistant clinical instructor in dental medicine and radiography at Washington University from October 1945 until July 1946.
General Hombs entered active military duty in August 1946 with the U.S. Army Dental Corps at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Following completion of Medical Field Service School in September 1946, he went to the Philippine Islands and was assigned to the 12th Infantry Division at Camp O'Donnell, as division dental surgeon; in July 1947 was assigned as chief of dental services, 46th Station Hospital, Camp John Hay; and in September 1947 was reassigned as chief of dental services, 20th Station Hospital, Clark Air Base. He received his regular commission in November 1947. In November 1948 he was assigned as oral surgeon, 3750th Station Hospital, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.
He transferred to the U.S. Air Force in July 1949. In April 1951 he was assigned as dental surgeon, 2472d Air Force Reserve Combat Training Center, Olathe Naval Air Station, Kan., and three years later was reassigned to the 2577th Air Force Reserve Flying Training Center, Brooks Air Force Base, Texas, as base dental surgeon. In September 1955 he went to the 6607th USAF Hospital, Thule Air Base, Greenland, as chief of dental services.
In September 1956 General Hombs was assigned to Sewart Air Force Base, Tenn., as base dental surgeon. In June 1958 he became deputy command dental surgeon, Air Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. He went to Albrook Air Force Base, Panama Canal Zone, in 1961 as dental surgeon, Caribbean Air Command.
In July 1963 he was assigned as chief of dental services, USAF Hospital, Carswell Air Force Base, Texas. In May 1965 General Hombs became command dental surgeon, Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and in June 1966 was assigned as command dental surgeon, Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
In January 1967 General Hombs was appointed deputy assistant surgeon general for dental services, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and in August 1970 he was appointed assistant surgeon general for dental services.
General Hombs is a fellow of the American College of Dentistry, a fellow of the International College of Dentistry, a member of the American Dental Association, and a life member of Delta Sigma Delta (professional fraternity).
He was promoted to the grade of major general effective Aug. 1, 1972, with date of rank July 1, 1969.