Retired June 1, 1986.
Major General Stuart H. Sherman Jr. is deputy assistant secretary of defense, guard/reserve manpower and personnel, Washington, D.C. He serves as the principal staff assistant and adviser to the assistant secretary of defense (reserve affairs) with specific responsibility for the overall supervision of reserve component manpower and personnel matters in the Department of Defense.
General Sherman was born in 1932, in Lenoir, N.C. He graduated from high school at the Georgia Military Academy, College Park, in 1949 and the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., in 1953 with a bachelor of science degree and a commission in the U.S. Air Force. General Sherman earned master of science degrees in astronautical engineering and instrumentation engineering in 1960 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, through the Air Force Institute of Technology program. He is a 1966 graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va., and a 1972 graduate of the National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
His first assignment after graduation from the academy was as an aircraft maintenance officer with the 305th Bombardment Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. From April 1955 to August 1958, General Sherman was assigned to the Strategic Air Command's B-52 and KC-135 operational engineering program at Castle Air Force Base, Calif.
After completing graduate school in September 1960, General Sherman was assigned to SAC headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., as an astronautical engineer on the Atlas, Titan and Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile systems. From 1963 to 1964, he served as director of programs for the 4000th Support Group also at Offutt. He next established and headed the Astronautic Technology and Applications Office in the Directorate of Plans at SAC headquarters. In January 1966 General Sherman entered the Armed Forces Staff College.
He transferred to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., in August 1966 as chief of the Missile Branch in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Research and Development. From July 1969 to August 1971, General Sherman was executive assistant to the undersecretary of the Air Force. He then attended the National War College.
From July to November 1972, the general was vice commander of the 91st Strategic Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. He then took command of the 321st Strategic Missile Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. General Sherman returned to SAC headquarters in February 1974 as deputy chief of staff for civil engineering, and in February 1975 was named deputy chief of staff for engineering and services.
In July 1975 he took command of the 1st Strategic Aerospace Division at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. General Sherman served as the Air Force director of manpower and organization, and commander of the Air Force Management Engineering Agency at Headquarters U.S. Air Force from December 1977 to August 1980. In June 1978 the Directorate of Manpower and Organization was assigned to the new deputy chief of staff for manpower and personnel. The Air Force Management Engineering Agency remained under General Sherman's technical direction and supervision.
He then became commandant of the Air Force Institute of Technology and the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management, both located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The Air Force Institute of Technology is the Air Force's full spectrum institute that conducts professional continuing education and degree programs from baccalaureate through doctoral levels in engineering and science, systems and logistics management, and civil engineering. In September 1982 General Sherman became the staff director for the Fifth Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation which was chaired by the assistant secretary of defense (manpower, installations and logistics). Title 37, U.S. Code, requires a review of the principles, concepts and existing structure of the compensation system for the uniformed services every four years. The fifth ORMC reported out its findings and recommendations to the secretary of defense and the president in early 1984. He assumed his present duties in September 1984.
His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters. He also wears the Master Missile Badge.
He was promoted to major general Feb. 24, 1978, with date of rank July 1, 1974.