Retired July 1, 1989.
Major General William L. Doyle Jr. is deputy chief of staff for intelligence, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
General Doyle was born in Hartford, Conn., in 1933. He moved to California in 1943 and graduated in 1950 from Santa Clara High School, Oxnard. He earned a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of Southern California in 1955 and a master's degree in history from Creighton University in 1967. The general completed Air Command and Staff College in 1965, and Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1975.
He earned his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program and entered the Air Force in August 1955. His initial assignment was to Biggs Air Force Base, Texas, where he served as an intelligence officer with the 1st Strategic Support Squadron, and the 95th and 97th Bombardment wings. In November 1958 General Doyle was assigned to SAC headquarters in the Target Development Branch and with the initial Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff. This tour of duty was followed by an assignment in May 1961 to Headquarters 16th Air Force, Torrejon Air Base, Spain, as an air targets officer and in reconnaissance management.
After completing Air Command and Staff College in June 1965, General Doyle returned to SAC headquarters, serving there until October 1967. During this period he served as an air targets officer with additional duties with the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff. For the next year he was assigned as a B-52 targets officer with Headquarters Military Assistance Command-Vietnam at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. In October 1968 he transferred to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., as assistant executive officer to the assistant chief of staff, intelligence, and as the director of Soviet affairs, Air Force Intelligence Service. During the latter assignment he organized the U.S. Air Force Soviet Awareness Program. While in Washington, General Doyle completed Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
The general returned to SAC headquarters in August 1977 as assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence. In February 1979 he was named deputy director for the National Strategic Target List, Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff, at Offutt. He assumed his present duties in November 1982.
His military decorations and awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Joint Service Commendation Medal. In January 1988 General Doyle was presented with the 1987 Eugene M. Zuckert Management Award. The award is named in honor of the former secretary of the Air Force, and is presented annually to recognize outstanding management achievements by an Air Force general officer or senior executive service civilian.
He was promoted to major general Aug. 1, 1984, with date of rank Nov. 1, 1980.