Kelley, Robert E.

Robert E. Kelley

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Oral History Session #1
April 5, 2004
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Sandra Stewart Holyoak
Shaun Illingworth
Michael Miranda
Transcript Production Team:
Domingo Duarte
Patrick Clark Barnes
Miles Lipsky
Justin Jernigan
Alexander Toth
Shaun Illingworth
Robert E. Kelley
Sandra Stewart Holyoak

Recommended Citation:
Kelley, Robert E. Oral History Interview, April 5, 2004, by Sandra Stewart Holyoak, Shaun Illingworth and Michael Miranda, Page #, Rutgers Oral History Archives. Online: Insert URL (Last Accessed: Insert Date).

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Lt. Gen. Kelley served as a jet fighter pilot (flying F-100s and F-104s) in Germany during the Cold War in the late 1950s and 1960s, including service during the Berlin Crisis. He served in Vietnam, first, as a F-4E pilot, completing 119 missions with the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, then, as the Executive Officer of the 7th Air Force Tactical Air Control Center. Lt. Gen. Kelley later served as the ninth Superintendent of the US Air Force Academy from 1981 to 1983 (having previously served on its faculty in the mid-1960s). He also developed the US Air Force's Fighter Force Modernization Strategy for the 1980s and served as commander of the USAF Tactical Fighter Weapons Center (1979-81) and Vice Commander of Tactical Air Command (1983-86).