BRIGADIER GENERAL FRED P. LEWIS
Retired effective Sept. 1, 2000
Brig. Gen. Fred P. Lewis is the director of weather, Deputy Chief of Staff
for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
He is responsible for developing doctrine, policy, requirements and standards
for weather support to the Air Force, Army, designated specified commands and
national programs. Ongoing efforts include a wall-to-wall, total force re-engineering
of the Air Force's weather functional area to significantly improve weather
support for operators worldwide.
The general was born in Cottonwood, Ariz. He entered the Air Force through
the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Arizona in 1972.
He commanded a weather squadron and computer systems group besides serving in
many weather and joint staff officer assignments. In December 1985 he became
the first Air Force weather officer selected for space shuttle duty, but never
flew due to the Challenger disaster. Prior to his current assignment, the general
was director of the Joint Transportation Corporate Information Management Center
at U.S. Transportation Command. His unit was responsible for improving the efficiency
and effectiveness of the defense transportation system by using process improvement
techniques and enhancing automated systems capabilities.
1972 Bachelor of science degree in physics, University of Arizona
1973 Basic meteorology program, University of Utah
1979 Doctor of philosophy in meteorology, University of Utah
1980 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1984 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
1990 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1. September 1972 - June 1973, student, basic meteorology program, University
2. June 1973 - June 1976, automated program designer, Air Force Global Weather
Central, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
3. June 1976 - July 1979, doctoral student, meteorology program, University
4. July 1979 - January 1981, assistant chief, numerical forecast section, Air
Force Global Weather Central, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
5. January 1981 - December 1982, officer in charge, weather forecast models
unit, Air Force Global Weather Central, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
6. January 1983 - January 1984, officer in charge, Operating Location B, Detachment
15, 30th Weather Squadron, Suwon Air Base, South Korea
7. January 1984 - July 1984, student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
8. August 1984 - May 1986, assistant chief, Environmental Services Branch, Headquarters
Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
9. May 1986 - July 1987, vice commander, U.S. Air Force Environmental Technical
Applications Center, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
10. July 1987 - August 1989, commander, 26th Weather Squadron, Barksdale Air
Force Base, La.
11. August 1989 - June 1990, student, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base,
12. June 1990 - October 1990, deputy chief of staff, automation support, Airlift
Communications Division, Headquarters Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force
13. October 1990 - August 1992, commander, 1500th Computer Systems Group, Scott
Air Force Base, Ill.
14. August 1992 - February 1994, chief, Weather Division, U.S. Transportation
Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
15. March 1994 - July 1996, director, Joint Transportation Corporate Information
Management Center, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
16. July 1996 - present, director of weather, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air
and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington,
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant Jan 26, 1972
First Lieutenant Jul 26, 1974
Captain Jul 26, 1976
Major Oct 1, 1983
Lieutenant Colonel Mar 1, 1986
Colonel Oct 1, 1989
Brigadier General Sep 1, 1996
(Current as of July 1999)