LIEUTENANT GENERAL JOHN R.
Retired May 1, 1979.
Lieutenant General John R. Kelly Jr., is the Air Force deputy
chief of staff for logistics and engineering. In this position, he
is one of the senior policy advisers to the Air Force chief of
General Kelly is responsible for the planning, management and
logistics readiness of all Air Force weapon systems. Logistics
support includes aircraft and missile maintenance, repair, supply
and transportation. He exercises supervision and management over
activities of more than 300,000 military and civilian
logisticians. He also supervises Air Force support and
participation in the U.S. foreign military sales program.
He is responsible for worldwide management of Air Force programs
involving design, construction, maintenance and operation of more
than $17 billion in real property. This includes the acquisition
and disposal of real estate, the providing of fire protection and
the development of engineering standards and criteria.
His responsibilities also encompass overall supervision of
services activities which include commissary and management of all
family, bachelor and transient housing.
More than a third of the Air Force annual budget is allocated to
logistics, engineering and services. In addition, more than 40
percent of all Air Force people work in these areas.
A native of Philadelphia, General Kelly graduated from Overbrook
High School in Philadelphia and attended Drexel Institute of
Technology. He is a graduate of the Air Tactical School, the Air
Command and Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed
General Kelly began his military career in 1943, during World War
II, when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and entered aviation
cadet training. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the
Army Air Forces in January 1944 and was assigned as a pilot at
several airfields in the United States. From June 1945 to November
1947, he was a B-29 bomber pilot in the Pacific.
After the war, he served at several bases as a pilot and a
maintenance officer before entering the Air Command and Staff
College in 1958. General Kelly has held key logistics positions at
Headquarters Strategic Air Command, the Atomic Energy Commission,
and in the Office of the Inspector General. He was vice commander
of a strategic bomber wing in Massachusetts and later commander of
bomber wings in Maine and California.
In 1973 he became deputy chief of staff, logistics for U.S. Air
Forces in Europe and in 1974 became commander of the San Antonio
Air Logistics Center at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. He was
assigned to Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon in July 1977 as
assistant deputy chief of staff, systems and logistics and in
October became the deputy chief of staff. On July 1, 1978 the
deputate was reorganized; Air Force engineering and services
activities were added; and he was designated the deputy chief of
staff, logistics and engineering.