Title: Air Force Officer (Retired)
Company: Space Division, Air Force Systems Command
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
Lt. Gen. Richard Charles Henry, Retired Air Force Officer for the Space Division of the Air Force Systems Command, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the military space programs.
Lt. Gen. Richard Henry grew up on a farm. In 1949, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the U.S Military Academy and began service as a commissioned 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Shortly after he met his wife, Cheryl Dee Barton, they were married. While in the Air Force, Lt. Gen. Henry earned a Master of Science from the University of Michigan in 1954. Deciding to make a career out of his service, Lt. Gen. Henry began working on the Gemini Program as a control manager for the Manned Spacecraft Center in 1964 until Vietnam in 1967. He served as an operational commander for the Tactical Fighter Operation in the Unites States and Vietnam from 1967 to 1972. In 1972 to 1974, Lt. Gen. Henry provided his services as the command inspector general with Tactical Air Command. From there, he became the vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Organization (SAMSO) for two years and moved on to the position of director of development and acquisitions at the U.S. Air Force Headquarters until 1978. From there, he was promoted to lieutenant general of the Air Force Space Division, where he remained until he retired from service in 1983. Upon completion of his service, Lt. Gen. Henry became the senior vice president of Brown and Root, USA, Inc. from 1988 to 1990.
The highlights of Lt. Gen. Henry’s career were building an airplane, flying until 1984 and his time with SAMSO. He is also an elder at his local Methodist Church. As a testament to his illustrious career, Lt. Gen. Henry received numerous military decorations including a Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, a Legion of Merit, a Distinguished Flying Cross, a Meritorious Service Medal, an Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters, an Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, a Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm and a Sustained Superior Performance Award from NASA. Furthermore, he has been listed in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America.
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