WILLIAM J. MALL JR.
Retired Nov. 1, 1986.
Major General William J. Mall Jr.
is director of personnel plans, Office of the Deputy
Chief of Staff, Personnel, Headquarters U.S. Air Force,
Washington, D.C. He is responsible for all aspects of
personnel planning and policy to assure the Air Force of
the quantity and quality of trained, motivated people
necessary to meet its mission in either peace or war.
General Mail was born in 1933, in Pittsburgh where he
graduated from North Catholic High School. He graduated
from the University of Pittsburgh in 1954 with a
bachelor's degree in business administration. He earned
a master's degree in business administration from The
George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and
completed the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell
Air Force Base, Ala., in 1966. General Mall also
attended the Senior Managers in Government program at
Harvard University in 1980.
He began his military career with a commission as a
second lieutenant from the Reserve Officers' Training
Corps program at the University of Pittsburgh in 1954.
After graduation from pilot training at Greenville Air
Force Base, Miss., in September 1955, his first
assignment was to the 310th Strategic Bombardment Wing,
Schilling Air Force Base, Kan., where he flew aerial
tankers and strategic bombers. He then attended the Air
Command and Staff College from August 1965 until October
Following graduation General Mail was assigned to the
436th Military Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base, Del.,
as a C-141 pilot and later as chief of the wing airlift
command post. From December 1970 to January 1972, he was
stationed in the Republic of Vietnam at Bien Hoa and
Phan Rang air bases, and at Korat Royal Thai Air Force
Base, Thailand. During the Vietnam War, General Mall
flew more than 900 combat hours in three types of
aircraft. Upon his return to the United States in
January 1972, he was an operations staff officer
assigned to the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, Washington, D.C.
He returned to the Military Airlift Command in January
1974 as assistant deputy commander for operations and
later deputy commander for operations, 63rd Military
Airlift Wing at Norton Air Force Base, Calif. He
transferred to Scott Air Force Base, Ill., and from
November 1977 to May 1978, he was the inspector general
of the Military Airlift Command. He then returned to
Dover Air Force Base as commander of the 436th Military
Airlift Wing, the only all-C-5A wing in the Military
Airlift Command. He returned to Scott Air Force Base in
March 1979 as deputy chief of staff for personnel,
Headquarters Military Airlift Command and took command
of the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service there in
August 1981. In March 1983 he become the first commander
of Military Airlift Command's 23rd Air Force. He assumed
his present duties in September 1985.
The general is a command pilot with more than 7,000
flying hours. His military decorations and awards
include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit
with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious
Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with oak
leaf cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air
Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air
Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with two oak leaf
clusters, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense
Service Medal with service star, Vietnam Service Medal
with four service stars, Humanitarian Service Medal and
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm.
He was promoted to major general Aug. 1, 1982, with date
of rank May 1, 1979.
General Mall's hometown is Glenshuw, Pa.
(Current as of December 1985)