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Robert T. Herres

Robert T. Herres

Vice Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Class of 1954
  • Vice Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1987-1990



General Herres was born in 1932, in Denver, where he attended East High School. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1954. The general earned master's degrees in electrical engineering and public administration from the Air Force Institute of Technology and The George Washington University, respectively. He completed Air Command and Staff College in 1965 and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1971.

Upon graduation from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1960 he transferred to Europe, where he served as a technical intelligence analyst and, later, as a flying training supervisor.

Upon completion of Air Command and Staff College in 1965, General Herres joined the Air University staff to instruct in weapons employment planning until entering training at the Aerospace Research Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

General Herres was a command pilot and was qualified for the Senior Missile, Air Traffic Controller and Space badges. His military decorations and awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal.

He was promoted to general Aug. 1, 1984, with same date of rank. General Robert T. Herres served as vice chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C. from February 6, 1987 until February 28, 1990, when he retired. General Herres passed away July 24, 2008.

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