Robert E. Sadler
Major General, United States Air Force
Courtesy of the United States Air Force
Retired July 1979, Died April 9, 1988.
Major General Robert E. Sadler was commander
of the Air Force Communications Service. From its headquarters at Scott
Air Force Base, Illinois, AFCS manages Air Force responsibilities for programming,
engineering, installation, operation and
Born in 1925 in Eagle Grove, Iowa, General Sadler graduated from Clinton High School, Clinton, Iowa, in 1942, and joined the Enlisted Reserve Corps in 1943. In September of that year, General Sadler entered active service as an aviation cadet and was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduation from navigator training at Hondo Army Air Field, Texas, in February 1945. After attending radar school at Victorville, California, General Sadler was assigned to operational flying units with B-29 aircraft at Alamogordo, Clovis and Roswell, New Mexico.
He graduated from the aircraft observer/bombardier school at Mather Field, California, in October 1947, a member of the first class of triple-rated observers, and subsequently served as executive officer for the director of training of that school.
From December 1948 to September 1950 and from
July 1951 to August 1955, General Sadler served in a variety of assignments
and positions as an editor and editorial director of Air Force training
publications pertaining to flying and flying
In August 1955, General Sadler was selected
to attend the Royal Canadian Air Force Specialist Navigation School at
Winnipeg as an exchange student. July 1956 brought reassignment to the
U.S. Air Force Academy where, serving as chief of
In July of 1961, General Sadler was transferred
to Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, for his first tour of duty with the
then newly formed Air Force Communications Service. Assigned to the headquarters,
he served first as chief of equipment engineering and
General Sadler graduated from the Air War College,
Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in June 1967, and was assigned to the
directorate of Command Control and Communications, Headquarters U.S. Air
Force, Washington, D.C. While with
During 1970 and 1971, General Sadler held a
triadic position while assigned in the Republic of Vietnam. He was deputy
commander of Southeast Asia Communications Region (mainland), deputy chief
of Staff for communications-electronics for
In July 1971, he assumed command of AFCS' Northern Communications Area, with headquarters at Griffiss Air Force Base, New York. During this tour, he was nominated for promotion to brigadier general. In August of 1972, he was named director, communications-electronics (J-6) for the U.S. Readiness Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. General Sadler became the vice commander of AFCS, which by that time was headquartered at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Missouri, in March 1974.
In August of 1974, General Sadler returned
to Washington, D.C., for duty as deputy director of command control and
communications, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs and Resources,
Headquarters U.S. Air Force. Ten months
His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster and valor device. General Sadler is a master navigator.
He was promoted to the grade of major general
June 1, 1975, with date of rank July 1, 1972.