A 1962 graduate of Gallatin R-5 High School was promoted to the rank of Major General in the U.S. Air Force. Dick Paul, son of Bob and Jane Ann Paul, was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to become a 2-star general.
At the time of his promotion, Paul was assigned as the Director of Science and Technology at Headquarters, Air Force Material Command in Dayton, Ohio. In this capacity, he was responsible for planning the Air Force’s annual $1.5 billion technology program which was carried out in four Air Force research laboratories in Ohio, New York, New Mexico and Texas. Paul previously commanded the Wright Laboratory which involved a work force of over 2,500 people at Dayton, including 1,700 scientists and engineers.
The Air Force’s four laboratories conduct research in areas ranging from advanced materials to lasers to advanced aircraft and rocket engines so that the Air Force can keep the technological edge over potential adversaries. The end of the Cold War brings new technological challenges with respect to reapidly deployig forces from the Unties States to Third World locations and operating for extended periods of time. The labs sponsor extensive research with universities and industries across the country to assure the best minds in the nation are focused on innovative solutions to these problems.
At the time of this promotion, Dick and his wife, Joyce, were living on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. Their son, David, had just completed paramedic training in New Mexico and was employed as an Emergency Medical Technician in Silver City, NM.
— from the Gallatin North Missourian