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Retired Aug. 1, 1970, Died Dec. 23, 1997

Lieutenant General Thomas Samuel Moorman is superintendent of the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo. The Air Force Academy provides instruction, experience and motivation to each cadet so that he will graduate with the knowledge, character and qualities needed for leadership that are essential to his progressive development as a career officer in the U.S. Air Force.

General Moorman was born at the Presidio of Monterey, Calif., in 1910. He attended John J. Phillips High School in Birmingham, Ala. In 1933 he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and entered the Air Corps flying training school at Randolph Field, Texas.

He earned his pilot wings in October 1934 and was assigned to the 4th Observation Squadron, 5th Composite Group at Luke Field, Hawaii. In July 1936, General Moorman was reassigned to the 97th Reconnaissance Squadron at Mitchel Field, N.Y. for a 12-month tour.

In 1937 General Moorman entered the field of meteorology, obtained a master of science degree from the California Institute of Technology and embarked on a sphere of activity which would dominate the next 20 years of his career. After a two-year assignment as Weather Officer at Randolph Field, Texas, he gained valuable information in meteorology through further study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In July 1941,General Moorman was assigned to Air Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he served as chief climatologist and assistant director of the Air Corps Research Center and liaison officer to the U.S. Weather Bureau. From May 1943 until December 1943, General Moorman was commanding officer of the 21st Weather Squadron, first at Bradley Field, Conn., and later in England.

General Moorman became staff weather officer and later director of weather for Ninth Air Force in the European Theater of Operations, a position he held from January 1944 until December 1944. From January 1945 until June 1945, he served as commanding officer of the 21st Weather Squadron and Staff Weather Officer for Ninth Air Force.

After V-J Day in 1945, General Moorman returned to the U.S. as deputy chief of staff for Air Weather Service. One year later he became air weather officer at Headquarters Army Air Forces and remained in that position until he entered the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

From July 1948 until June 1951, General Moorman served with the Far East Air Forces in Tokyo as commander of the 2143d Air Weather Wing (now the 1st Weather Wing), and upon his return to the United States he became deputy commander of the Air Weather Service at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

On April 22, 1954, his 16 years of weather operations culminated in his appointment as Air Weather Service commander, responsible for providing environmental support to the Air Force and Army through weather central forecast centers, base weather stations, observation sites, world-wide weather reconnaissance and atmospheric sampling.

Returning to the Far East in 1958, General Moorman assumed command of the Thirteenth Air Force at Clark Air Base, Philippines. He was responsible for air operations throughout Southeast Asia, as well as for the air defense of the Philippines in conjunction with the Philippine Air Force.

On July 28, 1961, General Moorman became vice commander in chief, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, and on July 1, 1965, General Moorman became superintendent of the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo.

Among his awards and decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal and the Air Medal.

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