Lieutenant General Paul Stanley Emrick was chief of staff of the Pacific Command, a joint service command responsible for U.S. military actions in the Pacific area.
Paul Emrick was born in West Lafayette, Ind., attended local schools and graduated in 1938 from Purdue University with a bachelor of science degree in engineering and a military commission.
He entered flight training the same year and in June 1939 graduated from advanced training at Kelly Field, Texas. In June 1939, he joined the 26th Attack Squadron, Wheeler Field, Hawaii, and in January 1940 assumed pilot and squadron duties with the 31st Bomber Squadron, Hickam Field, Hawaii. He returned to the States in July 1941 for duty in Texas with the Army Air Force Training Command.
In March 1942, he went to Army Air Force Headquarters as executive officer, Directorate of Bombardment. In that assignment he assisted in planning for U.S. bomber forces operating in the United Kingdom, Africa and the South Pacific.
In July 1943, Emrick was assigned to the 58th Bomber Wing, Marietta, Ga., nucleus and forerunner of the famed Twentieth Air Force. Salina, Kan., and the China-Burma-India Theater were the next stops for Emrick as chief, Strategic Section of the 20th Bomber Command between November 1943 and August 1944. Then General Emrick became chief, Special Projects Section, 20th Bomber Command, serving in that capacity until December 1944.
In January 1945, he joined the 21st Bomber Command as deputy chief of staff, plans, and moved in the same capacity to the newly formed Twentieth Air Force, both in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.
General Emrick returned to Headquarters, Army Air Force, Washington, D.C., in October 1945 as assistant to the deputy chief of the air staff for research and development. General Emrick participated in development of the B-52 Stratofortress and the formation of Project Rand. Read a synopsis of Project Rand and the Rand Corporation. https://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P5737.html
In October 1947, he became deputy to the assistant for programming, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and assisted in developing plans for Air Force expansion which were put into effect in Korea in 1950.
General Emrick was transferred in August 1950 to London as a staff planning officer for the build-up of NATO military forces. In June 1951, he was sent to Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Wiesbaden, Germany, and served as chief of the Programming Division. In June 1952, he went to Paris, France, as senior military member on the Plans and Policy Staff of the U.S. Special Representative in Europe.
Returning to the States in October 1953, he was assigned to MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. After serving on the 6th Air Division Staff, he became commander of the 306th Bomber Wing at MacDill in July 1954. In February 1956, he assumed command of the 6th Air Division at MacDill. In January 1958, he became inspector general for the Strategic Air Command.
He was named deputy director of plans for SAC in June 1959. In October 1959, he was named deputy director, Net Evaluation Subcommittee, National Security Council and in April 1962, he became director for Plans and Policy, Joint Staff, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.
In May 1965, General Emrick received a presidential appointment to his present position, chief of staff of the Pacific Command.
The general's decorations include the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal. He is rated a command pilot.
1939–1939, 18th Pursuit Group, Schofield Barracks
1939–1940, 26th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
1940–1941, 31st Bombardment Squadron
1941–1942, USAAF Training Command
1942–1943, USAAF Headquarters
1943–1944, XX Bomber Command
1943–1944, 58th Bombardment Wing, Very Heavy
1945–1945, 20th Air Force
1945–1945, XXI Bomber Command
1945–1947, Headquarters Command (HQ USAF)
1950–1951, United States Air Forces in Europe (COMUSAFE/USAFE)
1951–1953, 6th Air Division
1954–1956, 306th Bombardment Wing
1956–1958, 6th Air Division
1958–1959, Inspector General (IGSAC), Strategic Air Command (SAC)
1959–1959, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
1962–1965, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Artifacts: Lt. General Dress Blues, Visor, DOD Distinguished Service Medal, Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
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