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Updated: 14 Jan 2003

Memorandum Number: No. 076-M

March 23, 1995


Secretary of Defense William Perry today announced the appointment of Major General Russell C. Davis as Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau. General Davis is currently the commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard. Effective date of his appointment has not yet been determined.

General Davis was born October 22, 1938, in Tuskegee, Ala., and graduated from Tuskegee Institute High School in 1956. He earned a bachelor's degree in general education from the University of Nebraska in Omaha in 1963. He later attended graduate and law school at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, receiving a juris doctor degree 1969. His military education includes Squadron Officer School (1964), Air Command and Staff College (1973), and Industrial College of the Armed Forces (1979).

General Davis began his military career in December 1958 when he joined the U.S. Air Force as an aviation cadet. Upon completion of undergraduate pilot training he was commissioned a second lieutenant in March 1960. He was then assigned to Lincoln Air Force Base, Neb., where he flew and served until his release from active duty in April 1965, at which point he joined the Iowa National Guard.

In February 1980 the general became executive to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Following this assignment, he joined the District of Columbia Air National Guard in January 1982 and assumed duties as wing commander in February 1982. One month later he took over his civil service position as air commander. General Davis served in both positions, wing and air commander, until July 1990, when he became the Air National Guard assistant to the commander, Tactical Air Command. He served in this role until December 1991, when he assumed his present position as commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard.

General Davis is a command pilot with more than 4,700 flying hours in the B-47, T-33, F-89, F-84, F-100, A-7, F-4 and F-16 aircraft. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with one bronze oak leaf cluster, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster and the Army Commendation Medal.

He was promoted and federally recognized as a major general on Aug. 3, 1990.

General Davis and his wife, the former Shirley A. Kimble of Aberdeen, Md., live in Falls Church, Va. They have a son, Tyree, and a daughter, Pamela.