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Gen Edwin William Rawlings
Birth: Sep. 11, 1904
Redwood County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Dec. 8, 1997
King County
Washington, USA

US Air Force General and Business Magnate. He attended Hamline University, Saint Paul, Minnesota, on an athletic scholarship and graduated in 1927 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics. He entered the US Army Air Corps Reserve and became a flying cadet in February 1929. Assigned to Luke Field, Hawaii, he directed the construction of the Fort Schafter Flying Field, Honolulu, Hawaii. In 1935, he was transferred to Wright-Patterson Field (now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base), Dayton, Ohio, and served as assistant chief of the administration branch, material division. In 1939, he earned a master's degree at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration and was then reassigned to Wright-Patterson Field, where he performed duties as the assistant budget officer, chief of production resources section. He was then selected to head the aircraft scheduling unit in 1943, where he was charged with scheduling the material and critical components of maintaining wartime production for the entire military aircraft industry. In 1946, he was assigned to Headquarters Air Force, Washington, DC, to assist with organizing the newly created office of the comptroller and became the first Air Force comptroller. He assumed command of the Air Material Command (now Air Force Material Command) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1951, where he was responsible for the Air Force's procurement and logistics efforts, accomplished through his new management methods, concepts, and philosophy. He held this position for seven years before retiring in 1959 with 30 years active duty and reserve military service. He was promoted to the rank of general on February 19, 1954, becoming one of the Air Force's youngest four-star generals. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross, which he received in 1930 for his role in the rescue of an aircrew downed in the Pacific Ocean, and the Soldier's Medal, awarded to him in 1954 for rescuing his pilot who was lying underneath a B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft that caught fire after landing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. After leaving the Air Force, he worked for General Mills, rising to become president and board chairman, where he introduced corporate social responsibility and adapted the Delphi method for corporate strategic planning. He retired from General Mills in 1969. The General Edwin W. Rawlings Award, an annual award to recognize an outstanding technician or manager in environmental matters, is named in his honor. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery
Colorado Springs
El Paso County
Colorado, USA
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Record added: Apr 25, 2007
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