Retired Aug. 1, 1981.
Major General Robert B. Tanguy is commandant of the Armed Forces Staff College, located in Norfolk, Va. The college is operated by the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
General Tonguy is a native of Logansport, Ind. After two years of enlisted service in the U.S. Army, he entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and graduated in 1952 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering and commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.
After receiving his pilot wings in February 1953, General Tanguy served for three years as an instructor pilot at Bryan Air Force Base, Texas, and then as a B-47 aircraft commander with the Strategic Air Command at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.
He graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College in 1966 and the National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., in 1970, concurrently earning a master's degree in international affairs from The George Washington University.
In April 1960 he became aide-de-camp to the commanding general, 7th Air Division, High Wycombe Air Station, England. He returned to the United States in September 1961 and was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., as a staff officer in the Directorate of Operational Requirements. The following year General Tanguy left to attend the Experimental Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and in June 1963 was assigned as an F-4C Category III Test Project officer at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. While assigned at MacDill he also served as a flight commander and squadron operations officer.
Following graduation from the Armed Forces Staff College in August 1966, General Tanguy left for the Republic of Vietnam where he commanded the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Da Nang Air Base and flew 186 combat missions in F-4s during his one-year tour of duty.
He served in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Office of Legislative Liaison, Congressional Investigations Division in Washington, D.C., until August 1969 when he entered the National War College. - - U.S. Air Force Link Biography.