Lt. Col Herbet E. "Gene" Carter

Courtesy Air Force Institute of Technology
Courtesy Air Force Institute of Technology

Lieutenant Colonel Herbert E. Carter, United States Air Force (retired) is a veteran fighter pilot and was a member of the original cadre of the 99th Fighter Squadron of the Tuskegee Airmen. He flew combat missions during the North African, Sicilian, Italian, and European campaigns of World War II. During an 18 month combat tour, he flew 77 operational missions against the German and Italian Air Forces.

His unit, the 99th Fighter Squadron and other squadrons of the 332nd Fighter Group, compiled an outstanding record of performance in tactical air and ground support of Allied Armies, including destroying 17 German aircraft over Anzio Beach during the Allied Forces invasion of Northern Italy.

During his distinguished military career, Lt Col Carter flew five different types of fighter aircraft, including the Mach II F-106 Fighter Interceptor. His assignments included Fighter Pilot, European Theater, 1943-1945; Group Maintenance Officer, 332nd Fighter-Bomber Group, Lockbourne AFB, Ohio, 1945-1948; Flight Test Maintenance Officer, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, 1948-1950; Professor, Air Science and Commander, AFROTC Detachment 15, Tuskegee Institute, 1950-1955; Instructor Pilot and Technical Training Officer , German Pilot Conversion Program, 1955-1959; Chief of Maintenance, 27th Fighter Interceptor Squadron Loring AFB, Maine, 1963-1965; and Professor, Aerospace Studies, AFROTC Detachment 15, Tuskegee University, 1965-1969.

Among his prestigious military decorations are: the Air Medal (4 OLC), Air Force Commendation Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, European Theater Medal (5 Service Stars), National Defense Medal (1 Service Star), and the Air Force Longevity Award (5 OLC).

On 6 June 2004, the President of the French Republic, Jacque Chirac announced that Herbert E. Carter, Lt Col, USAF (retired) had been chosen for Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, France's highest prestigious award and most coveted distinction in the world. The award was for "outstanding service rendered France during the Second World War."

Lt Col Carter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1955 and a Masters degree in Education in 1969 from Tuskegee University.

After his Air Force retirement, he served at Tuskegee University as Assistant Dean for Student Services and Associate Dean for Admissions and Recruiting. Some of his professional affiliations include member of the Presidential Scholars Review Committee, American Association/Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and a former member of the Board of Trustees, St. Andrews School, St. Andrews, Tennessee.

From 1984 to present, Lt Col Carter serves as a Consultant for Student Recruitment and Admissions, College Board, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey. He also serves as the President of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Lt Col Carter is married to Mrs. Mildred L. Hemmons Carter, a pilot who is also counted among the famed Airmen.

Information courtesy Air Force Institute of Technology