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First Name: Leon

Last Name: Salomon

Birthplace: Chicago, IL, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: E.

Date of Birth: 27 April 1936

Rank: General

Years Served: 1959-1996
Leon E. Salomon

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Leon E. Salomon
General, U.S. Army

Leon E. Salomon was born on 27 April 1936 in Chicago, IL. On completion of Infantry Officer Candidate School in 1959, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Florida and a Master of Science degree in Management Logistics from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology. His military education includes the Chemical Officer Advanced Course; the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

After serving three years as an Infantry Officer, Salomon transferred to the Chemical Corps in 1962. Following assignments as a Chemical School Instructor and responsibility for an inventory control point in Orleans, France, he became involved in his first assignment with Leveraging Technology as Chief of the Automated Logistics Tests for the Division Logistics Systems at Fort Hood, TX. After graduation from the Command and General Staff College (1969), a tour in Vietnam (1969-70), and graduate studies in logistics management at the Air Force Institute of Technology, he was again put to work developing automation systems to support logistics.

In 1974 he transferred to the Ordnance Corps and became Commander of the 19th Maintenance Battalion, 3rd Support Command, in Geisen, Germany. He later became Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics for the 3rd Armored Division in Frankfurt.

Following graduation from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1978, he was assigned to the Office of the Army Chief of Staff as the Chief of the Commercial Industrial Type Activity Team.

In 1980 he became the Director of Combat Services Support Systems. He became involved in the drafting of the new proponency regulation that resulted in the re-creation of the Branch Chief concept for Combat Service Support Branches. The end result was the reestablishment of the position of Chief of Ordnance and the rebirth of the Ordnance Corps under the Army Regimental Concept.

He next commanded the Division Support Command for the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood. After his tour there, he became the Deputy Commanding General, 21st Support Command, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Following his promotion to Brigadier General in 1986, he was named the Commandant of the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School at Aberdeen Proving Ground and the Chief of Ordnance. His next key assignments included Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Materiel Command (1988-89); Deputy Commanding General for Logistics U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, VA; Deputy Commanding General for Combined Arms Support, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command; Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee, VA; and Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Department of the Army. His career culminated in his last assignment as Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command, from 11 February 1994 to 27 March 1996.

General Leon E. Salomon retired from active Army service in 1996.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Distinguished Service Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Medal with Award Numeral 2
Army Commendation Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Army Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star
Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon with Award Numeral 2
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Army Meritorious Unit Commendation
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Expert Infantryman Badge
Army Aviator Badge
Army Staff Identification Badge

In Retirement

After retiring from the military, Salomon was elected to the GRC International Board of Directors. He also works as a logistics consultant, and is affiliated with Gary A. Dunbar, Inc. From 1996-98, he served as Vice President for Procurement and Logistics for Rubbermaid, and as Senior Vice President for Procurement at Rubbermaid from 1998-99. He is also on the Board of Directors for Global Security Management.

Honoree ID: 319   Created by: MHOH




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