Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1955. Master of Science in aeronautics, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1961. Graduate, Air Force Command and Staff College, 1964.
Graduate, Industrial College of Armed Forces, 1973.
Advanced through grades to Lieutenant general, 1983; instructor pilot 3505th Pilot Training Squadron, Greenville Air Force Base, Mississippi, 1956-1960; chief liquid rocket section, Air Force Systems Command, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, 1961-1964; operations staff officer, Office of Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans, Headquarters Air Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, 1965-1967; aircraft commander, 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, Da Nang Air Base, Vietnam, 1967-1968; staff officer, fighter division, Office of Assistant Chief of Staff, Studies and Analysis, Washington, 1968-1972; deputy commander operations, 474th Tactical Fighter Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, 1973-1974; vice commander 474th Tactical Fighter Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, 1975; special assistant to commander Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, 1975-1976; commander 2d Aircraft Delivery Group, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, 1976-1977; commander 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho., 1977-1978; commander 832d Air Division, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, 1978-1980; assistant deputy chief of staff plans, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, 1980; deputy chief of staff for plans, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, 1980-1981; commander 1st Air Force, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, 1981-1983; deputy commander in chief United Nations Command Korea, Seoul, 1983-1985; director Defense Nuclear Agency, Washington, 1985-1987; retired, 1987; president, Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturers Association, 1988-1993; consultant, South Carolina., since 1993.
Board of directors United Service Organizations, Seoul, 1983-1985, United States/Republic of Korea Friendship Organisation, Seoul, 1983-1985, Integrated Circuit Systems, since 1994. Member of the United States Air Force Association (certified of honor 1977).
Married Mary Kay Oseland, August 25, 1956. Children— John Oseland, Mary Patricia Pickitt Farmer.