Bachelor of Arts in History, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1941. Juris Doctor, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1949. Doctor of Laws, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1974.
Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Akron, 1979. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Nebraska, 1981.
Second in command Lieutenant, United States Army Air Force, 1942; advanced through grades to general, United States Army Air Force, 1973; assignments in the United States, Australia, New Guinea, Philippines, England, United States Army Air Force, 1942-1963; commander, 315th Air Division, Tachikawa Air Base, Japan, 1963-1965; deputy director, J-5 Organisation Joint Chiefs Staff, 1965-1967; director plans, also assistant department cheif staff Plans and Operations, Headquarters United States Air Force, 1967-1969; commander, 9th Air Force, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina., 1969-1970; vice commander in chief, United States Air Force Europe, Wiesbaden, Germany, 1970-1971; commander, 6th Allied Tactical Air Force, Izmir, Turkey, 1971-1972; commander, Airsouth, Naples, Italy, 1972-1973; vice chief staff, United States Air Force, Washington, 1973-1975; commander Allied Air Forces in Center Europe, commander-in-chief United States Air Force in Europe, Ramstein, Federal Republic Germany, 1975-1977; commander-in-chief SAC and director Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, 1977-1989.
Board Trustees Dickinson Law School. Member Air Force Association, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe Association, Order Daedalians, Order Carabao, Order Freemasons, Military Order of the World Wars, Phi Kappa Sigma.
Married Margaret Parry Wolcott, August 23, 1947. Children: Richard Hastings, Mary Elsie. 1 adopted son, Josiah Wolcott.