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military officer , financial services executive

Robert Tralles Herres, American financial services executive, retired military officer. Achievements include becoming the first vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1987. Decorated Defense Distinguished Service medal, Distinguished Service medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service medal, Air medal, Air Force Commendation medal.


Herres, Robert Tralles was born on December 1, 1932 in Denver, Colorado, United States. Son of F. Willard and Edna Margaret (Tralles) Herres.


Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1954. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1960. Master of Public Administration, George Washington University, 1965.

Graduate, Air Command & Staff College. Graduate, Industrial College Armed Forces.


Commissioned Second lieutenant United States Air Force, 1954, retired, 1990, advanced through ranks to general, 1984. Astronaut designate chief flight crew division Department Of Defense Manned Orbiting Laboratory, 1967. Vice Commander 449th Bombardment Wing, Kincheloe Air Force Base, Michigan, 1971, Commander, 1971—1973, 310th Strategic Wing, U-Tapao Royal Thai Naval Airfield, Thailand, 1973, Air Force Communications Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, 1979—1981, 8th Air Force, Barksdale Air Force Base, 1981—1982.

Director command, control & communications systems The Joint Staff, 1982. Commander North America Aerospace Defense Command (North America Air Defense), 1984—1985. 1st Commander in chief United States Space Command, 1985—1987.

Vice chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, 1987—1990. President property & casualty division United Services Automobile Association, 1990, president, chief operating officer, 1992, chairman, Chief Executive Officer, 1993-2000, chairman, 2000—2002.


  • Achievements include becoming the first vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1987.


Chairman National Board Junior Achievement, 1999. Member Neighboring Housing Services American, Atlantic Council. Member national executive board Boy Scouts American.

Trustee Trinity University, San Antonio. National advisory council Fannie Mae, 1999-2000. Member National Association Indiana Insurers (chairman 2000), American Institute Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (board directors), Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (chairman 1998-1999), Insurance Information Institute (chairman 1999), National Mentoring Partnership, Naval Academy Endowment Trust, USNA Foundation, Air Force Academy Foundation.


Married Shirley Jean Sneckner, April 16, 1957. Children: Julie Latenser, Michael, Jennifer Babeon.

F. Willard Herres

Edna Margaret (Tralles) Herres

Shirley Jean Sneckner

Julie Latenser Herres

Michael Herres

Jennifer Babeon Herres