Hinsdale Central High School

Roger Scheer

Membership level: Hall of Fame

Major General Roger Scheer

Inductee Year 2018
Major General Roger Scheer graduated from Hinsdale in 1952, where he was Junior class President, after which he attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, earning his degree in mechanical engineering.

General Scheer received his commission as a second lieutenant through the University’s Air Force ROTC program, earning his pilot wings in 1958, eventually flying out of Ramstein Air Base, West Germany, with the 514th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. Over the next few years, he served in various fighter squadrons. Notably, he flew 168 combat missions from 1965 to 1967 out of the Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand.

In 1970, he separated from active service to pursue a business career but renewed his military service in 1972 when he joined the Air Force Reserves at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. In 1978 he became commander of the 301st Tactical Fighter Wing at Carswell Air Force base in Texas, eventually rising through several positions to the rank of Major General, serving as chief of the Air Force Reserve at the U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington D.C. and commander of Headquarters Air Force Reserve, with full responsibility for the supervision of all Air Force Reserve units around the world. He retired in 1990 and in 1991 – 1993 he served as Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense.

A command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours, General Scheer has received countless decorations and awards, including the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Legion of Merit.

General Scheer and his wife Pamela (Pixie) make their home in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
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