Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force
Major General Bernard L. Weiss

Jewish Generals and Admirals in America's Military

Major General Bernard L Weiss:
Commander of the Air Force
Contract Management Division

by Seymour “Sy” Brody

Major General Bernard L. Weiss was the commander of the Air Force Contract Management Division, Air Force Systems Command, Kirkland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

Weiss was born September 9, 1933, in the Bronx, New York. His parents, Lillian and Max Weiss, were in the gift packing business. They moved to Fair Lawn, New Jersey, where he completed high school in 1951.

In 1955, Weiss received a B.S. degree, cum laude in Education and Political Science, from New York University. He went to Syracuse University and received his Master of Business Administration, with honors, 1966, through the Air Force Institute of Technology. He graduated from the Industrial College of Armed Forces, Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. in 1974. He graduated the Advanced Management Program for Executives, University of Michigan, in June 1978.

Weiss entered the U.S. Air Force in May 1956. His career in the U.S. Air Force spanned more than 32 years. His first assignment was to serve as administrative contracting officer at the New York Air Procurement District, in New York City. In 1958, he was transferred as base procurement officer to the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Station, Wethersfield, England. On October 1960, he became chief of the Systems Management Division, Headquarters Air Defense Command, Ent Air Force Base, Colorado.

Weiss was assigned to the Pentagon for ten years where he found himself in contact with members of the House and Senate. He worked directly with the CEOs of 27 major defense companies resolving disputes, developing plans to correct major problems in the contract, cost, quality and schedule.

Bernard Weiss was promoted to major general on April 1985, with the date of rank March 1, 1981.

After his retirement, his experience was as a corporate officer, vice president and general manager of the Sundstrand Corporation in Rockford, Illinois and Redmond, Washington. Weiss developed a “Corporate Ethics Manual,” training programs, ethic hot lines and investigative procedures.

Awards and decorations:
● Distinguished Service Medal
● Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
● Meritorious Service Medal
● Joint Service Commendation Medal
● Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
● Army Commendation Medal
● Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Medal

Weiss and his wife, Helene, have moved 20 times in his military and industrial careers before settling in Florida. They have three children, two boys and a girl, and 8 grandchildren.

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