|Brigadier General Amos'
last billet was Deputy Director for Operations, National Military
Command Center, J-3, Joint Staff, Organization of the JCS, Washington,
General Amos was born in Culpeper, Virginia. Upon graduation from
Virginia Military Institute, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in
June 1965 through the Platoon Leaders Class program. After completing
The Basic School at Quantico, Va., in January 1966, he was assigned as
a platoon commander with the 2d Combat Engineer Battalion, 2d Marine
Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C. In October 1966, he reported to flight
school, NAS Pensacola, Fla., and was designated a Naval Aviator on
November 9, 1967.
Assigned to HMH-462, MCAS El Toro, Calif, from December 1967 to January
1968, General Amos qualified in the CH-53A. He was subsequently
transferred to HMH-463 at Marble Mountain, Vietnam, serving as the
Maintenance Administrative Officer until April 1968. He was reassigned
as the Assistant Operations Officer for HMM-163 until the squadron's
return to CONUS in September 1968, and completed his tour serving as
the Assis-tant Operations Officer for MAG-16.
Following his tour in Vietnam, General Amos returned to the 2d Marine
Division and served consecutively as the Air Liaison Officer for the 2d
Marines; Air Liaison Officer for the 1st Battalion, 2d Marines and for
the 2d Battalion, 8th Marines in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
In June 1970, he completed the Amphibious Warfare School at Quantico,
and was assigned to HMH-362. The following June, was assigned as the
Assistant Operations Officer for HNM-263 and deployed to the
Mediterranean. Upon his return, he was assigned as the Personnel
Officer of MAG-26 until June 1974, when ordered to HMH-462, Futenma,
Okinawa. Serving as the squadron S-4 and S-1, he participated in the
evacuation of Phnom Pehn, Cambodia, and Saigon, Vietnam.
Following his return from overseas in July 1975, General Amos served as
the Assistant Operations Officer of MAG-26, until July 1976, when he
was reassigned as the Executive Officer of HMH-461.
He reported to Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., in November
1978, where he served on the Naval Council of Personnel Boards, as an
Action Officer in the Manpower Department, and then as the
Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Aviation.
In August 1982, General Amos returned to MAG-26, to serve as Group SA
until his assignment to HMM-261 as Commanding Officer in December 1982.
While serving in this assignment, he participated in operations in
Grenada and Beirut, Lebanon. Upon completion of his tour as Squadron
Commander, he was transferred to Headquarters, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing,
CA, MCAS Cherry Point, N.C., where he served as the G-3. Ordered back
overseas in July 1985, he was assigned as the Wing Inspector, 1st
Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa.
From 1986 to 1988, General Amos served as the Deputy Director, Marine
Corps Command and Staff College. He returned to Headquarters Marine
Corps in June 1988, for duty as the Aviation Colonels' Monitor. During
August 1989, he was assigned duty as the Commanding Officer of the 2d
Marine Expeditionary Unit, FMF Atlantic, Camp Lejeune, N.C. While
serving in this capacity, be was selected in December 1989 for
promotion to brigadier general.
He was advanced to his present grade on September 21, 1990, and was
assigned duty as the Assistant Wing Commander (Fwd), 3d Marine Aircraft
Wing, MCAS, El Toro, Calif., in October 1990. General Amos served in
this capacity until May 1991, when he returned to Headquarters Marine
Corps for Special Assignment to the Director of Personnel
Management/Procurement Division, (M&RA) in May 1991.
Brigadier General Amos' personal decorations include: the Legion of
Merit with gold star in lieu of a second award; Meritorious Service
Medal; Air Medal with numeral "25" and Combat "V"; Joint Service
Commendation Medal; Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" and gold
star in lieu of a second award; and various unit awards.
(Updated August 2004 HQMC)