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Lucius Theus

Born: Oct 11, 1922

Death: Oct 15, 2007

Birthplace: Madison County

Nationality: United States

Lucius Theus

Date of Birth : Oct 11, 1922
Date of Death : Oct 15, 2007
Birth Place : Madison County

Lucius Theus was a Major General in the United States Air Force. Theus was born in Madison County, Tennessee. According to the Official DEOMI website, General Theus chaired the military task force that resulted in Defense Directive 1322.11 which in 1971 established the military's Race Relations Board and resulted in the founding of the DEOMI then known as the DRRI. His tour of duty began in World War II as a private in the Army Air Corps. It included stops in Tuskegee, Germany, France, Greece, and Vietnam, and led him to command of the Air Force Accounting and Finance Center and an Assistant Directorship of the Defense Security Assistance Agency. He spent much of his military career developing and implementing administrative systems to improve the life of the average airman and soldier. Programs such as direct deposit for military payrolls and better human relations are prime examples. While assigned to the Pentagon, he chaired the inter-service task force where his recommendations led to a Department of Defense-wide race relations education and policy development, and establishment of the forerunner to the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.

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