Major General Floyd A. Hansen was born in Washington on October 22, 1908 and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1932.
His career was marked by numerous responsible and demanding assignments. He encountered the greatest professional challenge of his career during the initial stages of the Vietnam conflict while serving as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Munitions Command. In an economy with no emergency powers or assurances on the duration of the conflict in Vietnam, General Hansen personally worked with top leaders of industry and persuaded them to support the needs of the military services for ammunition.
During the buildup period, General Hansen's weekly reviews of critical items on a worldwide basis and his skillful orchestration of all interacting factors resulted in successful mission accomplishment. His achievement is extraordinary from the standpoint that with only one-third of the plants which existed during the World War II period, ammunition production during the Southeast Asian conflict period exceeded the ammunition production of World War II. After the Vietnam era, he developed the concepts to unify and improve conventional ammunition logistics.
He envisioned a modern, automated Army ammunition reporting system similar to the system which exists today. As a visionary leader and munitions manager, he made a remarkable impact on the Ordnance profession and on defense logistics. General Hansen retired in 1967 and died in Washington, D.C. on May 24, 1986.