AF Biographies

This database holds biographical information on Air Force leaders, active duty, Reserve and retired general officers; current senior executives; secretaries of the Air Force; and chief master sergeants of the Air Force. Air Force biographies may not have been prepared for some general officers before retirement. If a name is not listed, an Air Force biography is not available. For biography changes and updates please send an unencrypted e-mail to Air Force Biographies from a .mil e-mail address. 

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Matthew P. Donovan
Gen. Stephen W. Wilson
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080415-F-JZ511-254 CHARLES A. BABISH IV

Charles A. Babish IV, a Senior Level executive, is the Technical Adviser, Aircraft Structural Integrity, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  He serves as the recognized Air Force authority in aircraft structural integrity and service life.  His technical responsibility includes oversight of the U.S. Air
8/04
2015
060602-F-JZ507-176 MAJOR GENERAL PAUL N. BACALIS
Retired   March 01, 1973
Maj. Gen. Paul N. Bacalis is deputy chief of staff for plans, Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. He also is commander in chief, Strategic Air Command, representative to Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff. General Bacalis was born in Norfolk, Va., in 1919. He graduated from Maury High School in Norfolk in 1938 and entered the U.S.
4/23
2003
110323-F-JZ022-122 BRIGADIER GENERAL VAN N. BACKMAN
Retired   June 01, 1973
Brigadier General Van N. Backman is commander of the 62d Military Airlift Wing, Military Airlift Command, McChord Air Force Base, Wash. General Backman was born in Milan, Wash., in 1919 and graduated from high school in Pine River, Minn. He graduated from the University of the Philippines, in Manila, in 1955, with a bachelor of arts degree, and
4/23
2003
040429-F-JZ509-160 BRIGADIER GENERAL EDWARD N. BACKUS
Retired   August 01, 1961   Died  March 30, 1973
Edward N. Backus was born in Vernon, Texas, in 1906. He graduated from Vernon High School in 1924 and attended the University of Oklahoma and Washington and Lee University where he received his bachelor of arts degree in 1929. From 1929 to 1932 he was a teacher and athletic coach in Vernon Texas High School. In March 1932 he was appointed flying
4/23
2003
Default Air Force Logo BRIGADIER GENERAL WILLIAM C. BACON
Retired   September 01, 1965   Died  March 08, 2008
General Bacon is a dynamic Air Force leader with a penchant for flying. As a young man, he had an opportunity to play professional baseball and to attend West Point. He gave up both to enter pilot training prior to World War II. While he was director of operations and commander of two medium bombardment wings both received the Air Force Outstanding
4/23
2003
Default Air Force Logo BRIGADIER GENERAL WALTER J. BACON
Retired   August 01, 1980   Died  June 02, 2008
Brigadier General Walter J. Bacon is deputy commander, Caribbean Contingency Joint Task Force in Key West, Fla. General Bacon was born in Knoxville, Tenn., where he graduated from Knoxville High School in 1946. After one year at the University of Tennessee, he entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and graduated with a bachelor of
4/23
2003
300830-F-XX000-004 BRIGADIER GENERAL DONALD J. BACON
Retired   November 01, 2014
Brig. Gen. Donald J. Bacon is the Director of ISR Strategy, Plans, Doctrine and Force Development at the AF/A2, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon. He is responsible for the force development of over 25,000 ISR Total Force Airmen; the integration of ISR planning with the intelligence community, Joint Staff and Air Force major commands; and
3/11
2011
060608-F-JZ507-144 BRIGADIER GENERAL JOHN W. BAER
Retired   April 01, 1972
Brig. Gen. John W. Baer is Deputy Director for Strike Forces, Directorate of Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. General Baer was born in Lewiston, Idaho, in 1919. He graduated from Cottonwood High School, Cottonwood, Idaho, in 1937 and attended the University of Idaho, Moscow,
4/23
2003
060608-F-JZ507-143 MAJOR GENERAL JAMES I. BAGINSKI
Retired   November 01, 1984   Died  September 23, 2013
Major General James I. Baginski is director of deployment, Joint Deployment Agency, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. He directs worldwide joint service mobilization deployment planning and coordination for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.General Baginski was born in Baltimore in 1932. He graduated from Towson (Md.) High School in 1948 and from the University
4/23
2003
040506-F-JZ509-144 MAJOR GENERAL JAMES A. BAILEY
Retired   June 01, 1974   Died  January 16, 2011
Maj. Gen. James A. Bailey is deputy chief of staff, comptroller, Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. General Bailey was born in Rock Hill, S.C., in 1920, and received his secondary education in the public schools system of that state. He earned his civilian pilot's license in June 1940. Prior to and during World War
4/23
2003
030427-F-JZ509-913 LIEUTENANT GENERAL MAXWELL C. BAILEY
Retired   March 01, 2002
Lt. Gen. Maxwell C. Bailey is commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. AFSOC, the Air Force component of U.S. Special Operations Command and a major Air Force command, provides special operations forces for worldwide deployment and assignment to regional unified commands. The command has approximately 12,500 active
4/23
2003
050803-F-JZ508-579 BRIGADIER GENERAL ROSANNE BAILEY
Retired   October 01, 2006
Brig. Gen. Rosanne Bailey is Commander, Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo. General Bailey is responsible for executing the North American Aerospace Defense Command's integrated tactical warning and attack assessment mission, the U.S. Northern Command's homeland defense mission, and U.S. Strategic
8/03
2005
061129-F-JZ505-447 BRIGADIER GENERAL ROBERT E. BAILEY
Retired   June 21, 2011
Brig. Gen. Robert E. Bailey is Director of Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. He is responsible for organizing, training and equipping the command's expeditionary combat support, which supports 76,100 Citizen Airmen and consists of more than 370 aircraft assigned to three numbered
11/01
2006
050914-F-JZ508-556 BRIGADIER GENERAL THOMAS S. BAILEY JR.
Retired   January 01, 2006
Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Bailey, Jr. is Command Surgeon, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In this capacity he is responsible for advising the AFMC Commander on all medical matters, including the health and physical well-being of personnel. He is the controlling manager for AFMC’s 10 community-based medical treatment
9/27
2005
William D. Bailey WILLIAM D. BAILEY

William D. Bailey, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Director of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. Alongside the Director, he directs selected study, development and fielding activities tasked directly by the Under Secretary of
3/04
2016
Baird BRIGADIER GENERAL MARK A. BAIRD

Brig. Gen. Mark A. Baird is the Director, Space Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
6/08
2016
BGBaker BRIGADIER GENERAL CRAIG R. BAKER

Brig. Gen. Craig R. Baker is the Commander, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, with an air expeditionary group at Kandahar Airfield and detachments located throughout Afghanistan.
6/16
2017
BakerNov2014 MAJOR GENERAL H. BRENT BAKER SR.
Retired   December 01, 2015
Maj. Gen. H. Brent Baker Sr. is Vice Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The command employs some 80,000 people and manages $60 billion annually in research, development, test and evaluation, while providing the acquisition management services and logistics support required to develop, procure and sustain
8/24
2015
051206-F-JZ508-333 BRIGADIER GENERAL BRADLEY S. BAKER
Retired   January 01, 2006
Brig. Gen. Bradley S. Baker is Vice Commander, 5th Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan. He is responsible for preparing the staff of a combat headquarters through bilateral planning, exercises and air operations with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force to prosecute the air war in defense of Japan. The command provides the nucleus to support the wartime
5/12
2005
050616-F-JZ508-609 LIEUTENANT GENERAL JOHN R. BAKER
Retired   July 01, 2005
Lt. Gen. John R. Baker is Vice Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The command is responsible for the bulk of the U.S. Air Force's strategic transportation assets and mission. From 12 major air installations in the United States and nearly 100 active-duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve locations worldwide, AMC
7/01
2005
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