|MAJOR GENERAL CLAY T. MCCUTCHAN|
Retired Dec. 17, 2009.
Maj. Gen. Clay T. McCutchan is the mobilization assistant to Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
General McCutchan entered the Air Force in 1972 via the junior and senior ROTC programs. He served as a VIP airlift pilot, training officer and public affairs officer prior to transferring to the Reserve in 1975. While assigned to Duke Field, Fla., he was a special operations pilot, command post controller, historian and executive officer. The general participated in worldwide AC-130A Spectre gunship operations to include the Caribbean, Honduras, Colombia and Peru. He flew combat missions in Kuwait, and commanded a gunship during operations over Haiti. General McCutchan also flew AC-130A counterdrug missions and commanded MC-130P Combat Shadow tanker deployments to Italy for operations into Bosnia.
General McCutchan has served as a historian at the Air Force Historical Research Agency and mobilization assistant to the Air War College Commandant, Maxwell AFB, Ala. He also served as an AFSOC Crisis Action Team director during combat operations in Afghanistan. For five months he was on active duty at Shaw AFB, S.C., during combat operations in Iraq. During this time he worked as special assistant to the Commander, 9th Air Force, and then was put on G-series orders as Vice Commander (Provisional) and then Commander, 9th Air Force (Provisional). In 2005, he served AFSOC as a Safety Board President for the MC-130H Combat Talon II crash in Albania, and then the Accident Board President for the Iraqi Air Force Comp Air crash in Iraq. He has also led a team of U.S. Air Force experts on behalf of the 9th Air Force and CENTAF Commander to write a report and then brief possible counterinsurgency aircraft to the Iraqi Air Force leadership.
As a civilian, he works in Air Force civil service as a historian.
1972 Bachelor of Arts degree in English education, University of Evansville, Ind.
1977 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1984 Air Command and Staff College, by seminar
1993 Air War College, by seminar
1. July 1971 - July 1972, student, Army Airborne Parachute School, Fort Benning, Ga.
2. July 1972 - August 1973, student, undergraduate pilot training, Webb AFB, Texas
3. September 1973 - June 1975, Convair VT-29B VIP airlift pilot, 513th Tactical Airlift Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England
4. June 1975 - December 1975, student, C-130 school; pilot and public affairs officer, 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
5. December 1975 - February 1995, pilot, 711th Special Operations Squadron, Duke Field, Fla.
6. February 1995 - February 1997, Commander, 5th Special Operations Squadron, Duke Field, Fla.
7. February 1997 - November 2000, historian, Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. November 2000 - January 2006, mobilization assistant to the Commandant of Air War College and Vice Commander of Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. January 2006 - June 2007, mobilization assistant to the Commander, 18th Air Force, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
10. June 2007 - present, mobilization assistant to Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,600 military hours and 3,000 civilian hours
Aircraft flown: VT-29B, C-130A/E, AC-130A and MC-130P
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with silver oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with silver and bronze oak leaf clusters
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait)
1990 President's Award - Aircraft Commander of Air Force Reserve Aircrew of the Year, Air Force Association
1995 - 1997 5th Special Operations Squadron twice earned the Air Force Reserve Command Grover Loening Award as top Reserve flying squadron of the year under his command
1998 Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 7, 1972
First Lieutenant July 24, 1974
Captain Oct. 28, 1977
Major June 11, 1986
Lieutenant Colonel June 11, 1993
Colonel Aug. 1, 1997
Brigadier General Sept. 1, 2002
Major General Feb. 10, 2007
(Current as of January 2008)