|BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES A. FIRTH|
Brig. Gen. James A. Firth is the Vice Director, Joint Requirements and Integration, Headquarters U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Va.
General Firth entered the Air Force in May 1980 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served in various operational, training and staff assignments including duty as an instructor pilot in T-38, F-15C, F-16A and F-15A aircraft, flight commander and wing tactics officer. He has commanded a fighter squadron and fighter wing, and is a command pilot with more than 3,700 hours in the F-15, F-16 and T-38. His service includes 10 years on active duty, and more than 18 years in both the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve. In his civilian career, he is an airline pilot flying internationally on the Boeing 767ER for a major U.S. carrier.
1980 Bachelor of Science degree in management and economics, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1984 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1994 Air Command and Staff College
2001 Air War College
1. August 1980 - July 1981, student, undergraduate pilot training, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance AFB, Okla.
2. July 1981 - October 1981, student, T-38 instructor pilot, 560th Flying Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, Texas
3. October 1981 - December 1984, T-38 instructor pilot, check section pilot, and standards and evaluation pilot, 71st Flying Training Squadron, Vance AFB, Okla.
4. December 1984 - March 1986, command flight examiner, and T-38 standardization and evaluation pilot, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
5. March 1986 - May 1986, student, lead-in fighter training, 434th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.
6. June 1986 - December 1986, student, F-15 initial qualification training, 2nd Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
7. January 1987 - January 1990, F-15 instructor pilot, flight commander, mission commander, and wing tactics officer, 53rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bitburg Air Base, Germany
8. March 1991 - May 1991, student, F-16 transition course, Kingsley Air National Guard Base, Ore.
9. June 1991 - June 1995, F-16 pilot, Jacksonville ANGB, Fla.
10. July 1995 - September 1995, student, F-15 transition course, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
11. October 1995 - August 1999, F-15 instructor pilot, flight commander, mission commander, and Chief of Special Programs, 159th Fighter Squadron, Jacksonville ANGB, Fla.
12. August 1999 - March 2001, Commander, 159th Fighter Squadron, Jacksonville ANGB, Fla.
13. March 2001 - August 2002, Director of Operations, Headquarters Florida Air National Guard, St. Augustine, Fla.
14. August 2002 - November 2004, Commander, 125th Fighter Wing, Jacksonville ANGB, Fla.
15. November 2004 - March 2005, special assistant to the Commander, Headquarters Florida Air National Guard, St. Augustine, Fla.
16. April 2005 - May 2005, senior individual mobilization assistant, Fighter Attack Systems Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
17. August 2005 - October 2005, F-15 program element monitor, Aircraft Division, Directorate of Requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
18. October 2005 - May 2007, Chief, Combat Aircraft Division, Directorate of Requirements, Headquarters ACC, Langley AFB, Va.
19. May 2007 - present, mobilization assistant to the Director, Maintenance and Logistics, Headquarters ACC, Langley AFB, Va.
20. September 2007 - September 2008, Deputy Director, Directorate of Requirements, Headquarters ACC, Langley AFB, Va
21. September 2008 - August 2009, mobilization assistant to the Director, Maintenance and Logistics, and special assistant to the Director of Requirements, Headquarters ACC, Langley AFB, Va.
22. August 2009 - present, Vice Director, Joint Requirements and Integration, Headquarters U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Va.
Ratings: Command pilot, parachutist
Flight hours: More than 3,700
Aircraft flown: F-15, F-16 and T-38
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant, May 28, 1980
First Lieutenant, May 28, 1982
Captain, May 28, 1984
Major, March 5, 1994
Lieutenant Colonel, March 6, 1998
Colonel, March 21, 2002
Brigadier General April 3, 2009
(Current as of August 2009)