|MAJOR GENERAL HAROLD W. "PUNCH" MOULTON II|
Retired Jan. 1, 2012.
Maj. Gen. Harold W. "Punch" Moulton II is Director of Operations, U.S. European Command, Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany. The USEUCOM mission is to maintain ready forces to conduct the full range of operations; enhance transatlantic security through support of NATO; promote regional stability; counter terrorism; and advance U.S. interests in the European area of responsibility.
General Moulton was commissioned following graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1978. He spent his early operational years as an instructor pilot in a variety of aircraft. He held staff assignments on the Air Staff and the Joint Staff and has commanded a fighter squadron, an operations group and a wing. Additionally, he has served in joint positions at U.S. Forces Korea, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command. Prior to his current assignment, he was Vice Commander, 7th Air Force, Osan Air Base, South Korea.
General Moulton was Commander of Joint Task Force-114, supporting NASA's 2005 return to space for the space shuttle. Additionally, he was Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force-Katrina, providing hurricane relief to the U.S. Gulf Coast region. The general is a command pilot with more than 4,100 flying hours in the F-15, F-5, T-38, C-130, C-12, KC-135 and E-3.
1978 Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1978 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1985 Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Va.
1986 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1988 Master's degree in public administration, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, Calif.
1992 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1994 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1995 Master's degree in national security and strategy, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2004 National Security Leadership Course, Maxwell Institute, Syracuse University, N.Y.
2006 Joint Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2009 Joint Flag Officer Warfighter Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2010 Defense Policy Seminar, Department of Defense National Security Studies Program, Washington, D.C.
1. June 1978 - October 1979, student, undergraduate pilot training, Vance AFB, Okla.
2. November 1979 - January 1983, T-38 instructor pilot, 25th Flying Training Squadron, Vance AFB, Okla.
3. September 1983 - June 1986, F-15 pilot, 58th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
4. July 1986 - September 1988, F-5 instructor pilot and Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 65th Aggressor Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
5. October 1988 - July 1991, F-15 pilot, 12th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan
6. August 1991 - June 1992, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. July 1992 - July 1994, Chief of Air Superiority Forces, Directorate of Forces, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
8. August 1994 - June 1995, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
9. July 1995 - July 1997, F-15 instructor pilot, later, Commander, 1st Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
10. July 1997 - June 1999, joint warfighting planner, Program and Resources (J8), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
11. July 1999 - June 2001, Commander, 3rd Operations Group, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
12. July 2001 - June 2003, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (J3), U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Army Garrison, South Korea
13. July 2003 - May 2004, Vice Director of Operations, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
14. June 2004 - December 2005, Director, Standing Joint Force Headquarters - North, U.S. Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
15. January 2006 - May 2007, Commander, 18th Wing, Kadena AB, Japan
16. May 2007- August 2008, Vice Commander, 7th Air Force, Osan AB, South Korea
17. August 2008 - present, Director of Operations (J3), U.S. European Command, Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 1997 - June 1999, joint warfighting planner, Program and Resources (J8), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant colonel and colonel
2. July 2001 - June 2003, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (J3), U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Army Garrison, South Korea, as a colonel
3. July 2003 - May 2004, Vice Director of Operations, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Peterson AFB, Colo., as a colonel
4. June 2004 - December 2005, Director, Standing Joint Force Headquarters - North, U.S. Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colo., as a colonel and brigadier general
5. August 2008 - present, Director of Operations (J3), U.S. European Command, Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany, as a major general
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,100
Aircraft flown: F-15A-E, F-5E, T-38, C-130, C-12, E-3, KC-135, T-37 and AT-38B
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with silver oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal with bronze star
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 31, 1978
First Lieutenant May 31, 1980
Captain May 31, 1982
Major March 1, 1989
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 1994
Colonel Sept. 1, 1998
Brigadier General Sept. 1, 2005
Major General Dec. 1, 2008
(Current as of December 2011)