Lieutenant General Joseph J. Redden is commander, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and director of education, Air Education and Training Command, headquartered at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. As such, he ensures that Air Force needs in the areas of enlisted and officer professional military education, professional continuing education and graduate education are met, as well as officer commissioning through Officer Training School and the Reserve Officer Training Corps.
The general was commissioned upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1964. He is a command pilot with more than 4,900 flying hours in several types of aircraft, including 607 combat missions for 1,323 combat hours. Throughout his career, he has served in a variety of flying, operations and command positions at the squadron, wing, major command and air staff levels. Prior to assuming command of Air University, General Redden commanded the Department of Defense's Joint Warfighting Center at Fort Monroe, Va.
1964 Bachelor of science degree, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1972 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1977 Master's degree in political science, Auburn University, Montgomery, Ala.
1977 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1983 Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
1. June 1964 - October 1965, student, pilot training, Craig Air Force Base, Ala.
2. October 1965 - December 1967, C-130 pilot, 61st Tactical Airlift Squadron, Sewart Air Force Base, Tenn.
3. December 1967 - July 1968, O-2A forward air controller, 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron, Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand
4. July 1968 - April 1969, O-2A forward air controller, 23th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam
5. April 1969 - May 1970, A-37 pilot, 604th Special Operations Squadron, later, assistant chief, A-37 tactics and standardization and evaluation, 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam
6. May 1970 - October 1971, A-37 pilot, instructor pilot, later, flight commander, 6th Special Operations Squadron, England Air Force Base, La.
7. October 1971 - February 1974, KC-135 pilot, aircraft commander, instructor pilot, squadron operations officer, 7th Air Refueling Squadron, Carswell Air Force Base, Texas
8. March 1974 - August 1976, wing plans officer, squadron operations officer, 356th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, S.C.
9. August 1976 - July 1977, student, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
10. July 1977 - December 1979, A-10/A-7/A-37/F-100 training branch chief, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
11. December 1979 - April 1980, executive officer to the vice commander, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
12. April 1980 - July 1982, operations officer, 75th Tactical Fighter Squadron, later, commander, 76th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing, England Air Force Base, La.
13. July 1982 - July 1983, student, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
14. July 1983 - March 1985, deputy chief, then chief, CHECKMATE Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
15. March 1985 - January 1986, vice commander, 347th Tactical Fighter Wing, Moody Air Force Base, Ga.
16. January 1986 - February 1988, commander, 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, S.C.
17. February 1988 - June 1988, special assistant to commander, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
18. July 1988 - June 1989, inspector general, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
19. June 1989 - July 1992, commandant of cadets, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
20. July 1992 - October 1994, deputy chief of staff, plans, and staff director, PACOPS plans, later, director of plans, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii
21. October 1994 - October 1996, commander, Joint Warfighting Center, Fort Monroe, Va.
22. October 1996 - present, commander, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and director of education, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,900
Aircraft flown: O-1, O-2, C-130, A-37, KC-135, A-7, A-10 and F-4
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit with bronze oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with five silver oak leaf clusters and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Presidential Unit Citation with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device and bronze oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze service star
Vietnam Service Medal with silver service star and two bronze service stars
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Jun 3, 1964
First Lieutenant Dec 3, 1965
Captain Dec 3, 1967
Major Dec 1, 1973
Lieutenant Colonel Mar 1, 1979
Colonel Sep 1, 1983
Brigadier General Jan 1. 1989
Major General Sep 1, 1991
Lieutenant General Oct 1, 1996
(Current as of October 1998)