HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

MAJOR GENERAL MICHAEL C. KERBY

PRINT | E-MAIL

Major General Michael C. Kerby is vice commander in chief, Pacific Air Forces, headquartered at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.

General Kerby was born in 1937, in New York City and graduated from Fordham Preparatory School, Bronx, N.Y., in 1954. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Georgetown University in 1958 and continued graduate studies in night school at Columbia University in 1959. The general earned a master of arts degree in government and international studies from the University of Notre Dame in 1979. He completed Squadron Officer School in 1963 and Armed Forces Staff College in 1971. General Kerby is currently a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Notre Dame.

The general was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Georgetown University in 1958 1 He entered pilot training in October 1959 at Malden Air Base, Mo., training in T-34s and T-28s. He transferred to Webb Air Force Base, Texas, in May 1960 for training in T-33s and completed pilot training in November 1960 as a distinguished graduate. After completing advanced fighter and weapons delivery training in F-100s at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., General Kerby was assigned in October 1961 to the 417th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany, as an F-100 pilot. In October 1965 he was assigned as an F-100 flight commander with the 615th Tactical Fighter Squadron, England Air Force Base, La. In July 1966 he deployed with the squadron to Phan Rang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam.

In January 1967 General Kerby became an A-1H pilot adviser to the Vietnamese air force with the Air Force Advisory Group, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam. He returned to F-100s as an instructor with the Air Force Fighter Weapons Instructor Course at Nellis Air Force Base from September 1967 through January 1969. He then served as a demonstration pilot (solo) with the Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, also at Nellis, flying F-100s and F-4E Phantom IIs, until January 1971.

The general completed Armed Forces Staff College in July 1971 and was assigned to the Fighter and Reconnaissance Manning Section, Air Force Military Personnel Center, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, as a resource manager. He completed his tour of duty there in May 1974 as chief of the Fighter Section. The general was assigned as operations officer for the 421st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, from October 1974 to August 1975. He then served as commander of the 335th Tactical Fighter Squadron and, subsequently, as assistant deputy commander for operations with the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., until August 1977.

After completing a research master's program at the University of Notre Dame in June 1979, General Kerby was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., as chief, Senate Liaison Division, Directorate of Legislative Liaison. He was responsible for advising members of the U.S. Senate on Air Force issues and programs. In March 1981 he became vice commander of the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

General Kerby was assigned as commander of the 474th Tactical Fighter Wing at Nellis Air Force Base in August 1981 and subsequently commanded the 57th Fighter Weapons Wing at Nellis from May 1982 to May 1984. The 57th Fighter Weapons Wing included the Air Force Fighter Weapons School; Red Flag; fighter weapons test, evaluation and tactics development; adversary threat training; the Aggressors; and the Thunderbirds. General Kerby then returned to Air Force headquarters as deputy director of legislative liaison and became director in August 1986. He assumed his present duties in April 1988.

The general is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours and more than 350 combat flying hours. He has flown F-100s, A-1H's, F-4E's, F-5s, F-111s, F-15s and F-16s. His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Air Gallantry Medal with gold wings, and Republic of Vietnam Air Service Medal.

He was promoted to major general June 1, 1987, with same date of rank.

General Kerby's hometown is New York City.

(Current as of April 1989)

Engage

Twitter
CMSgt. Manny Piñeiro pulled from his life experience to paint a picture for a path to success, regardless of any ob… https://t.co/g0OPwUmPAt
Twitter
Because of You - Defense Industry #ReadyAF #InThisTogether https://t.co/oB6bWIrcdP
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: Guard Airmen of the 183rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron & 36th AES Reserve Airmen collaborated for a 3-day training eve…
Twitter
The Department of the Air Force honored its 24th Secretary, Heather Wilson, for her service with an unveiling of he… https://t.co/pQVzxwoRdn
Twitter
Why jump out of a perfectly good plane? Because you can! The jumps were part of a two month training course calle… https://t.co/pONtYYv23p
Twitter
RT @PACAF: A B-1 bomber, deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, completed bilateral training w/the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, July 27. Dur…
Twitter
“This was one of the largest structural fires I’ve ever responded to. When we arrived, there was heavy smoke pourin… https://t.co/ZzOu52dEQm
Twitter
Staff Sgt. Christopher Demartin, a member of the 153rd Airlift Wing, @WyoGuard, hugs his son after returning home f… https://t.co/xq8MvypkOS
Twitter
Capt. Aaron Bickerstaff explains how exercise Northern Strike 20 builds overall readiness for the force by integrat… https://t.co/v0ggIeDhAC
Twitter
What if there is a better, faster way to do it? SSgt Tabby Wells, crew chief @JointBasePHH, figured out a quicker… https://t.co/Iebx75Cq65
Twitter
RT @USAFCENT: Are you doing your part to keep yourself and your wingman healthy and safe? Wash your hands, keep your distance and wear your…
Twitter
.@RAFMildenhall Airmen conduct an inspection on the flying boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker. Maintainers use checklist… https://t.co/VyYdRk6qC4
Twitter
823rd RED HORSE Squadron Airmen teamed up with members of @UTSystem during a training event @Hurlburt_Field. UTS de… https://t.co/Bn50hxaS0G
Twitter
The F-22 Raptor is a critical component of the Global Strike Task Force, designed to project air dominance rapidly… https://t.co/wgjJxbklR8
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: #MondayMotivation courtesy of 33rd Fighter Wing at @TeamEglin #readyAF 💪 https://t.co/pvTt3zFFvc
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: Airmen from the 270th Air Traffic Control Squadron keep the mission moving for all military, commercial and private aircr…
Twitter
Col. Scot Heathman, commander at the 375th Air Mobility Wing @ScottAFB, learned he had a brain tumor. But after a s… https://t.co/ONAq4ThruO
Twitter
.@SecAFOfficial's priorities include: - Building the @SpaceForceDoD - Modernizing the Air and Space Forces we need… https://t.co/bhhbY34dCJ
Twitter
RT @HQ_AFMC: The "Racial Disparity Summit: Listen to Understand From All Perspectives” was a no-rank, no-uniform, off-base event and open d…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,260,305
Follow Us