HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

MAJOR GENERAL JOHN BRERETON BESTIC

PRINT | E-MAIL

Maj. Gen. John Brereton Bestic is commander of the Electronic Systems Division, (Air Force Systems Command) with headquarters at Laurence G. Hanscom Field, Bedford, Mass.

General Bestic was born at Fargo, N.D., in 1915. He attended the University of Minnesota from 1933 to 1935 when he received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. Upon graduation in 1939 he was commissioned a second lieutenant.

His first assignment was with the Third Signal Company at Fort Lewis, Wash. After completing the first air course at the Army Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in 1941 he was assigned to the Fifth Air Force as communications officer and went with this famed organization from New Guinea to the Philippine Islands and on to Okinawa and Japan.

Following World War II, General Bestic served as chief of the Communications Division in the Directorate of Communications, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and in 1949 moved over to the Joint Chiefs of Staff as deputy director for communications-electronics.

In September 1950, he was named chief of Communications - Electronics Division, Headquarters Strategic Air Command. During his seven-year tour of duty with SAC, General Bestic directed the development of the SAC worldwide communications network. In 1957, he assumed command of the Pacific Airways and Air Communications Service Area, Military Air Transport Service; and in August 1958 was reassigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force as deputy director of communications-electronics.

He was named director of telecommunications, Headquarters U.S. Air Force in July 1961 and in October 1962, was designated the first deputy director for National Military Command System, Headquarters Defense Communications Agency. In November 1966, he was assigned additional duty as deputy director, DCA. He became commander of the Electronic Systems Division (Air Force Systems Command) in July 1967.

His military decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster. Although General Bestic is not a rated Air Force pilot, he holds an active Federal Aviation Administration instrument license and multiengine rating. He has more than 5,000 hours first pilot time.


(Current as of Feb. 1, 1968)

Engage

Facebook Twitter
Congratulations to Air Force Civil Engineer Tim Sullivan, who was named the 2020 Federal Engineer of the Year! 🎉… https://t.co/tIafy8KqKs
Did you know anxiety and depression are invisible wound conditions that can affect our Airmen? They can manifest in… https://t.co/7TJn1CICbh
Airmen practice joint close air support during exercise Cope North 20 to improve combat readiness, develop integrat… https://t.co/GLpsJAlvCx
RT @inspire_af_: The @usairforce understands the importance of innovation, and @AETCommand is continuing to move towards student-centered l…
RT @AirmanMagazine: These @usairforce U-2 pilots fly at 70,000 ft, where they provide vital reconnaissance for U.S. combatant commanders.…
Spouses, family members, & caregivers are a vital part of the #AirForce family. They take care of us & we must take… https://t.co/ayzETFm5M1
The Air Force Gunsmith Shop recently released a redesigned M4 Carbine that will fit in most ejection seats. This Ai… https://t.co/f4UPJLlPxp
RT @AETCommand: Innovating in your everyday environment doesn't always lend itself to creativity! Check out the Spark Cell space at Altus…
.@USAFCENT Airmen refuel a KC-135 with a Force system in Southwest Asia. This new capability provides more efficien… https://t.co/fA2OARRUqj
RT @ArmedwScience: Civil engineering is a key part of a deployed environment. Listen as this airman explains the civil engineering capabili…
WATCH: @SecAFOfficial joins @SecArmy and @SECNAV for a discussion with @CSIS on the state of the services, defense… https://t.co/Vfk09EMBdP
Congratulations Capt Lockridge. #AimHigh https://t.co/fcJQi1vsFO
.@ABCSharkTank, anyone? The Air Force Spark Tank announced its 2020 selectees. 6 Airmen were selected to present… https://t.co/5aoPxZ2OTF
Capt Jessica Knizel was the first of 10 Air Force Aerospace Nurse Practitioners. To meet the qualifications, Kniz… https://t.co/hu2WXp8i8z
RT @HQ_AFMC: #Civilians: Less than 10 days left to apply for CDE and CSLP! The time is NOW to apply for #professionaldevelopment that will…
Sleep tight. We work nights. A1C Donald Edwards, crew chief, inspects a C-17A Globemaster III at Joint Base Charl… https://t.co/pawAK7TUn7
RT @SecAFOfficial: Appreciate your leadership & time spent with our #Airmen who stand the watch! https://t.co/IAV7nIZCcX
RT @HQUSAFEAFAF: A @usairforce HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the 56th Rescue Squadron flies over #Aviano AB, Italy, Feb. 12. The 56th in…