HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES S. ALLEN

PRINT | E-MAIL

Brig. Gen. James S. Allen is assistant chief of staff for operations, Headquarters Allied Forces Central Europe.

General Allen was born in Cambridge, Mass., in 1941, and graduated from North Cambridge Catholic High School in 1959. He received a bachelor's degree from Boston University in 1964 and a master's degree in business administration from Auburn University in 1979. The general completed Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1971, the program for management development at Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1973 and Air War College in 1979.

The general received his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Boston University in June 1964. He completed pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, in June 1965 and then attended advanced flying training in F-100s at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. In May 1966 he transferred to the 510th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bien Hoa Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, as an F-100 pilot.

In June 1967 he was assigned as a pilot to the 493rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, England. The general then became a standardization and evaluation flight examiner with the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing. He transferred to Headquarters 3rd Air Force, Royal Air Force Station South Ruislip, England, as a member of the tactical evaluation team in June 1970.

Upon returning to the United States in June 1971, he was assigned to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower and Personnel, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., where he served in colonel assignments. After completing the program for management development in August 1973, he was assigned to the 4th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, as assistant operations officer. In June 1974 he returned to Luke, where he attended Central Instructor School and was assigned as assistant operations officer of the 426th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron. He became a squadron operations officer in October 1975.

General Allen was commander of the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, from April 1976 until April 1977, when he became commander of the 4th Tactical Fighter Squadron, also at Hill. Upon completion of Air War College in June 1979, he was assigned to the Air Staff as deputy chief, Europe/NATO Division, Directorate for Plans and Policy, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, Air Force headquarters. In April 1980 he became chief of the Europe/NATO Division. From April 1981 to May 1982 he was an Air Force planner. The general then was assigned as commander of the 4450th Tactical Group, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. In July 1984 he returned to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, as director for Joint and national security matters. He became military assistant to the secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C., in May 1986. In January 1988 he assumed command of the 833rd Air Division, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. He assumed his present position in September 1989.

The general is a command pilot with more than 2,800 flying hours in fighter-attack aircraft, including the F-100, F-4, A-7, F-117 and F-15. He flew more than 375 combat missions, logging more than 400 flying hours. His military awards and decorations Include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with 15 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three service stars, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with four oak leaf clusters, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with five service stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

He was promoted to brigadier general Aug. 1, 1986, with same date of rank.


(Current as of June 1990)

Engage

Facebook Twitter
.@RAFMildenhall #KC135 crew strengthened relationship with Romanian #AirForce through air refueling training. For m… https://t.co/8dGvm2HQwC
RT @SecAFOfficial: Mother nature can’t beat the 55th Wing! We will recover @Offutt_AFB from the devastating flood. Amazing American 🇺🇸 spir…
Today the #AirForce announced a new Infrastructure Investment Strategy following a yearlong review that brings a ne… https://t.co/i1yDRQkaPl
RT @Offutt_AFB: As the water has begun to recede, Team Offutt is in full recovery mode. https://t.co/6QPZ96UNZY
RT @SecAFOfficial: Thanks to Iowa leaders who just signed a bill to recognize out of state licenses for our military spouses! @SenJoniErnst
RT @SecAFOfficial: This will make a difference on our bases for decades to come...getting more out of every dollar we spend on #infrastruct
See how our aircraft maintainers keep our #F15s safe and mission ready! @142ndFW https://t.co/H6CrSoCCIg
RT @NASA: During today's spacewalk, we'll be taking questions about our @NASA_Astronauts' excursion outside of the @Space_Station. Ask ques…
RT @US_Stratcom: Global #StrategicDeterrence! Integrating #B52s from @US_EUCOM & @INDOPACOM to conduct simultaneous theater familiarization…
The #KC135 Stratotanker nose art "Black Jack" dates back to the #BloodyHundredth's battle-hardened days of… https://t.co/43zMmRWnsP
Whether our aircraft are taking off, landing or in need of assistance, air traffic controller #Airmen are active ye… https://t.co/eBlrhUI7mQ
#WeCanDoIt! The #USAF wishes a #HappyBirthday to one of the original “Rosie the Riveters,” Ms. Mae Krier, who turne… https://t.co/n24xC5NClI
RT @Offutt_AFB: A 1,000 yr flood wasn’t enough to stop our professionals from the flying mission. Projecting global combat airpower is neve…
Are you fueled for the day? #USAF #F15E Strike Eagle refuels from a 908th Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron… https://t.co/SXIXjZa8pd
The #AFIT kicked off its #centennial anniversary celebration, recognizing how the men and women who study at AFIT t… https://t.co/S8x9Qn6GH3
380th Air Expeditionary Wing #logistics planners provide the magic behind movements to ensure all cargo & #Airmen a… https://t.co/cNjTcMWNcX
The #AirForce have been pioneers in uncontested space, maintaining the world's most cutting-edge lethal force for o… https://t.co/JqWLA93gqO
.@RAFMildenhall flew a #KC135 Stratotanker to Romania on Mar. 10, 2019 to conduct air refueling training with the R… https://t.co/CD0VLgBNuv
RT @DeptofDefense: What drives some of the most fearless and talented pilots in today’s @USAirForce? Check out our Q&A with pilot Capt. Mic…