HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

MAJOR GENERAL JOHN B. ACKERMAN

PRINT | E-MAIL

John Bevier Ackerman was born in Auburn, N.Y., in 1909. His family later moved to Watertown, N.Y. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1926. After a year in business college in Watertown and another year at Marion Institute, Marion, Ala., he entered the United States Military Academy in July 1928. He secured his appointment through competition as a member of the New York National Guard. He graduated in 1932, 53 in a class of 262.

Second Lieutenant Ackerman's first assignment was to an anti-aircraft battery in the Coast Artillery at Port MacArthur, San Pedro, Calif. It is interesting to note that it was the only such battery in existence at that time.

Lieutenant Ackerman entered the class of October 1933, at Randolph Field, Texas, and after an absence of six months because of illness he graduated in June 1935. He has maintained his pilot's rating continuously ever since.

Lieutenant Ackerman's first assignment after Kelly was Maxwell Field, Ala., where he served as a squadron officer under various commanders - a notable one was Major Claire Chennault. In 1938 he attended California Institute of Technology's graduate school and after a year's study was awarded the degree of master of science and aeronautics in the field of aviation meteorology.

Following this training, Captain Ackerman was station weather officer and assistant operations officer at Chanute Field, Ill., until the beginning of 1940. At this time General Arnold, then Chief of the Air Corps, assigned Ackerman along with three other experienced Air Force meteorologists to the California Institute of Technology again in a research project designed to prove or disprove certain theories concerning long range weather forecasts. General Arnold thought this was an extremely important subject in its relationship to the efficient use of air power.

After this brief interlude at CalTech, Major Ackerman for the next three years participated in the organizing, training and manning of the Air Corps Weather Service which grew from a tiny nucleus to a worldwide service in that time.

In the summer 1943 Colonel Ackerman joined the 58th Bombardment Wing, which was the nucleus of the B-29 effort, and organized its weather service.

Following this assignment, Colonel Ackerman was assigned to the China-Burma-India theater and for the next year was General Stratemeyer's war planner. He additionally served on the combined Air Command Staff comprising British and American officers.

On his return to the United States in December 1944, Colonel Ackerman for six months was assigned to the headquarters of the Air Corps and while there occupied the position of assistant for Air Forces and in his role developed proper means for the employment of air power. In the course of this assignment he was the Air Force observer in Operation Iceberg which was the Navy's occupation of the Ryukyus Islands.

Following this assignment, Colonel Ackerman was the assistant chief of staff, plans, for the Continental Air Forces from May 1945, until March 1946. This was the period during which Air Force units were deployed from the European to the Pacific theaters and Continental Air Forces planned and executed that task.

In August 1946, Colonel Ackerman was sent to London as assistant air attache and in 1949 was made air attache upon the relief of the then Brigadier General Thomas Power, who later became commander of Strategic Air Command.

In 1950 General Ackerman returned to Washington and was deputy director of intelligence until 1953 when he was assigned as vice director of the National Security Agency. While serving in this latter position he was promoted to major general.

In August 1956, General Ackerman became commander of the Thirteenth Air Force, with station in the Philippines. This command has units in Formosa, Guam and the Philippines, with general responsibility for Air Force interests throughout Southeast Asia.

In March 1958, General Ackerman returned to the United States and assumed the post of deputy commander, Air Force Security Service, San Antonio, Texas.

General Ackerman is the son of John Walter and Bertha Vedder Ackerman of Auburn, New York. His parents are Holland Dutch stock. Both sides of the family arrived in the United States prior to 1640. He is a member of the Holland Society of New York.

(Current as of Aug. 13, 1959)

Engage

Twitter
An F-15C Eagle from the 67th Fighter Squadron takes off for a training mission @KadenaAirBase. Kadena AB pilots tra… https://t.co/xW3lyKowMy
Twitter
Ever seen a fortress fly? A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Barksdale Air Force Base during an exercise. The… https://t.co/PGxoVwGg9m
Twitter
As part of the ongoing effort to build a more inclusive Air and Space Force, additional revisions were approved Sep… https://t.co/flti0r2Twm
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: Team — tough decision, but the right decision. As Lt Gen Kelly said, this was needed to ensure ALL Airmen continue t…
Twitter
Department of the Air Force officials announced a $3,750 military tuition assistance cap per fiscal year that will… https://t.co/SkYn9pm1JA
Twitter
RT @PACAF: Here is your #PACAF photo of the week! A B-1B Lancer assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., takes off…
Twitter
Exercise your right to vote from anywhere in the world. For more information, click the 🔗 https://t.co/RM47o18XhD https://t.co/Li7cgN1kF9
Twitter
Aircrews from the 437th Airlift Wing @TeamCharleston worked alongside @USArmy's 82nd Airborne Division during Batta… https://t.co/GozzCKbwFN
Twitter
RT @AirMobilityCmd: #Airmen from the 436th APS recently loaded an Egyptian air force #130H at #DoverAFB as part of a foreign military sales…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Success will require collaboration within and throughout our joint partnerships to ensure credibility and lethality of ou…
Twitter
These exercises ensure the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB is able to provide the nation with winning combat power.… https://t.co/Q622IA7vsR
Twitter
RT @HQUSAFEAFAF: #Teamwork + #Partners = Success! U.S. & German Air Force #JTACs teamed up to call in close air support during exercise #a
Twitter
Night flying exercises provide @48FighterWing aircrew & support personnel the experience needed to maintain a ready… https://t.co/5N20mfHOh3
Twitter
RT @USAF_ACC: .@505th_CCW Shadow Operations Center-Nellis participated in the most recent @usairforce Advanced Battle Management System (AB…
Twitter
The @AFResearchLab uses stimuli-responsive polymers for everything from soft robotic grippers to actuators. Called… https://t.co/ZfkMBa65FU
Twitter
RT @AirmanMagazine: Members of the 413th Test Flight at @TeamEglin, FL., tested three weapons for the HH-60W Jolly Green II. The training…
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: I also framed her photo in my office at the pentagon...as a daily reminder of “why” I serve and to “whom” I serve. Ma…
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: Liz was a well known and loved member of Team Goodfellow. A photo of her was beautifully framed by my wingman, Chief T…
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: Team — this hits close to home with me. A1C Elizabeth Jacobson wasn’t just the first Security Forces Airman to die duri…
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
1,284,657
Follow Us