HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

MAJOR GENERAL JOHN F. CURRY

PRINT | E-MAIL

Major General John F. Curry was born on April 22, 1886, in New York City, N.Y. He graduated from West Point in 1908 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was commissioned a second lieutenant and advanced through grades to the rank of major general in October 1940. He retired after more than 41 years of service, 30 of which were in aviation. His aeronautical ratings include pilot expert aviator, combat observer and combat pilot.

His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and French Legion of Honor and Etoile Noire.

POSTGRADUATE SCHOOLS COMPLETED
1916 Signal Corps Aviation School, North Island, Calif.
1924 Air Corps Engineering School, McCook Field, Ohio
1928 Air Corps Tactical School, Langley Field, Va.
1929 Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
1936 Army War College, Washington, D.C.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
1910 - 1914: Instructor at West Point.
Sept. 20, 1915: First flight.
1916: Joined First Aero Squadron as pilot. Pershing expedition into Mexico.
1917: Ordered to Honolulu, Hawaii, to command the 6th Aero Squadron and to select a site for the field for Aviation Sea Coast Defense. He selected and arranged the purchase by the Army of Ford Island, Pearl Harbor.
World War I: First Commander of Ellington Field Bombing School. Overseas Chief of Staff, 2nd Army Air Service, Shot down in Toul Sector and, later with some others, was credited with destruction of a German observation balloon.
1920 - 1923: Department Air Officer, Hawaiian Department.
1924 - 1927: Chief, Air Service Engineering Division, McCook Field, Ohio.
1931 - 1935: Commandant, Air Corps Tactical School, Maxwell Field, Ala. Maxwell Field was built up during those years.
1936 - 1938: War Department General Staff, Washington, D.C.
1938 - 1940: Commanding Officer of Hamilton Field, Calif.
December 1940 - August 1941: Commanding General, Northwest Air District and 2nd Air Force, Spokane, Wash.
August 1941 - December 1941: Commanding General, Rocky Mountain Technical Training Command, Denver, Colo.
December 1941 - April 1942: First National Commander of the Civil Air Patrol, Washington, D.C.
April 1942 - June 1944: Commanding General, Western Technical Training Command, Denver, Colo.
1944 - 1945: Chief, Air Force Evaluation Board, Mediterranean Theater of Operations.

Engage

Facebook Twitter
RT @AFResearchLab: The year is 1947. The @usairforce officially broke the sound barrier with the Bell X-1 aircraft. This incredible feat w…
RT @theF35JPO: Congratulations to the @AusAirForce for completing their #F35 training mission at @LukeAFB! 🇦🇺 ⚡ Learn more 🔗 https://t.co/2…
RT @CENTCOM: A French Rafale conducts nighttime air refueling with a U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender assigned to the 380th Air Expeditionary…
RT @DeptofDefense: Jumping from a plane becomes a big step toward friendship. 301 soldiers and airmen from @USArmyReserve, @usairforce, and…
Explosive Disposal Ordnance (EOD) Airmen are often assigned to some of the most dangerous missions and perform tact… https://t.co/xYc9Ip5psn
Start this year by supporting your #Airmen in their pursuit of #resiliency. Learn about common triggers of invisibl… https://t.co/6gJSfJKvcK
RT @OHNationalGuard: The @180thFW hosted members of the Nigerian Air Force recently Officers visited the 180FW in search of #bestpractice…
RT @HiAirGuard: Airmen from 154th Security Forces Squadron became first responders during a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear…
RT @US_SOCEUR: U.S. #airmen assigned to the 352d Special Operations Wing perform maintenance on a CV-22B #Osprey aircraft in Szolnok, #Hung…
RT @HQ_AFMC: The @AFResearchLab s X-60A program achieved a key developmental #milestone with the completion of integrated vehicle propulsio…
RT @DeptofDefense: If you want to get there as fast as possible, don’t stop for gas. ⛽ That’s why the @usairforce relies on airmen like Tec…
RT @DeptofDefense: Press ▶️ to learn more about @USAFCENT, the command that provides air & space warfighting capabilities to help defeat v…
Airmen with the Puerto Rico Air National Guard provide support at the “tent cities” to support Task Force South and… https://t.co/zg2yT0LqpS
Even the most advanced aircraft in history requires extensive maintenance performed by Airmen on the ground to kee… https://t.co/Kpv8JlzYIc
RT @AirMobilityCmd: Throwback Thursday and #TankerThirstThursday are the same game. Throwing it back to last month when a KC-135 Stratotank…
If you thought the C-5M Super Galaxy was cool before, wait until you hear @RichardHammond describe it and its capab… https://t.co/jbYbdyHx5q
Air National Guardsmen from @105AW are on the ground in Puerto Rico with their counterpart, @PRNationalGuard, provi… https://t.co/ZwzhCEpWY4
RT @HAFB: Join us for the Hill Air Force Base 80th Anniversary Celebration from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Hill Aerospace Museum! A nu…
Ranges are crucial to the training and readiness of our warfighters. Get an inside look at how they prepare to figh… https://t.co/i5CnbpBGAw
.@cmsaf18 and his wingman, Senior Enlisted Advisor to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chief Master Sergeant… https://t.co/UD69jCjHPz