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MAJOR GENERAL TIMOTHY J. LEAHY

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Maj. Gen. Timothy J. Leahy is the Commander, Second Air Force, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. He is responsible for the development, oversight and direction of all operational aspects of Basic Military Training, initial skills training and advanced technical training for the Air Force enlisted force, non-rated operations and support officers. Second Air Force provides training in more than 265 Air Force specialties through 2,014 courses graduating 150,000 Airmen, soldiers, sailors, Marines and international students annually in diverse areas including aircraft maintenance, civil engineering, medical, cyber, avionics, security forces, space and missile operations/maintenance and multiple intelligence disciplines. The command includes training wings at Keesler AFB, Sheppard and Goodfellow Air Force Bases, Texas, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, a training group at Vandenberg AFB, California, and 103 operating locations around the world. Second Air Force also oversees all Air Force Airmen throughout the Joint Expeditionary Tasking/Individual Augmentee training pipeline at several Army training sites across the country.

 

General Leahy entered the Air Force in 1985 as a graduate of The Citadel. He has held a variety of positions at the major command, sub-unified combatant command and geographic and functional combatant command levels. He has commanded at the squadron, wing, center and numbered Air Force level. He is a command pilot with more than 3,200 hours of flight time, primarily in Special Operations Forces aircraft. 

 

Prior to his current assignment, he was the Commander, Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education and Vice Commander, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.


EDUCATION 
1985 Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, The Citadel, Charleston, S.C. 
1992 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 
1995 Master of Science degree in International Relations, Troy State University, Troy, Ala.
1997 U.S. Navy College of Naval Command and Staff, Newport, R.I. 
1997 Master of Arts degree in National and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.  
1998 School of Advanced Airpower Studies in-residence, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 
1998 Master of Arts in Airpower Art and Science, School of Advances Airpower Strategies, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 
2002 Air War College, by correspondence 
2004 U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa. 
2004 Master's degree in strategic studies, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa. 
2006 Senior Executive Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. 
2007 Senior Executive Fellow, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C. 
2007 Senior Executive Fellow, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2013 Senior Joint Information Operations Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2014 Joint Force Air Component Commanders Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2017 Joint Flag Officers Warfighting Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

ASSIGNMENTS 
1. February 1986 - November 1986, Undergraduate Pilot Training, 388th Flight Training Squadron, Fort Rucker, Ala. 
2. November 1986 - March 1987, HH-3E Training, 1550th Technical Training Squadron, Kirtland AFB, N.M. 
3. March 1987 - March 1990, Aircraft Commander, HH-3E and Plans Officer, 71st Air Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska 
4. March 1990 - January 1991, MH-53J Training, 1550th Technical Training Squadron, Kirtland AFB, N.M. 
5. January 1991 - December 1992, Aircraft Commander, MH-53J and Special Missions Planner, 20th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. 
6. December 1992 - April 1994, Instructor Pilot, MH-53J and LNO to Ft. Bragg-based Elite Army Special-Forces Unit, 16th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla. 
7. April 1994 - June 1995, Standardization and Evaluation Pilot, MH-53J, 20th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. 
8. June 1995 - November 1995, Chief, Helicopter Standardization and Evaluation Branch, 16th Special Operations Group, Hurlburt Field, Fla. 
9. November 1995 - July 1996, Assistant Operations Officer, 20th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. 
10. July 1996 - June 1997, Student, College of Naval Command and Staff, US Navy War College, Newport, R.I. 
11. June 1997 - July 1998, Student, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 
12. July 1998 - May 2001, Chief, Contingency Operations Division, Special Operations Command Europe, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany 
13. June 2001- July 2003, Commander, 551st Special Operations Squadron, Kirtland AFB, N.M. 
14. July 2003 - June 2004, Student, US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa. 
15. June 2004 - May 2005, Deputy Director of Air Integration Division, Headquarters, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. 
16. May 2005 - August 2005, Director of Air Integration Division, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. 
17. August 2005 - August 2006, Vice Commander, Air Force Special Operations Forces, Hurlburt Field, Fla. 
18. August 2006 - November 2006, Vice Commander, 16th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla. 
19. November 2006 - August 2007, Vice Commander, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla. 
20. August 2007 - October 2007, MC-130H/P Training, 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland AFB, N.M. 
21. October 2007 - May 2009, Commander, 27th Special Operations Wing, Cannon AFB, N.M. 
22. May 2009 - April 2010, Special Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla. 
23. April 2010 - August 2012, Director J7/9, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla. 
24. August 2012 - June 2013, Commander, 23rd Air Force; and Director of Operations, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
25. July 2013 - June 2015, Director of Operations, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla. 
26. June 2015 - August 2017, Commander, LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education and Vice Commander, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

27. August 2017 - present, Commander, 2nd Air Force, Keesler AFB, Miss.
 
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS 
1. July 1998 - May 2001, Chief, Contingency Operations Division, Special Operations Command Europe, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, as a major and lieutenant colonel 
2. May 2009 - April 2010, Special Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla., as a colonel
3. April 2010 - August 2012, Director J7/9, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla., as a colonel and brigadier general
4. July 2013 - June 2015, Director of Operations, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla., as a brigadier general and major general

FLIGHT INFORMATION 
Rating:  Command pilot

Flight hours:  More than 3,200

Aircraft flown: T-41, TH-55, UH-1H, C/HH-3E, MH-53A/J/M, MC-130H/P/W/J, AC-130H/W, PC-12, Q-200, M-28, DO-328, CV-22, F-16

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS 
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster  
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster 
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster 
Air Medal 
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster 
Joint Service Commendation Medal 
Air Force Commendation Medal 
Joint Service Achievement Medal 
Air Force Achievement Medal 
Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters 
National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster 
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two campaign stars 
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal 
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal 
Armed Forces Service Medal 
Humanitarian Service Medal with oak leaf cluster 
NATO Medal 
Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 
Kuwait Liberation Medal, government of Kuwait 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION 
Second Lieutenant Aug. 26, 1985 
First Lieutenant Aug. 26, 1987 
Captain Aug. 26, 1989 
Major Aug. 1, 1996 
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2000 
Colonel Aug. 1, 2004 
Brigadier General Jul. 3, 2010 
Major General Nov. 15, 2013

 

(Current as of January 2018)

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