Brigadier General Jack C. Ihle is commander of the Air Force Reserve Command's 917 Wing, Barksdale AFB, La. The 917th is equipped with the B-52 Stratofortress and A-10 Thunderbolt II.

General Ihle was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Lakota High School, West Chester, Ohio, in 1964 and entered the Air Force in 1969 after commissioning through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Ohio State University. General Ihle was recalled to active duty in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm where he flew 40 combat missions in the A-10. He is a command pilot with more than 5000 hours flying time.

1969 Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering, Ohio State University
1976 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1980 Master of Business Administration, Louisiana Tech University
1987 National Security Management Course, by correspondence

1. February 1970 - February 1971, Student, pilot training, Moody Air Force Base, Ga.
2. March 1971 - November 1971, F-4 training, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
3. November 1971 - May 1975, 53rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bitburg Air Base, Germany
4. May 1975 - December 1975, 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Korat Royal Thailand Air Force Base, Thailand
5. January 1976 - August 1977, 4440 Tactical Fighter Training Group - Red Flag, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
6. August 1977 - January 1993, A-37 and A-10 Instructor Pilot, Commander 46th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Wing Deputy Commander for Operations, Barksdale Air Force Base, La.
7. January 1993 - August 1995, Commander 926th Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station New Orleans, La.
8. August 1995 - April 1998, 10th Air Force Chief of Operations, Bergstrom Air Reserve Base and Naval Air Station Ft. Worth, Texas.
9. May 1998 - April 2005, Commander 917th Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 5000
Aircraft flown: F-4, A-37, A-10, F-16, B-52

Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor
Combat Readiness Medal with five oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal

Second Lieutenant Dec. 19, 1969
First Lieutenant March 7, 1973
Captain March 7, 1977
Major June 9, 1982
Lieutenant Colonel June 17, 1988
Colonel July 1992
Brigadier General April 3, 2000

(Current as of April 2005)