Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Doherty is the Director of Plans, Programs, Requirements, and Analysis, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. He is responsible for planning and programming $60 billion annually for a force of more than 146,000 personnel and 2,800 aircraft, supporting 10 unified commands and North American Aerospace Defense Command. He is also responsible for functions relating to the Combat Air Forces’ weapons systems acquisition, modernization, sustainment, and test involving more than 140 programs and the associated warfighting analysis and concepts at the operational level of war. Additionally, he directs a staff of 25 divisions and more than 700 personnel.
Maj. Gen. Doherty entered the Air Force in 1988 through the Air Force ROTC program at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. He initially served as a B-52 navigator and was selected to attend undergraduate pilot training and transitioned to become an F-15E pilot. He has served in four combat flying deployments and two remote staff, command and control tours. Maj. Gen. Doherty has commanded a formal training unit fighter squadron, a combat ready fighter wing, a maintenance and logistics technical training wing, and led force development as the Director of Assignments and entrusted to care for Airmen and their families as the Director of Air Force Services, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. Prior to his current assignment, Maj. Gen. Doherty was Commander, 19th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, in charge of the Air Force’s flying training enterprise covering half of the Air Force’s flying hours, training more than 32,000 Airmen a year.
Maj. Gen. Doherty is a command pilot with more than 4000 flying hours, including 339 combat hours.
1987 Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames
1992 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1997 Master of Science, Aerospace Management, Embry-Riddle University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
2000 Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2001 School of Advanced Military Studies Advanced Studies Group, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2001 Master of Military Art and Science, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2006 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2008 Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2008 Master of Arts, National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2009 U.S. Air Force Enterprise Leader Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2012 National Security Studies, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
2017 Joint Forces Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2017 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. April 1988 – February 1989, Student, Distinguished Graduate, Undergraduate Navigator Training, Mather Air Force Base, Calif.
2. February 1989 – September 1989, Student, Distinguished Graduate, B-52 Combat Crew Training School, Castle AFB, Calif.
3. October 1989 – January 1991, B-52H Navigator, 9th Bomb Squadron, Carswell AFB, Texas
4. January 1991 – January 1992, Student, Distinguished Graduate and Commander’s Trophy, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, Okla.
5. February 1992 – May 1993, Plans Officer, 71st Operations Support Squadron, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance AFB, Okla.
6. May 1993 – February 1994, Student, Top Air-to-Air Pilot, F-15E Flying Training Unit, 555th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
7. February 1994 – April 1997, Flight Commander/Instructor Pilot, 391st Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
8. April 1997 – December 1998, Flying Training Unit Instructor Pilot/Chief of Weapons, 334th FS, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
9. December 1998 – June 1999, Chief-Courseware, Det 15, Air Combat Command Training Support Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
10. June 1999 – June 2000, Student, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
11. June 2000 – June 2001, Student, School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
12. June 2001 – June 2002, Chief, Special Technical Operations, J3 Plans, U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan, South Korea
13. June 2002 – March 2004, Chief of Standards/Evaluation, Assistant Director of Operations, 336th FS, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
14. March 2004 – October 2005, Operations Officer, 335th FS, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
15. October 2005 – June 2007, Commander, 334th FS, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
16. July 2007 – June 2008, Student, Naval War College, Newport Naval Station, Newport, R.I.
17. August 2008 – June 2009, Deputy Director, Combined Air and Space Operations Center, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar
18. July 2009 – March 2010, Vice Commander, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
19. April 2010 – June 2012, Commander, 4th FW, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
20. July 2012 – March 2013, Director of Assignments, Air Force Personnel Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
21. June 2013 – June 2015, Director of Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
22. June 2015 – March 2017, Commander 82nd Training Wing, Sheppard AFB, Texas
23. March 2017 – June 2019, Commander, 19th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
24. June 2019 – present, Director, Plans/Programs/Requirements/Analysis, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2001 – June 2002, Chief, Special Technical Operations, J3 Plans, U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan, South Korea, as a major
2. August 2008 – June 2009, Deputy Director, Combined Air and Space Operations Center, U.S. Air Forces Central, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, as a colonel
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 4000
Aircraft flown: F-15E, B-52G/H, T-38C, T-6, CV-22, HH-60, UH-1, C-17, KC-135, F-16, MC-130J, T-38A, T-37, T-43
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Distinguished Flying Cross with “V” device
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Combat Action Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with “V” device and four oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, U.S. Field Artillery Association-U.S. Army/U.S. Marine Corps
1996 Twelfth Air Force Flight Commander of the Year
2003 Fourth Fighter Wing Combat Pilot of the Year
2012 Air Combat Command - General and Mrs. Jerome F. O’Malley Award
2017 Air and Education Training Command - General and Mrs. Jerome F. O’Malley Award
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Nov. 1, 1987
First Lieutenant Nov. 1, 1989
Captain Nov. 1, 1991
Major June 1, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel Feb. 1, 2004
Colonel Sept. 1, 2008
Brigadier General Jan. 31, 2014
Major General Nov. 1, 2017
(Current as of May 2020)