Daniel P. Leaf

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Lieutenant General
Daniel P. Leaf
Lieutenant General Daniel P. "Fig" Leaf
Nickname(s) Fig
Born Flag of Wisconsin.svg Green Bay, Wisconsin
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1974-2008 (34 years)
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held
Awards See below

Lieutenant General (Retired) Daniel P. "Fig" Leaf was Deputy Commander and Acting Commander, United States Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii.

Military career[edit]

A native of Shawano, Wisconsin, General Leaf earned his commission as a distinguished graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Air Force ROTC program in 1974. He commanded a flight, two squadrons, an operations group and two fighter wings, and has directed joint operations.

In 1995, LtGen Leaf served as the J-3 for Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia and flew the F-15C over Southern Iraq, enforcing U.N. sanctions on the Saddam Hussein regime. He deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, with one of his 20th Fighter Wing squadrons in 1998 and flew the F-16CJ on Operation Northern Watch suppression of enemy air defense missions over Northern Iraq. During Operation Allied Force, LtGen Leaf commanded the 31st Air Expeditionary Wing, which included F-16CG, F-16CJ, F-15E, F-117A, A-10A and EC-130 aircraft squadrons. He flew and led F-16CG day and night combat missions against fixed and mobile targets in Serbia and Kosovo. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he served as the Director, Air Component Coordination Element with the Coalition Land Forces Component Commander in Kuwait and Iraq. In that role, he served as the Air Component Commander's direct representative to the Land Commander during planning and initial major combat operations.

Prior to this assignment, General Leaf was the Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Other staff assignments include duty as the Air Force's Director of Operational Requirements and the Deputy J-3, U.S. Forces-Korea.

Post-military career[edit]

Formerly the Deputy Commander of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), LtGen Leaf retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2008 after more than 33 years of service. LtGen (Ret.) Leaf served as a member of the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2009 through 2011. He became the Director of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in January 2012. Prior to that, he worked in the defense industry as vice president of full spectrum initiatives at Northrop Grumman Information Systems.

Education[edit]

  • 1974 Bachelor of Science degree in political science, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • 1976 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
  • 1983 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
  • 1986 Honor graduate, United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • 1986 Master of Arts degree in military art and science, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • 1987 Outstanding graduate, Air War College, by correspondence
  • 1988 U.S. Army Battalion Pre-Command Course, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • 1993 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  • 1998 Senior Information Warfare Applications Course, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  • 2000 National Security Leadership Course, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
  • 2000 Joint Flag Officers Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  • 2001 Joint Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  • 2004 Leadership at the Peak, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Assignments[edit]

  1. December 1974 - November 1975, student, pilot training, Columbus AFB, Mississippi
  2. March 1976 - November 1976, student, F-4D initial training, George AFB, California
  3. November 1976 - April 1978, F-4D aircraft commander, flight lead and standardization and evaluation officer, 7th and 9th Tactical Fighter Squadrons, Holloman AFB, New Mexico
  4. May 1978 - August 1978, student, OV-10 training, Patrick AFB, Florida
  5. August 1978 - April 1980, OV-10 forward air controller, 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron; instructor pilot and flight examiner, 51st Composite Group; later, Chief, and standardization and evaluation officer, 5th Tactical Group, Osan Air Base, South Korea
  6. April 1980 - July 1981, weapons system project officer and standardization and evaluation flight examiner, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
  7. July 1981 - June 1985, F-15C pilot, instructor pilot, Chief of Training and Scheduling, and flight commander, 44th Tactical Fighter Squadron, later, standardization and evaluation branch chief, 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, Kadena AB, Japan
  8. June 1985 - May 1988, student, later, faculty member, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  9. May 1988 - May 1992, F-15 instructor pilot, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, and operations officer, 426th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, later, Commander, 555th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, later, Commander, 58th Operations Support Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
  10. June 1992 - June 1993, Air Combat Command-sponsored research fellow and student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  11. July 1993 - July 1995, Deputy Commander, later, Commander, 1st Operations Group, Langley AFB, Virginia
  12. March 1995 - June 1995, J-3, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  13. July 1995 - June 1997, Deputy J-3, U.S. Forces Korea, and Assistant Deputy C-3, Republic of Korea/U.S. Combined Forces Command, Yongsan, South Korea
  14. July 1997 - November 1998, Commander, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB, South Carolina
  15. November 1998 - January 2000, Commander, 31st Fighter Wing and 31st Air Expeditionary Wing, Aviano AB, Italy
  16. January 2000 - November 2002, Director of Operational Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  17. December 2002 - July 2003, Director of Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. (February 2003 - April 2003, Director, U.S. Central Command Air Forces Air Component Coordination Element, Coalition Land Forces Component Headquarters, Camp Doha, Kuwait)
  18. August 2003 - September 2005, Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado
  19. October 2005 - April 2008, Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii

Flight information[edit]

  • Rating: Command pilot
  • Flight hours: More than 3,600
  • Aircraft flown: F-4C/D, OV-10, O-2, F-15A/B/C/D, F-16 Block 25/40/42/50, UH-1N and HH-60G

Awards and decorations[edit]

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
Master space badge.JPG Master Air Force Space and Missile Badge
Personal decorations
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edges
Legion of Merit with bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges. Bronze Star Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.
Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Width-44 myrtle green ribbon with width-3 white stripes at the edges and five width-1 stripes down the center; the central white stripes are width-2 apart Army Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 ribbon with two width-9 ultramarine blue stripes surrounded by two pairs of two width-4 green stripes; all these stripes are separated by width-2 white borders Army Achievement Medal
Unit awards
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with bronze oak leaf cluster
Service awards
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
Campaign and service medals
Bronze star
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
Bronze star
Width-44 ribbon with the following stripes, arranged symmetrically from the edges to the center: width-2 black, width-4 chamois, width-2 Old Glory blue, width-2 white, width-2 Old Glory red, width-6 chamouis, width-3 myrtle green up to a central width-2 black stripe
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze service star
Bronze star
Kosovo Campaign Medal with bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Service, training, and marksmanship awards
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold frame
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and bronze oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Foreign awards
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Bronze star
NATO Medal for Kosovo Service with bronze service star

Other achievements[edit]

  • 1975 Distinguished graduate, Flying Training Award and Air Training Command's Commander's *Trophy, undergraduate pilot training
  • 1983 Outstanding Company Grade Officer of the Year, Pacific Air Forces
  • 1993 Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award, Air War College
  • 1999 Air Force Public Affairs Special Achievement for Commander Support Award

Effective dates of promotion[edit]

Promotions
Insignia Rank Date
US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General  September 1, 2003
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General April 1, 2002
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General July 1, 1999
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel January 1, 1994
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 1988
US-O4 insignia.svg Major May 1, 1985
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain December 5, 1978
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant December 10, 1976
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant December 10, 1974

Publications[edit]

  • 1988 "Establishment and Evolution of Air-to-Air Weapons System Evaluation Programs," Army Command and General Staff College thesis
  • 1988 "The Future of Close Air Support," Military Review
  • 1993 "Unity of Command and Interdiction," Air University Press
  • 1994 "Acceptable Risk Planning Factor," Air-Land-Sea Applications Agency Bulletin

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
William J. Fallon
Commander of the United States Pacific Command (acting)
March 12, 2007- March 26, 2007
Succeeded by
Timothy J. Keating