Duncan McNabb

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General
Duncan McNabb
Duncan McNabb
Born (1952-08-08) August 8, 1952 (age 62)
Flag of South Carolina.svg Shaw Field, South Carolina
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1974–2011 (37 years)
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held
Awards See below

Duncan J. McNabb (born August 8, 1952)[1] was a United States Air Force general who last served as the ninth Commander, U.S. Transportation Command from September 5, 2008 to October 17, 2011. He previously served as the 33rd Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

Military career[edit]

General McNabb graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1974. A command pilot, he has amassed more than 5,400 flying hours in transport and rotary wing aircraft. He has held command and staff positions at squadron, group, wing, major command and Department of Defense levels. During Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, General McNabb commanded the 41st Military Airlift Squadron, which earned Military Airlift Command's Airlift Squadron of the Year in 1990. The general commanded the 89th Operations Group, overseeing the air transportation of our nation's leaders, including the President, Vice President, Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense. He then served as Commander of the 62nd Airlift Wing. The wing's performance in 1996 earned the Riverside Trophy as the 15th Air Force's outstanding wing. He also commanded the Tanker Airlift Control Center where he planned, scheduled and directed a fleet of more than 1,400 aircraft in support of combat delivery and strategic airlift, air refueling and aeromedical operations around the world. Most recently, General McNabb was the Commander of Air Mobility Command, where he led 134,000 total force Airmen in providing rapid global mobility, aerial refueling, special airlift and aeromedical evacuation for America's armed forces.

General McNabb's staff assignments have been a variety of planning, programming and logistical duties. These include serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs on the Air Staff and Chairman of the Air Force Board having oversight of all Air Force programs. He also served as the Director for Logistics on the Joint Staff where he was responsible for operational logistics and strategic mobility support to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense. General McNabb retired from the Air Force on November 30, 2011 after over 37 years of service.

Education[edit]

Assignments[edit]

General McNabb in Airman Battle Uniform
  1. June 1974 – May 1975, student, undergraduate navigator training, Mather Air Force Base, California
  2. August 1975 – April 1978, instructor navigator, 14th Military Airlift Squadron, Norton Air Force Base, California
  3. April 1978 – April 1979, airlift director, 63rd Military Airlift Wing, Norton Air Force Base, California
  4. April 1979 – April 1980, student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams Air Force Base, Arizona
  5. August 1980 – August 1983, instructor pilot and chief pilot, 14th Military Airlift Squadron, Norton Air Force Base, California
  6. August 1983 – July 1984, general's aide, Air Force Inspection and Safety Center, Norton Air Force Base, California
  7. July 1984 – June 1986, Chief, Plans Integration Branch, Headquarters Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
  8. June 1986 – June 1988, aide to the Commander, United States Transportation Command and Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
  9. June 1988 – November 1990, chief pilot, later, operations officer, 17th Military Airlift Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina
  10. November 1990 – January 1992, Commander, 41st Military Airlift Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina
  11. January 1992 – August 1992, Deputy Group Commander, 437th Operations Group, Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina
  12. August 1992 – June 1993, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  13. July 1993 – June 1995, Chief, Logistics Readiness Center, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
  14. July 1995 – July 1996, Commander, 89th Operations Group, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland
  15. July 1996 – July 1997, Commander, 62d Airlift Wing, McChord Air Force Base, Washington
  16. August 1997 – June 1999, Commander, Tanker Airlift Control Center, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
  17. June 1999 – December 1999, Deputy Director of Programs, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters, United States Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  18. December 1999 – April 2002, Director of Programs, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters, United States Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  19. April 2002 – July 2004, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters, United States Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  20. August 2004 – October 2005, Director for Logistics, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
  21. October 2005 – September 2007, Commander, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
  22. September 2007 – September 2008, Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters, United States Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  23. September 2008 – October 2011, Commander, United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

Summary of joint assignments[edit]

  1. June 1986 - June 1988, aide to the Commander, United States Transportation Command and Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, as a Major
  2. July 1993 - June 1995, Chief, Logistics Readiness Center, Joint Staff, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a Colonel
  3. August 2004 - October 2005, Director for Logistics, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a Lieutenant General
  4. September 2008 - October 2011, Commander, United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, as a General

Flight information[edit]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Personal decorations
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service 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
Air Force Achievement Medal
Unit awards
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Silver oak leaf cluster
Outstanding Unit Award with silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Organizational Excellence Award with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Service awards
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Campaign and service medals
Bronze star
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with two bronze service stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze service stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Service, training, and marksmanship awards
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze star
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with bronze service star
Air Force Training Ribbon
Foreign awards
NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
Other accoutrements
COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
AFNavBadge.jpg US Air Force Master Navigator Badge
USA Parachutist.png Basic Parachutist badge
US-TRANSCOM-Emblem.svg United States Transportation Command
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge

Other achievements[edit]

Effective dates of promotion[edit]

Promotions
Insignia Rank Date
US-O10 insignia.svg General December 1, 2005
US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General  April 19, 2002
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General February 26, 2001
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General July 27, 1998
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel January 1, 1993
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 1989
US-O4 insignia.svg Major October 1, 1985
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain June 5, 1978
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant June 5, 1976
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant June 5, 1974

Succession[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Gen. John D.W. Corley
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
2007 - 2008
Succeeded by
Gen. William M. Fraser III
Preceded by
Gen. T. Michael Moseley
Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
Acting

July 2008 - August 2008
Succeeded by
Gen. Norton A. Schwartz
Preceded by
Gen. Norton A. Schwartz
Commander, United States Transportation Command
2008 - 2011
Succeeded by
Gen. William M. Fraser III

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Air Force document "General Duncan McNabb biography".
 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "U.S. Department of Defense Official Biography for Gen Duncan McNabb".