James Kriel

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James Kriel
Maj Gen James Kriel, 1990.jpg
Born (1942-03-08) 8 March 1942 (age 72)
Cape Town
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch Ensign of the South African Air Force.svg South African Air Force
Years of service 1959 - 1996
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held

Lieutenant-General James Kriel SSAS SD SM MMM is a former South African military commander. He joined the South African Air Force in 1959.

He attended Tygerberg High before doing a pilot course in 1959.

He served as OC 35 Squadron SAAF at AFB Ysterplaat from 1974-1977, flying the Avro Shackleton

He later served as Officer Commanding AFB Ysterplaat as a Colonel before being transferred to Headquarters in the role of Director Air Planning as a Brigadier.[1]

He was promoted to Chief of Air staff operations as a Major General in 1986, followed by Chief of Air Force staff till 1991 when he was promoted to Lieutenant General and appointed Chief of the Air Force.[2]

Honours and awards[edit]

He was awarded the Order of the Star of South Africa (Silver) in 1994.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. p. 126. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  2. ^ South African Defence Forces
  3. ^ "National Orders Recipients". SA History. 1994. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Jan van Loggerenberg
Chief of the South African Air Force
Succeeded by
Willem Hechter