John P. Jumper

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John P. Jumper
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General John P. Jumper
Born (1945-02-04) February 4, 1945 (age 69)
Paris, Texas
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1966–2005
Rank General
Commands held
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards
John P. Jumper speaking as a CEO of Leidos, September 2013

John P. Jumper (born February 4, 1945) is a retired United States Air Force general, who served as 17th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force from September 6, 2001 to September 2, 2005. He retired from the Air Force on November 1, 2005. Jumper was succeeded as Chief of Staff by General T. Michael Moseley.

Background[edit]

Jumper was born in Paris, Texas. He earned his commission as a distinguished graduate of Virginia Military Institute's Air Force ROTC program in 1966. He has commanded a fighter squadron, two fighter wings, a numbered Air Force, and U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Allied Air Forces Central Europe. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the general served as Commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base.

Jumper has also served at the Pentagon as Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, as the Senior Military Assistant to two secretaries of defense, and as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff for Roles and Missions. A command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours, principally in fighter aircraft, Jumper served two tours in Southeast Asia, accumulating more than 1,400 combat hours.

Jumper retired from the Air Force on November 1, 2005.

In June 2007 Jumper joined Board of Directors of Science Applications International Corporation, a federal contractor company.[1] On March 1, 2012 Jumper become SAIC's CEO[2] and was essential in splitting the company into two. After the split Jumper remained the CEO of the company which changed its name to Leidos.[3] Jumper will retire as CEO in July 2014, when Roger Krone succeeds him as the company's new CEO, but Jumper will stay on as chairman of the company's board of directors.[4]

Education[edit]

  1. 1962 Hampton High School (Hampton, Virginia)
  2. 1966 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington
  3. 1975 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  4. 1978 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  5. 1979 Master of Business Administration degree, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California
  6. 1982 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.

Assignments[edit]

  1. June 1966 – July 1967, student pilot, 3550th Pilot Training Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia
  2. July 1967 – September 1967, C-7 upgrade training, Sewart AFB, Tennessee
  3. October 1967 – October 1968, C-7 pilot, 459th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Phu Cat Air Base, South Vietnam
  4. November 1968 – July 1969, F-4 upgrade training, 431st Tactical Fighter Squadron, George AFB, California
  5. July 1969 – May 1970, instructor pilot, weapons officer and fast forward air controller, 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Udon Royal Thai AFB, Thailand
  6. June 1970 – July 1974, instructor pilot, flight examiner and standardization and evaluation chief, 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Bentwaters, England
  7. July 1974 – August 1977, flight instructor, later, flight commander, U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
  8. August 1977 – June 1978, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  9. June 1978 – August 1981, Staff Officer for Operations and Readiness, Tactical Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  10. August 1981 – July 1982, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  11. July 1982 – February 1983, Chief of Safety, 474th Tactical Fighter Wing, Nellis AFB, Nevada
  12. March 1983 – July 1983, Commander, 430th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nevada
  13. July 1983 – August 1986, Special Assistant and Executive Officer to the Commander, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB, Virginia
  14. August 1986 – February 1988, Vice Commander, later, Commander, 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
  15. February 1988 – May 1990, Commander, 57th Fighter Weapons Wing, Nellis AFB, Nevada
  16. June 1990 – April 1992, Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
  17. May 1992 – February 1994, Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
  18. February 1994 – July 1994, Special Assistant to the Air Force Chief of Staff for Roles and Missions, Washington, D.C.
  19. August 1994 – June 1996, Commander, 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina
  20. June 1996 – November 1997, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  21. December 1997 – February 2000, Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and Commander, Allied Air Forces Central Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany
  22. February 2000 – September 2001, Commander, Headquarters ACC, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia
  23. September 2001 – September 2005, Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Television[edit]

Jumper appeared as himself in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Lost City: Part 2".[5]

Flight information[edit]

Awards and decorations[edit]

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png Command Air Force Pilot Badge
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Width-44 white ribbon with width-10 scarlet stripes at edges, separated from the white by width-2 ultramarine blue stripes. Army Distinguished Service Medal
Navy blue ribbon with central gold stripe Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Coast Guard 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
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross with two bronze oak leaf clusters
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 two bronze oak leaf clusters
Silver oak leaf cluster
Silver oak leaf cluster
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with three silver and one bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Medal (18th consecutive award of this medal; denotes second ribbon for accouterment spacing)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Presidential Unit Citation (Air Force) with bronze oak leaf cluster
Presidential Unit Citation (Navy)
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
V
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
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 one bronze service star
Silver star
Vietnam Service Medal with silver 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 oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with bronze oak leaf cluster
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
French Legion of Honour, Commandeur Medal
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Award
Vietnam Campaign Medal

Effective dates of promotion[edit]

Promotions
Insignia Rank Date
US-O10 insignia.svg General November 17, 1997
US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General  September 1, 1994
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General February 1, 1992
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General August 1, 1989
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel October 1, 1985
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel October 1, 1980
US-O4 insignia.svg Major January 1, 1978
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain June 12, 1969
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant December 12, 1967
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant June 12, 1966

Tanker Lease Scandal[edit]

On June 7, 2005 General Jumper apologized to Senator McCain for internal Air Force emails about the Senator in the context of the tanker lease scandal, calling them "unprofessional and not worthy of a great Air Force."[6]

Thunderbirds "Thundervision" Scandal[edit]

Members of the United States Air Force were under investigation by the FBI for having awarded a $50 million contract for audio-visual presentation services to Strategic Message Solutions of Plymouth Meeting, Pa.[7][8][9] The contract involved the "Thundervision" project, meant to provide oversized video screens and perhaps content services during air shows that featured the Air Force Thunderbirds. The investigation revolves around possible involvement of Jumper, and then Chief of Staff of the Air Force T. Michael Moseley. It was suggested that the contract price was inflated, because a friend of the two generals, Air Force General (ret.) Hal Hornburg, was associated with Strategic Message Solutions.[10] Two companies involved in the bidding process protested award of the contract, one having offered comparable services for half as much. The Air Force later cancelled the contract.[11]

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Military offices
Preceded by
Gen. Michael E. Ryan
Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
2001–2005
Succeeded by
Gen. T. Michael Moseley