John W. Handy

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John W. Handy
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General John W. Handy
Born (1944-04-29) April 29, 1944 (age 69)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1967-2005
Rank General
Commands held Transportation Command
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Legion of Merit (2)
Air Medal (2)
Antarctica Service Medal

General John W. Handy (born April 29, 1944)[1] was Commander, U.S. Transportation Command, and Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois from October 2001 until September 2005. General Handy retired effective October 1, 2005.

General Handy was commissioned in 1967 and received his pilot wings in 1968. He has commanded the 21st Air Force at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey; the Air Mobility Command's Tanker Airlift Control Center; two airlift wings and a maintenance squadron. He has served as the Director of Operations and Logistics for USTRANSCOM; the Air Force's Director of Programs and Evaluations, and Deputy Chief of Staff, Installations and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

General Handy is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours, principally in airlift aircraft. As a C-130 Hercules pilot, he logged more than 300 combat hours in Southeast Asia. Prior to assuming command over the U.S. Transportation Command, the general was Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.


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Other achievements[edit]

  • 1992 Honorary doctor of humanities, Methodist College


 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "[1]".

Military offices
Preceded by
Lester L. Lyles
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
2000 - 2001
Succeeded by
Robert H. Foglesong
Preceded by
Charles T. Robertson Jr.
Commander, United States Transportation Command
2001 - 2005
Succeeded by
Norton A. Schwartz