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 71)
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

John W. Handy (born April 29, 1944)[1] is a retired United States Air Force officer. Serving from 1967 to 2005, he reached the rank of General, and held a number of high-ranking command posts.

Handy was commissioned in 1967, and received his pilot wings in 1968. His early commands included 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 then served as Director of Operations and Logistics for the U.S. Transportation Command; Director of Programs and Evaluations; and Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics with the Air Staff in Washington, D.C. His final two postings were as Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, from 2000 to 2001, and Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command and Air Mobility Command, from October 2001 until September 2005.

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.


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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