William M. Fraser III

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William M. Fraser III
Fraser TRANSCOM HighRes.jpg
General William M. Fraser III, USAF
Born (1952-08-17) August 17, 1952 (age 62)
Lakeland, Florida, U.S.[1]
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1974–2014
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held U.S. Transportation Command
Air Combat Command
Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force
2nd Bomb Wing
28th Bomb Wing
509th Operations Group
Battles/wars

Operation Southern Watch
Operation Desert Thunder
Operation Allied Force

Operation Enduring Freedom
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (3)

General William M. Fraser III, USAF (born August 17, 1952)[2] was the 10th Commander, U.S. Transportation Command. He previously served as Commander, Air Combat Command from September 10, 2009 to September 30, 2011. Prior to that, he served as the 34th Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force from 9 October 2008 to 27 August 2009 and as Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from May 2006 to 8 October 2008. As the Assistant to the CJCS, General Fraser oversaw matters requiring close personal control by the Chairman, with particular focus on international relations and politico-military concerns. As commander of U.S. Transportation Command, Fraser was in charge of managing all global air, land and sea transportation. He retired 5 May, 2014.

General Fraser entered the United States Air Force in 1974 as a distinguished graduate of the Texas A&M University ROTC program. His operational assignments include duty as a T-37 Tweet instructor pilot and evaluator; B-52 Stratofortress aircraft commander, instructor and evaluator; and deputy commander of a B-1 Lancer operations group. General Fraser was the first Commander of the 509th Operations Group, then served as the Vice Wing Commander for the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, Mo. He commanded the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., and 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, La. His staff duties include tours on the Air Staff, Joint Staff and Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff at Offutt AFB, Neb. He has also served as Chief of the Nuclear Requirements Cell at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, and Chief of Staff for U.S. Strategic Command.

General Fraser has extensive wartime, contingency and humanitarian relief operational experience. While serving as the special assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, he orchestrated the deployment and operations of JSTARS in support of Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia, and also provided direct support to Operation Provide Comfort in Northern Iraq. Additionally, he oversaw the deployment of forces and subsequent withdrawal of 2,444 foreign and U.S. citizens from Liberia during Operation Assured Response. While commanding the 28th Bomb Wing, he conducted the first-ever deployment of B-1s as part of Operation Desert Thunder in Southwest Asia. He later commanded the 2nd Bomb Wing when they deployed B-52s for combat during Operation Noble Anvil and Operation Allied Force. The wing also deployed 300 personnel throughout Southwest Asia in support of Operation Southern Watch. As Deputy Director for Military Support, he led an intelligence fusion organization providing direct support to Operation Enduring Freedom.

Education[edit]

Assignments[edit]

  1. November 1974 - October 1975, student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
  2. October 1975 - March 1976, student, instructor pilot training, Randolph AFB, Texas
  3. March 1976 - February 1978, T-37 instructor pilot and T-37 check pilot, 96th Flying Training Squadron, Williams AFB, Ariz.
  4. March 1978 - March 1980, T-37 instructor pilot and flight examiner, 82nd Flying Training Wing, Williams AFB, Ariz.
  5. March 1980 - October 1980, Operational Support Aircraft Program Element Monitor, Air Staff Training Program, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  6. October 1980 - April 1981, Worldwide Military Command, Control and Communications Program Element Monitor, Air Staff Training Program, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  7. May 1981 - October 1981, B-52H student, 4017th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Castle AFB, Calif.
  8. October 1981 - March 1983, B-52H aircraft commander, later B-52G aircraft commander and instructor pilot, 46th Bomb Squadron, Grand Forks AFB, N.D.
  9. March 1983 - December 1984, Chief, B-52G Standardization and Evaluation Branch, 319th Bomb Wing, Grand Forks AFB, N.D.
  10. January 1985 - June 1985, student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
  11. June 1985 - March 1986, Chief, European Single Integrated Operational Plan Tactics, Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  12. April 1986 - October 1987, executive officer to the SAC Chief of Staff, Headquarters SAC, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  13. October 1987 - July 1990, Chief, Nuclear Requirements Cell, SHAPE, Mons, Belgium
  14. July 1990 - July 1991, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  15. July 1991 - July 1993, Deputy Commander, 384th Operations Group, McConnell AFB, Kan.
  16. July 1993 - January 1995, Commander, 509th Operations Group, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
  17. January 1995 - August 1995, Vice Commander, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
  18. August 1995 - January 1997, special assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, SHAPE, Mons, Belgium
  19. February 1997 - May 1998, Commander, 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
  20. May 1998 - May 1999, Chief of Staff, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  21. May 1999 - December 2000, Commander, 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, La.
  22. December 2000 - December 2002, Deputy Director for National Systems Operations, the Joint Staff; Director, Defense Space Reconnaissance Program; and Deputy Director for Military Support, National Reconnaissance Office, Washington, D.C.
  23. January 2003 - October 2004, Director of Operations, Headquarters AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas
  24. November 2004 - February 2005, special assistant to the Commander, Air Force Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center, Deputy Chief of Staff for Warfighting Integration, Langley AFB, Va.
  25. February 2005 - May 2006, Vice Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
  26. May 2006 - October 2008, Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.
  27. October 2008 – September 2009, Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  28. September 2009 – September 2011, Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va., and Air Component Commander for U.S. Joint Forces Command
  29. October 2011 - May 2014, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

Flight Information[edit]

  • Rating: Command pilot
  • Flight hours: More than 4,200
  • Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, T-1, KC-135R, B-1B, B-2A, B-52G/H and C-21

Major awards and decorations[edit]

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
SpcMidBadge.jpg Command Space and Missile Operations Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge
US-TRANSCOM-Emblem.svg United States Transportation Command Badge
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edges
Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with 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 bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with bronze oak leaf cluster
National Intelligence Achievement Medal
Secretary's Distinguished Service Award
NRO Distinguished Service.jpg National Reconnaissance Office Distinguished Service Medal (Gold Medal)
Combat Readiness Medal
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
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 bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with bronze oak leaf cluster
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
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
LVA Order of Viesturs.png Order of Viesturs, Military Grand Cross (ribbon plain red as shown, but with crossed swords)

Other Achievements[edit]

  • Officer training award, undergraduate pilot training
  • Top graduate, T-37 pilot instructor training
  • T-37 Instructor Pilot of the Year
  • Distinguished graduate, B-52 G/H combat crew training
  • Air Force Public Affairs Directors Special Achievement Award for commander support
  • Joseph A. Moller Award, Outstanding Wing Commander, ACC
  • Honorary Tuskegee Airman
  • Order of the Sword, Air Combat Command
  • Air Force 2013 Gray Eagle

Effective dates of promotion[edit]

Promotions
Insignia Rank Date
US-O10 insignia.svg General October 8, 2008
US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General  February 3, 2005
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General October 1, 2003
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General January 1, 2000
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel January 1, 1992
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 1988
US-O4 insignia.svg Major October 1, 1983
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain November 8, 1978
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant November 8, 1976
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant November 8, 1974

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web

External links[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Gen. Duncan McNabb
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
2008 - 2009
Succeeded by
Gen. Carrol Chandler
Preceded by
Gen. John D. W. Corley
Commander, Air Combat Command
2009 - 2011
Succeeded by
Gen. Gilmary M. Hostage III
Preceded by
Gen. Duncan McNabb
Commander, United States Transportation Command
2011 - 2014
Succeeded by
Gen. Paul J. Selva