Daniel James III

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Daniel James III
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Daniel James III
Born 9/7/1945
Died 8/1/2017
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Rank Lieutenant General

Lt. Gen. Daniel James III was the director of the Air National Guard from 3 June 2002 to 20 May 2006 and is the son of famed General Daniel James, Jr..[1] He retired from the United States Air Force in June 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and graduated from the Air Command and Staff College in 1981 and the National Security Management Course in 1992.

He performed 500 combat flying hours in Southeast Asia and earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses. He was the first African-American to become the director of the Air National Guard.[2]

Major awards and decorations[edit]


  • June 1968 - June 1969, student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams Air Force Base, Ariz.
  • June 1969 - August 1970, forward air controller, Cam Ranh Bay Air Base, South Vietnam
  • August 1970 - July 1972, squadron instructor pilot, Williams AFB, Ariz.
  • July 1972 - February 1973, squadron flight training class commander, Williams AFB, Ariz.
  • February 1973 - December 1973, air operations staff officer, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • December 1973 - June 1974, U.S. Air Force conversion training course, George AFB, Calif.
  • June 1974 - May 1975, 421st TFS squadron instructor pilot and assistant flight commander, Udorn Royal Thai AFB, Thailand
  • May 1975 - August 1976, 64th FWS Aggressor instructor pilot, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  • August 1976 - September 1978, 65th FWS Aggressor instructor pilot and squadron flight commander, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  • September 1978 - September 1979, weapons tactics officer, 149th Tactical Fighter Group, Texas Air National Guard, Kelly AFB, Texas
  • September 1979 - March 1982, group pilot, later, unit pilot, 182nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Kelly AFB, Texas
  • March 1982 - December 1983, unit commander, 182nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Kelly AFB, Texas
  • December 1983 - October 1988, Commander, A flight, 182nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Kelly AFB, Texas
  • October 1988 - October 1989, pilot, C flight, 182nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Kelly AFB, Texas
  • October 1989 - December 1992, command post assistant officer-in-charge, later, command post officer-in-charge, 149th Tactical Fighter Group, Kelly AFB, Texas
  • December 1992 - December 1994, Vice Commander, 149th Tactical Fighter Wing, Kelly AFB, Texas
  • December 1994 - November 1995, Commander, 149th Operations Group, Kelly AFB, Texas
  • November 1995 - June 2002, Adjutant General, Headquarters Texas National Guard, Austin
  • June 2002 - 2006, Director, Air National Guard, Arlington, Va.


  1. ^ "Active Major Command and ANG Leaders" (PDF), Air Force Magazine, Air Force Association, p. 106, May 2011, retrieved 20 December 2011 
  2. ^ Sgt. Jim Greenhill (10 May 2005). "Lt. Gen. James says farewell to Air Guard members". US Air Force. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Members of the Order of the Sword". Maxwell AFB Air University. 16 November 2005. Retrieved 23 Sep 2011. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Paul A. Weaver Jr.
Director of the United States Air National Guard
June 2002 - 2006
Succeeded by
Craig R. McKinley