Douglas M. Fraser

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General
Douglas M. Fraser
General Douglas Malcolm Fraser
General Fraser, June 2009
Birth name Douglas Malcolm Fraser
Born (1953-04-16) April 16, 1953 (age 64)
Casper, Wyoming[1]
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1975 – 2013 (37+ years)
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held
Awards See below

Douglas Malcolm Fraser (born April 16, 1953), is a retired United States Air Force general who served as the Commander, United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). He was the first U.S. Air Force officer to become USSOUTHCOM's combatant commander. He previously served as Deputy Commander, United States Pacific Command from April 2008 to June 24, 2009. He assumed his final assignment on June 25, 2009.[2]

Military career[edit]

General Fraser earned his commission upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in 1975. His operational assignments include Europe, the Pacific, Air Combat Command and Air Force Space Command. He has previously served as Commander, Space Warfare Center, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado; as well as Commander, Alaskan Command, United States Pacific Command; Commander, 11th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces; and Commander, Alaskan North American Defense Region, with headquarters at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Prior to his final assignment, he was Deputy Commander, United States Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii.

Education[edit]

Assignments[edit]

  1. August 1975 - July 1976, student, undergraduate pilot training, Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma
  2. September 1976 - March 1977, F-15 student, 405th Tactical Training Unit, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona
  3. June 1977 - May 1980, F-15 pilot, 36th Tactical Fighter Wing, Bitburg Air Base, West Germany
  4. June 1980 - June 1983, F-15 squadron weapons officer, 405th Tactical Training Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona
  5. July 1983 - June 1985, flight commander, 49th Tactical Fighter Wing, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
  6. July 1985 - July 1986, aide to the Commander, 12th Air Force, Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas
  7. August 1986 - June 1987, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  8. July 1987 - July 1989, fighter programmer, Directorate of Programs and Resources, Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  9. July 1989 - May 1991, member, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Staff Group, Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  10. July 1991 - June 1992, Commander, Weapons and Tactics Flight, 18th Operations Support Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan
  11. June 1992 - October 1992, Director of Operations, 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan
  12. October 1992 - July 1993, Commander, 12th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan
  13. August 1993 - June 1994, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  14. July 1994 - July 1996, analysis assistant, Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Requirements, Washington, D.C.
  15. July 1996 - June 1997, Director, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Operations Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  16. July 1997 - January 1999, Commander, 366th Operations Group, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho
  17. February 1999 - January 2000, executive assistant to the Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii
  18. January 2000 - April 2002, Commander, 3d Wing, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
  19. April 2002 - June 2003, Commander, Space Warfare Center, Air Force Space Command, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado
  20. May 2003 - October 2005, Director of Air and Space Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
  21. October 2005 - April 2008, Commander, Alaskan Command, United States Pacific Command; Commander, 11th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces; and Commander, Alaskan North American Defense Region, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
  22. April 2008 - June 2009, Deputy Commander, United States Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii
  23. June 2009 - November 2012, Commander, United States Southern Command, Miami, Florida

Flight information[edit]

  • Rating: Command pilot
  • Flight hours: More than 3,100
  • Aircraft flown: F-15A/B/C/D, F-15E, F-16 and C-37

Awards and decorations[edit]

Personal decorations
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edges Legion of Merit
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Unit awards
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Outstanding Unit Award with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Organizational Excellence Award with bronze oak leaf cluster
Campaign and service medals
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Service, training, and marksmanship awards
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with two bronze oak leaf clusters
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
Foreign awards
Order of the Sun of Peru, Grand Cross
Order of Merit of Duarte, Sánchez and Mella, Grand Officer (Dominican Republic)
Order of Military Merit Antonio Nariño (Colombia)
Grand Cross of the Air Force Cross of Aeronautical Merit (Colombia)[3]
Military Medal "Faith on the Cause" (Colombian Air Force)
POL Order Zaslugi PRL kl5 BAR.PNG Medal of the Ministry of Defence (Colombia)
Other accoutrements
COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png U.S. Air Force Command Pilot Badge
Master space badge.JPG Master Space Operations Badge
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.png Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
Seal of the United States Southern Command.svg United States Southern Command Identification Badge

Other foreign awards[edit]

  • Chilean Joint Staff Badge

Effective dates of promotion[edit]

Promotions
Insignia Rank Date
US-O10 insignia.svg General June 25, 2009
US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General  October 11, 2005
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General August 1, 2004
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General July 1, 2001
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel February 1, 1995
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 1990
US-O4 insignia.svg Major October 1, 1986
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain June 4, 1979
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant June 4, 1977
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant June 4, 1975

Succession[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
James G. Stavridis
United States Southern Command
July 1, 2009 – November 19, 2012
Succeeded by
John F. Kelly

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Air Force document "General Douglas M. Fraser biography".