Jacqueline Van Ovost

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Jacqueline Van Ovost
Gen Jacqueline D. Van Ovost.jpg
Born (1965-09-29) September 29, 1965 (age 55)
Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States[1]
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1988–present
Commands heldAir Mobility Command
89th Airlift Wing
12th Flying Training Wing
384th Air Refueling Squadron
Battles/warsGulf War
War in Afghanistan
AwardsAir Force Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal (2)

Jacqueline Desiree Van Ovost (born September 29, 1965) is a United States Air Force general who serves as the commander of the Air Mobility Command. In early 2021, she was the only active-duty female four-star general officer in the United States.[2]

She was commissioned upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in 1988. She is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and is a command pilot with more than 4,200 hours in more than 30 aircraft, including the C-32A, C-17A, C-141B, and KC-135R.[3]

Van Ovost is considered to have been fully-vetted to become commander of the United States Transportation Command, by then-Defense Secretary Mark Esper and General Mark Milley, but her recommendation was held off until after the 2020 United States presidential election over fears of the Trump administration's possible reaction against nominating women to such high positions.[4][5] However General Van Ovost and her immediate predecessor General Maryanne Miller were promoted to 4 star rank under Trump.

Awards and decorations[edit]

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png U.S. Air Force Command Pilot Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Headquarters US Air Force Badge.png Headquarters Air Force Badge
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with one 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 oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Silver oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with silver oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
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 one bronze service star
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg Southwest Asia Service Medal with two service stars
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two service stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal ribbon.svg Armed Forces Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold frame
Silver oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


  1. ^ https://militaryhallofhonor.com/honoree-record.php?id=229052
  2. ^ "Van Ovost Sworn in as AMC Boss, Becoming Military's Only Female Four Star". airforcemag.com.
  3. ^ "Lieutenant General Jacqueline D. Van Ovost > U.S. Air Force > Biography Display". af.mil. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  4. ^ Schmitt, Eric; Cooper, Helene (2021-02-17). "Promotions for Female Generals Were Delayed Over Fears of Trump's Reaction". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-02-21.
  5. ^ Everstine, Brian W. (2021-02-17). "Report: AMC Boss Expected to be Nominated to Lead TRANSCOM". Air Force Magazine. Retrieved 2021-02-21.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Frederick S. Rudesheim
Vice Director of the Joint Staff
Succeeded by
Mike Dumont
Preceded by
Stayce D. Harris
Director of Staff of the United States Air Force
Succeeded by
Timothy G. Fay
Preceded by
Jon T. Thomas
Deputy Commander of the Air Mobility Command
Succeeded by
Brian S. Robinson
Preceded by
Maryanne Miller
Commander of the Air Mobility Command