James Kriel

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James Kriel
SSAS SD SM MMM
Maj Gen James Kriel, 1990.jpg
Born (1942-03-08)8 March 1942
Cape Town, South Africa
Died 18 July 2016(2016-07-18) (aged 74)
Bredasdorp, South Africa
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch Air Force Ensign of South Africa.svg South African Air Force
Years of service 1959 - 1996
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held
Awards

Lieutenant-General James Kriel SSAS SD SM MMM (8 March 1942 – 18 July 2016) was a South African military commander. He joined the South African Air Force in 1959.

He attended Tygerberg High before doing a pilot course in 1959.

He served as OC 35 Squadron SAAF at AFB Ysterplaat from 1974 to 1977, flying the Avro Shackleton

He later served as Officer Commanding AFB Ysterplaat as a colonel before being transferred to Headquarters in the role of director air planning as a brigadier.[1]

He was promoted to Chief of Air staff operations as a major general in 1986, followed by Chief of Air Force staff till 1991, when he was promoted to lieutenant general and appointed Chief of the Air Force.[2]

Kriel died on 18 July 2016 at the age of 74.[3]

Honours and awards[edit]

He was awarded the Order of the Star of South Africa (Silver) in 1994.[4]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452–1992. Fortress Publishers. p. 126. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  2. ^ "South African Defence Force". sadf.info. 
  3. ^ Barnard, Marelize (July 21, 2016). "Oudlugmaghoof James Kriel sterf". Netwerk24. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  4. ^ "National Orders Recipients". SA History. 1994. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Jan van Loggerenberg
Chief of the South African Air Force
1991 – 1996
Succeeded by
Willem Hechter
Preceded by
Dries van der Lith
Chief of Air Force Staff
1990 – 1991
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
Pierre Steyn
Chief of Air Staff Operations
1990
Succeeded by
AH Repsold
Preceded by
Daniel Knobel
Deputy Chief of Staff Operations
1987 – 1990
Succeeded by
Pierre Steyn
Preceded by
Unknown
Chief of Air Staff Operations
1986 – 1987
Succeeded by
Pierre Steyn