John W. Handy

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John W. Handy
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General John W. Handy
Born (1944-04-29) April 29, 1944 (age 72)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1967-2005
Rank General
Commands held Transportation Command
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)

John W. Handy (born April 29, 1944)[1] is a retired United States Air Force officer. Serving from 1967 to 2005, he reached the rank of General, and held a number of high-ranking command posts.

Handy was commissioned in 1967, and received his pilot wings in 1968. His early commands included the 21st Air Force at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey; the Air Mobility Command's Tanker Airlift Control Center; two airlift wings; and a maintenance squadron. He then served as Director of Operations and Logistics for the U.S. Transportation Command; Director of Programs and Evaluations; and Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics with the Air Staff in Washington, D.C. His final two postings were as Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, from 2000 to 2001, and Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command and Air Mobility Command, from October 2001 until September 2005.

Handy is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours, principally in airlift aircraft. As a C-130 Hercules pilot, he logged more than 300 combat hours in Southeast Asia.

Education[edit]

Flight information[edit]

Awards and decorations[edit]

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png Air Force Command Pilot Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge
US-TRANSCOM-Emblem.svg United States Transportation Command Badge
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edges
Legion of Merit with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
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 three bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with two oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal
Bronze star
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 two bronze service stars
Antarctica Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze service stars
Bronze star
Bronze star
Width-44 ribbon with the following stripes, arranged symmetrically from the edges to the center: width-2 black, width-4 chamois, width-2 Old Glory blue, width-2 white, width-2 Old Glory red, width-6 chamouis, width-3 myrtle green up to a central width-2 black stripe
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze service stars
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with 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 one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines).svg Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Award
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Other achievements[edit]

  • 1992 Honorary doctor of humanities, Methodist College

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "[1]".

Military offices
Preceded by
Lester L. Lyles
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
2000 - 2001
Succeeded by
Robert H. Foglesong
Preceded by
Charles T. Robertson Jr.
Commander, United States Transportation Command
2001 - 2005
Succeeded by
Norton A. Schwartz