Timothy A. Kinnan

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Timothy Alan Kinnan
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Timothy Kinnan, USAF
Nickname(s) "Conan"
Born (1948-04-24) April 24, 1948 (age 68)
Tacoma, Washington
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1970–2004
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held

Air Force Doctrine Center
Air War College
401st Fighter Wing

347th Wing
318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
Battles/wars Deny Flight, Southern Watch, Provide Comfort
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Relations Wally Kinnan
Other work Vice President, C4ISR at Lockheed Martin Corporation

Timothy Alan Kinnan (born April 24, 1948) was a Lieutenant General in the United States Air Force he retired from active duty in September 2004.

Personal and family background[edit]

Kinnan was born in Tacoma, Washington to the late Henry Wallace ("Wally") Kinnan, and Marjorie Ahrendt. His father, Wally Kinnan, a pioneering television meteorologist and early television personality, was also a B-17 pilot during World War II and was shot down, spending nearly two years as a POW in Stalag Luft III. While interned Wally was a founding member of the Sagan Serenaders, a group of musicians who were immortalized in the movie The Great Escape for holding concerts to cover the sound of digging associated with the escape attempt. Wally’s war-time and peace time service created in Tim a strong interest in the US Air Force. Getting both the interest in flying and an interest in music from his father he had to make a choice between the US Air Force Academy and music school. The Air Force won out and he entered the US Air Force Academy in 1966 receiving his commission in 1970. Following graduation he married Sue Elaine Kelley. He has two daughters, Jennifer and Emily and five grandchildren, Kelley, Jillian, Lydia, Max, and Gabrielle.


Kinnan’s military education includes the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado (Class of 1970); Distinguished Graduate Air Force Squadron Officers School in 1974, Air Command and Staff College in 1976, Armed Forces Staff College in 1981, Distinguished Graduate National War College in 1990, Joint Force Air Component Commander Course in 1995 and Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course in 1997.

In his civilian studies, he earned a Master of Science degree in Astronautical and Aeronautical Engineering Purdue University

Service career[edit]

Kinnan was commissioned a Second Lieutenant upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy with the Class of 1970.

He was a command pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours, primarily in the F-4, F-15 and F-16.

In 1977, he was awarded the first Risner Trophy as the outstanding graduate of the USAF Weapons School.

In 1993, as Commander of the 401st Fighter Wing in Aviano, Italy, he led the beddown and support of joint and combined airpower in NATO's Deny Flight Operation over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Later, as Commander of the 347th Wing, he was responsible for the first operational deployment to Southwest Asia under the Air Force's aerospace expeditionary force concept. Other commands include an F-15 squadron, the Air War College and Air Force Doctrine Center.

General Kinnan served as Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy with the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C., supporting the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in developing military strategy and policy within the interagency process in Washington.

His final active duty assignment was U.S. Military Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Committee, NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium. He represented the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in deliberations and actions of the military committee, NATO's highest military authority. He also worked with military representatives of NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations to develop policy recommendations for the political authorities of the alliance.

Civilian career[edit]

Until February 2007 he was Vice President, C4ISR at Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Flight information[edit]

Major Awards and Decorations[edit]

Effective Dates Of Promotion[edit]

  • US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant — June 3, 1970
  • US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant — December 3, 1971
  • US-O3 insignia.svg Captain — December 3, 1973
  • US-O4 insignia.svg Major — September 1, 1979
  • US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel — December 1, 1982
  • US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel — April 1, 1988
  • US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General — August 15, 1994
  • US-O8 insignia.svg Major General — August 15, 1996
  • US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General — September 1, 2001

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