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John M. Davey
At the time of his retirement on September 1, 1993, Major General John M. Davey was the director, plans and policy, at Headquarters U.S. European Command, in Stuttgart, Germany.
General Davey was born in San Diego in 1937 and graduated from La Salle Academy High School, Providence, R.I. He received a bachelor’s degree in military science from the first graduating class of the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1959 and a master of science degree in business through the Air Force Institute of Technology program from the University of Rochester in 1970. The general was a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College in 1979.
Upon graduation from the academy in June 1959, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and was first assigned to Bartow Air Force Base, FL, and then to Vance Air Force Base, OK., for pilot training. He received wings in September 1960 and attended combat crew training in the F-100 at Luke Air Force Base, AZ, and Nellis Air Force Base, NV.
In August 1961 he was assigned to George Air Force Base, CA, as an F-100 pilot with the 307th Tactical Fighter Squadron and moved with his squadron in June 1962 to Homestead Air Force Base, Fla. During this same period, he served as a jump-qualified forward air controller attached to the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC.
After a tour of duty as aide-de-camp to the commander of 9th Air Force, Shaw Air Force Base, SC, General Davey then entered F-4 pilot training at Key West Naval Air Station, FL, under the Air Force-Navy pilot exchange program. He then was assigned to naval fighter squadron VF-41 aboard the USS Independence and logged more than 300 carrier landings and 93 combat missions over North Vietnam.
The general was assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ, in January 1967 and served as an instructor pilot with the 4454th Combat Crew Training Squadron. In October 1967 he transferred to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, as a Test manager at the F-111 System Program Office.
In 1970 General Davey was assigned as a program analyst in the Directorate of Programs and Resources, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, DC. He attended F-4E operational training at Homestead Air Force Base,FL in September 1974 and, in January 1975, was assigned to Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, flying the F-4 as chief of operations and training with the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing.
The general also flew the F-4 as an operations officer with the 92nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Station Bentwaters, England, in March of 1976. From November 1976 to May 1978 he was the commander of the newly reactivated 512th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany. He then became assistant deputy commander for operations, 86th Tactical Fighter Wing, also at Ramstein.
Returning to the United States in August 1978, General Davey attended the Naval War College and, after graduating in July 1979, returned to Air Force headquarters. While there he served as assistant deputy director for joint and congressional matters, Directorate of Plans, then as deputy director for tactical and mobility forces, and, later, as deputy director for resources, Directorate of Programs. In August 1981 he transferred to Hahn Air Base, West Germany, where he served as vice commander and inspector general, 50th Tactical Fighter Wing. In October 1982 he became wing commander.
The general was then assigned as commander of the 832nd Air Division, Luke Air Force Base, AZ, in January 1985. In August 1986 he became commander of the 26th Air Division, March Air Force Base, CA., and in July of 1987, commander of the 25th Air Division, McChord Air Force Base, WA. In August 1989 he was assigned as chief of staff, Headquarters Allied Air Forces Southern Europe, Naples, Italy. He assumed his position as the director, plans and policy, at Headquarters U.S. European Command, in Stuttgart, Germany, in December 1990.
General Davey is a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours in aircraft including the F-4, F-15, F-16 and F-100. He most recently flew the F-15 Eagle.
His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters, and Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster. He also wears the Parachutist Badge.
- 6/1959 Graduate USAFA, commissioned 2Lt
Bartow Air Force Base, FL
- 9/1960 Pilot Training, Vance AFB, OK
- 1961 Combat crew training, Luke Air Force Base, AZ/Nellis AFB, NV (F-100)
- 1961 306th/307th Tactical Fighter Squadron/31st Tactical Fighter Wing, George AFB, CA (F-100)
- 6/1962 307th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Homestead AFB, FL (F-100) During this same period he served as a jump-qualified forward air controller attached to the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC
- 9th Air Force, Aide-de-camp to the commander, Shaw AFB, SC
- F-4 pilot training, Air Force-Navy pilot exchange program, Key West Naval Air Station, FL (F-4)
- Naval fighter squadron VF-41 aboard the USS Independence (300 carrier landings 93 combat missions over North Vietnam)
- 1/1967 4454th Combat Crew Training Squadron, IP, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
- 10/1967 Test Manager, F-111 System Program Office, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (F-111)
1970 Headquarters USAF, program analyst in the Directorate of Programs and Resources, Washington, DC
- 9/1974-1/1975 F-4E operational training, Homestead AFB, FL (F-4E)
- 1/1975 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, chief of operations and training, Kunsan AB, South Korea (F-4)
- 3/1976-11/1976 92nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Operations officer, Royal Air Force Station Bentwaters, England (F-4)
- 11/1976-5/1978 512th Tactical Fighter Squadron, commander, Ramstein AB, West Germany.
- 86th Tactical Fighter Wing, Assistant deputy commander for operations, Ramstein AB, West Germany
- 8/1978-7/1979 Naval War College
- 7/1979-8/1981 USAF Headquarters, assistant deputy director for joint and congressional matters, Directorate of Plans, then as deputy director for tactical and mobility forces, deputy director for resources, Directorate of Programs, Washington, DC
- 8/1981-10/1982 50th Tactical Fighter Wing, as vice commander and inspector general, Hahn Air Base, West Germany, where he served.
- 10/1982-1/1985 50th Tactical Fighter Wing, wing commander, Hahn Air Base, West Germany
- 1/1985-8/1986 832nd Air Division, Luke AFB, AZ
- 8/1986-7/1987 26th Air Division, Commander, March AFB, CA
- 7/1987-8/1989 25th Air Division, Commander, McChord AFB, WA
- 8/1989-12/1990 Headquarters Allied Air Forces Southern Europe, Chief of staff, Naples, Italy
- 12/1990-9/1993 Headquarters, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany
- 9/1/1993 Retired USA
Awards & Decorations
Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: 4,500+
Military & Civilian Education
- 1979 Naval War College (Distinguished Graduate)
- La Salle Academy High School, Providence, RI
- 1959 BS/Military Science from the first graduating class of the U.S. Air Force Academy
- 1970 MS/Business Air Force Institute of Technology, University of Rochester