Joseph A. Breen


 

Preferred Name: Joe

Nickname/Call Sign: Irish

Date of Birth: 05-21-1940

Highest Military Grade Held: Colonel, O6

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Biography

Units Assigned

  • Aviation Cadet Class 61-D/F. Checked out in T-37 at age 19. Commanders Trophy as the top graduate 61-F.
  • F-100: Luke, Nellis, George, Homestead. Checked out in the Hun at age 20.
  • 1963 -1964 VNAF Forward Air Controller. 800+ hours VNAF L-19A. 640 missions.
  • 1964-1967 Flight Instructor/Group Training Officer (T-37/T-38)
  • 1967-1971 Pilot/IP RB-57F Project, Kirtland AFB, NM
  • 1971-1972 Foreign Service Institute US Dept of State. Thai Language and other training
  • 1972-1975 Asst. Air Attaché, US Embassy Bangkok, Thailand. Operated in Laos, Burma, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and throughout Thailand.
  • 1975 Armed Forces Staff College. Graduated “With Distinction”
  • 1975-1978 Pilot/IP, Sq Ops Officer, Sqdn CC Plattsburgh AFB, NY
  • 1978-1978 USAF Research Associate/Senior Fellow The Mershon center for National Security Policy Studies, Ohio State University
  • 1979-1982 Director, Strategic, and Energy Issues, Studies, Analysis and Gaming Agency, Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon, developed and directed sophisticated politico-military war games for the executive branch from the cabinet assistant secretary to the vice-president level. Personally represented the Chairman, JCS, at the combatant commands and US embassies in Asia, Europe and South/Central America.
  • 1982-1985 DO 305th Air Refueling Wing, Grissom AFB, IN. Operated KC, RT, EC-135s worldwide. Multiple Special Ops TDYs in Central America.
  • 1985-1986 Training: Department of State and other Executive Agencies.
  • 1986-1989 Senior US Military Representative to France. Defense and Air Attaché, US Embassy, Paris.
  • 1989-1991 The Inspector General for the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Awards & Decorations

 Distinguished Flying Cross (V device)
 Air Medal (15)
 Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
 Legion of Merit

Medal of Hai Chi (Chinese gov’t)

 Royal Order of the White Elephant (Thai)

 Ordre de Merit (French President)

Medaille de Paris

 

 

 Thai pilot wings

 Vietnamese pilot wings

Flight Info

5,000+ hours in 36 types and models including the Mirage 2000 and Jaguar (courtesy of the French AF)

Military Education

  • SOS
  • Armed Forces Staff College
  • USAF Senior Fellow
  • Language Training (French, Thai)
  • Multiple flying training courses CCTS (TAC & SAC), IPIS, etc.

Civilian Education

  • BA, Univ of Nebraska
  • MA State Univ of NY
Biography

Biography

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • Aviation Cadet Class 61-D/F. Checked out in T-37 at age 19. Commanders Trophy as the top graduate 61-F.
  • F-100: Luke, Nellis, George, Homestead. Checked out in the Hun at age 20.
  • 1963 -1964 VNAF Forward Air Controller. 800+ hours VNAF L-19A. 640 missions.
  • 1964-1967 Flight Instructor/Group Training Officer (T-37/T-38)
  • 1967-1971 Pilot/IP RB-57F Project, Kirtland AFB, NM
  • 1971-1972 Foreign Service Institute US Dept of State. Thai Language and other training
  • 1972-1975 Asst. Air Attaché, US Embassy Bangkok, Thailand. Operated in Laos, Burma, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and throughout Thailand.
  • 1975 Armed Forces Staff College. Graduated “With Distinction”
  • 1975-1978 Pilot/IP, Sq Ops Officer, Sqdn CC Plattsburgh AFB, NY
  • 1978-1978 USAF Research Associate/Senior Fellow The Mershon center for National Security Policy Studies, Ohio State University
  • 1979-1982 Director, Strategic, and Energy Issues, Studies, Analysis and Gaming Agency, Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon, developed and directed sophisticated politico-military war games for the executive branch from the cabinet assistant secretary to the vice-president level. Personally represented the Chairman, JCS, at the combatant commands and US embassies in Asia, Europe and South/Central America.
  • 1982-1985 DO 305th Air Refueling Wing, Grissom AFB, IN. Operated KC, RT, EC-135s worldwide. Multiple Special Ops TDYs in Central America.
  • 1985-1986 Training: Department of State and other Executive Agencies.
  • 1986-1989 Senior US Military Representative to France. Defense and Air Attaché, US Embassy, Paris.
  • 1989-1991 The Inspector General for the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Awards & Decorations

 Distinguished Flying Cross (V device)
 Air Medal (15)
 Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
 Legion of Merit

Medal of Hai Chi (Chinese gov’t)

 Royal Order of the White Elephant (Thai)

 Ordre de Merit (French President)

Medaille de Paris

 

 

 Thai pilot wings

 Vietnamese pilot wings

Flight Info

5,000+ hours in 36 types and models including the Mirage 2000 and Jaguar (courtesy of the French AF)

Military Education

  • SOS
  • Armed Forces Staff College
  • USAF Senior Fellow
  • Language Training (French, Thai)
  • Multiple flying training courses CCTS (TAC & SAC), IPIS, etc.

Civilian Education

  • BA, Univ of Nebraska
  • MA State Univ of NY
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