Jimmy D. Kempton



Preferred Name:
Jim

Nickname/Call Sign: Jim

Date of Birth: March 14, 1938

Highest Military Grade Held: Lieutenant Colonel, O5

Hometown: Albion, ID

Biography

After leaving the service, Jim Kempton has been busy with Ranching; Civilian Flight Instruction; serving in the Idaho House of Representatives (Chair Transportation and Defense Committee); a Gubernatorial appointment (Northwest Power Planning Council (Member-Chair Power Committee); a Gubernatorial appointment to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (Member-President); and a Gubernatorial appointment Idaho Transportation Board (Member-Vice Chair).

Units Assigned

  • 8/27/1961 ATC 3561st Pilot Training Group, Webb AFB, TX (T-37, T-38)
  • 8/3/1962 TAC 4510th Combat Training Group Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 6/14/1963 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron/27th Tactical Fighter Wing, Cannon AFB, NM
  • 7/10/1966 HQ USAF Academy, CO (Department of Physics)
  • 10/15/1971 390th Tactical Fighter Squadron/366th Tactical Fighter Wing, DaNang AB, Vietnam
  • 6/26/1972 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, Wing Organizational Maintenance Commander (36-UE A/C), Takhli AB, Thailand
  • 9/29/1972 94th Tactical Fighter Squadron/1st Tactical Fighter Wing, MacDill AFB, FL
  • 7/18/75 HQUSAF(RDFP), International Programs
  • 12/11/1976 HQUSAF(RDPF), F-16 Staff Officer (F-16)
  • 5/1/1979 SECDEF assignment in writing to DOC(AFELM) /attached to DASD/ISA (Liason: foreign military sales technology transfer)

Awards & Decorations

Defense Superior Service Award
Distinguished Flying Cross (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Bronze Star
Air Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with Valor Award, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Small Arms Marksmanship Ribbon
Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Flight Info

T-37
T-38
F-100
F-4

Military Education

  • AFROTC Univ. of Idaho (Distinguished Graduate)
  • USAF Operational Training Course (F-100)
  • Squadron Officer School
  • Air Command and Staff College
  • USAF Combat Operations Specialist Course (Forward Air Controller)
  • HQASD Acquisition Course
  • Defense Systems Management College
  • Industrial College of the Armed Forces
  • Army Airborne Parachutist Course (Jump Qualified Forward Air Controller)
  • ADC Life Support Training Course
  • TAC Life Support Systems School
  • Jungle Survival School
  • USAF Operational Training Course (Cat-4, F-4)

Civilian Education

  • 1960 BS/Physics, University of Idaho
  • 1961 MS/Physics, University of Idaho
Biography

Biography

After leaving the service, Jim Kempton has been busy with Ranching; Civilian Flight Instruction; serving in the Idaho House of Representatives (Chair Transportation and Defense Committee); a Gubernatorial appointment (Northwest Power Planning Council (Member-Chair Power Committee); a Gubernatorial appointment to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (Member-President); and a Gubernatorial appointment Idaho Transportation Board (Member-Vice Chair).

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 8/27/1961 ATC 3561st Pilot Training Group, Webb AFB, TX (T-37, T-38)
  • 8/3/1962 TAC 4510th Combat Training Group Luke AFB, AZ (F-100)
  • 6/14/1963 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron/27th Tactical Fighter Wing, Cannon AFB, NM
  • 7/10/1966 HQ USAF Academy, CO (Department of Physics)
  • 10/15/1971 390th Tactical Fighter Squadron/366th Tactical Fighter Wing, DaNang AB, Vietnam
  • 6/26/1972 366th Tactical Fighter Wing, Wing Organizational Maintenance Commander (36-UE A/C), Takhli AB, Thailand
  • 9/29/1972 94th Tactical Fighter Squadron/1st Tactical Fighter Wing, MacDill AFB, FL
  • 7/18/75 HQUSAF(RDFP), International Programs
  • 12/11/1976 HQUSAF(RDPF), F-16 Staff Officer (F-16)
  • 5/1/1979 SECDEF assignment in writing to DOC(AFELM) /attached to DASD/ISA (Liason: foreign military sales technology transfer)

Awards & Decorations

Defense Superior Service Award
Distinguished Flying Cross (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Bronze Star
Air Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with Valor Award, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Small Arms Marksmanship Ribbon
Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Flight Info

T-37
T-38
F-100
F-4

Military Education

  • AFROTC Univ. of Idaho (Distinguished Graduate)
  • USAF Operational Training Course (F-100)
  • Squadron Officer School
  • Air Command and Staff College
  • USAF Combat Operations Specialist Course (Forward Air Controller)
  • HQASD Acquisition Course
  • Defense Systems Management College
  • Industrial College of the Armed Forces
  • Army Airborne Parachutist Course (Jump Qualified Forward Air Controller)
  • ADC Life Support Training Course
  • TAC Life Support Systems School
  • Jungle Survival School
  • USAF Operational Training Course (Cat-4, F-4)

Civilian Education

  • 1960 BS/Physics, University of Idaho
  • 1961 MS/Physics, University of Idaho
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