|John P. Jumper|
General John P. Jumper
|Born||February 4, 1945(age 75)|
|Place of birth||Paris, Texas|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1966–2005|
John P. Jumper (born February 4, 1945) is a retired United States Air Force general, who served as Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force from September 6, 2001 to September 2, 2005. He retired from the Air Force on November 1, 2005. Jumper was succeeded as Chief of Staff by General T. Michael Moseley.
Background[edit | edit source]
Jumper was born in Paris, Texas. He earned his commission as a distinguished graduate of Virginia Military Institute's Air Force ROTC program in 1966. He has commanded a fighter squadron, two fighter wings, a numbered Air Force, and U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Allied Air Forces Central Europe. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the general served as Commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base.
Jumper has also served at the Pentagon as Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, as the Senior Military Assistant to two secretaries of defense, and as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff for Roles and Missions. A command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours, principally in fighter aircraft, Jumper served two tours in Southeast Asia, accumulating more than 1,400 combat hours.
Jumper retired from the Air Force on November 1, 2005.
On February 21, 2012, it was announced Jumper would take on the role of CEO of Science Applications International Corporation starting March 1, 2012. Jumper joined SAIC's Board of Directors in June 2007.
Education[edit | edit source]
- 1962 Hampton High School (Hampton, Virginia)
- 1966 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington
- 1975 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
- 1978 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
- 1979 Master of Business Administration degree, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California
- 1982 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
Assignments[edit | edit source]
- June 1966 – July 1967, student pilot, 3550th Pilot Training Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia
- July 1967 – September 1967, C-7 upgrade training, Sewart AFB, Tennessee
- October 1967 – October 1968, C-7 pilot, 459th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Phu Cat Air Base, South Vietnam
- November 1968 – July 1969, F-4 upgrade training, 431st Tactical Fighter Squadron, George AFB, California
- July 1969 – May 1970, instructor pilot, weapons officer and fast forward air controller, 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Udon Royal Thai AFB, Thailand
- June 1970 – July 1974, instructor pilot, flight examiner and standardization and evaluation chief, 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Bentwaters, England
- July 1974 – August 1977, flight instructor, later, flight commander, U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
- August 1977 – June 1978, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
- June 1978 – August 1981, Staff Officer for Operations and Readiness, Tactical Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
- August 1981 – July 1982, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
- July 1982 – February 1983, Chief of Safety, 474th Tactical Fighter Wing, Nellis AFB, Nevada
- March 1983 – July 1983, Commander, 430th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nevada
- July 1983 – August 1986, Special Assistant and Executive Officer to the Commander, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB, Virginia
- August 1986 – February 1988, Vice Commander, later, Commander, 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
- February 1988 – May 1990, Commander, 57th Fighter Weapons Wing, Nellis AFB, Nevada
- June 1990 – April 1992, Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
- May 1992 – February 1994, Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
- February 1994 – July 1994, Special Assistant to the Air Force Chief of Staff for Roles and Missions, Washington, D.C.
- August 1994 – June 1996, Commander, 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina
- June 1996 – November 1997, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
- December 1997 – February 2000, Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and Commander, Allied Air Forces Central Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany
- February 2000 – September 2001, Commander, Headquarters ACC, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia
- September 2001 – September 2005, Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
Television[edit | edit source]
Flight information[edit | edit source]
- Rating: Command pilot
- Flight hours: More than 5,000
- Aircraft flown: C-7, C-17, C-20, C-37, T-37, T-38, F-4, F-15, F-16, F-22A and Eurofighter Typhoon.
Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]
Effective dates of promotion[edit | edit source]
|General||November 17, 1997|
|Lieutenant General||September 1, 1994|
|Major General||February 1, 1992|
|Brigadier General||August 1, 1989|
|Colonel||October 1, 1985|
|Lieutenant Colonel||October 1, 1980|
|Major||January 1, 1978|
|Captain||June 12, 1969|
|First Lieutenant||December 12, 1967|
|Second Lieutenant||June 12, 1966|
Tanker Lease Scandal[edit | edit source]
On June 7, 2005 General Jumper apologized to Senator McCain for internal Air Force emails about the Senator in the context of the tanker lease scandal, calling them "unprofessional and not worthy of a great Air Force."
Thunderbirds "Thundervision" Scandal[edit | edit source]
Members of the United States Air Force were under investigation by the for having awarded a $50 million contract for audio-visual presentation services to Strategic Message Solutions of Plymouth Meeting, Pa. The contract involved the "Thundervision" project, meant to provide oversized video screens and perhaps content services during air shows that featured the Air Force Thunderbirds. The investigation revolves around possible involvement of Jumper, and then Chief of Staff of the Air Force T. Michael Moseley. It was suggested that the contract price was inflated, because a friend of the two generals, Air Force General (ret.) Hal Hornburg, was associated with Strategic Message Solutions. Two companies involved in the bidding process protested award of the contract, one having offered comparable services for half as much. The Air Force later cancelled the contract.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- IMDB Cast listing for episode "The Lost City: Part 2" lists John P. Jumper playing himself.
- Report Faults Air Force on Proposed Boeing Deal
[edit | edit source]
- Biography of General Jumper, USAF, September 2005.
- Interview with General Jumper: Air Force Transformation, Military Aerospace Technology, May 1, 2002.
- First-year cadet criticizes USAF Chief of Staff's personnel decisions, Snopes, March 26, 2003.
- Speech at the Air Force Association convention, September 16, 2003.
- Speech at the Air Force Association symposium, February 12, 2004.
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