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Major General Paul J. Fletcher
Major General Paul J. Fletcher.jpg
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Air Force United States Air Force
Years of service 1974–2007
Rank US-O8 insignia Major General
Commands held Combat Operations
435th Tactical Airlift Wing
37th Tactical Airlift Squadron
62nd Tactical Airlift
strategic planner Operational Plans & Interoperability Directorate (J7) Commandant Combat Aerial
Commander 314th Operations Group
16th Air Force
314th Airlift Wing
Plans & Programs Washington D.C.
Vice Commander 16th Air Force
Commander 16th Air Force
Awards Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Humanitarian Service Medal

Maj. Gen. Paul J. Fletcher is Vice Commander, 3rd Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. As the component numbered air force for U.S. European Command, 3rd Air Force is responsible for supporting the EUCOM commander at the operational and tactical level and directing all USAFE forces engaged in contingency and wartime operations in the EUCOM area of responsibility. Third Air Force units include the headquarters AFFOR staff, 603rd Air Operations Center, 10 wings and three stand-alone groups. In addition, as EUCOM's senior military representative to the British government, he represents U.S. military forces based in the United Kingdom. General Fletcher was commissioned through the Washington State University ROTC program. His experience includes airlift operations; programming; acquisition management; joint planning for modeling and simulation support for training; and standing up the C-130 Weapons Instructor Course. He has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, and has flown more than 3,500 hours, primarily in the C-130E.



  • January 1973 - December 1973, student, undergraduate pilot training, Webb AFB, Texas
  • December 1973 - May 1974, student, C-130 pilot training, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
  • May 1974 - February 1979, pilot, aircraft commander, instructor and evaluator pilot, 39th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Pope AFB, North Carolina
  • February 1979 - January 1984, program manager for C-130 foreign and domestic sales, Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
  • January 1984 - June 1984, student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia
  • June 1984 - July 1988, Chief of Combat Operations, 435th Tactical Airlift Wing, later, chief pilot and assistant operations officer, 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Rhein-Main Air Base, West Germany
  • July 1988 - June 1989, Director of Operations, 34th Tactical Airlift Training Group, and executive officer, 314th Tactical Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
  • June 1989 - August 1991, Commander, 62nd Tactical Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
  • August 1991 - June 1992, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  • June 1992 - July 1994, strategic planner, Operational Plans and Interoperability Directorate (J7), Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington D.C.
  • July 1994 - June 1995, Commandant (first), Combat Aerial Delivery School, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
  • June 1995 - January 1997, Commander, 314th Operations Group, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
  • January 1997 - September 1998, Deputy Director of Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Illinois
  • September 1998 - July 2001, Commander, 314th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
  • July 2001 - August 2003, Director of Plans and Programs, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
  • September 2003 - October 2005, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • November 2005 - July 2006, Vice Commander, 16th Air Force, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England
  • July 2006 - December 2006, acting Commander, 16th Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  • December 2006 - November 2007 (Retired), Vice Commander, 3rd Air Force, RAF Mildenhall, England

Flight informationEdit

  • Rating: Command Pilot
  • Flight hours: More than 3,500
  • Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, C-21 and C-130

Major awards and decorationsEdit

President Clinton talks with Col. Paul Fletcher, USAF

President Bill Clinton speaks with Col. Paul Fletcher, USAF, before boarding Air Force One, November 4, 1999.

Effective dates of promotionEdit

Rank Date
Major GeneralNov. 1, 2003 - Nov. 1, 2007 (Retired)
Brigadier GeneralMarch 1, 2000 – Nov. 1, 2003
ColonelDec. 1, 1993 – March 1, 2000
Lieutenant ColonelJuly 1, 1988 – Dec. 1, 1993
MajorNov. 1, 1983 – July 1, 1988
CaptainJan 8, 1977 – Nov. 1, 1983
First LieutenantJan 8, 1975 – Jan 8, 1977
Second LieutenantJan 8, 1973 – Jan 8, 1975


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