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Philip M. Breedlove
Official portrait as Commander, USEUCOM
Born September 21, 1955(1955-09-21) (age 66)
Place of birth Forest Park, Georgia
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1977–present
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held
Battles/wars
  • Cold War
  • Gulf War
  • Afghanistan war - Present
  • Awards Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (2)
    Defense Superior Service Medal
    Legion of Merit (4)
    Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2)
    Meritorious Service Medal (4)

    Philip Mark Breedlove (born September 21, 1955)[1] is a four-star general in the United States Air Force who currently serves as the Commander, U.S. European Command as well as the 17th Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) of NATO Allied Command Operations. He previously served as the Commander, U.S. Air Forces Europe[2] which he concurrently served as Commander, U.S. Air Forces Africa, Commander, Air Component Command, Ramstein[3] and Director, Joint Air Power Competence Center. He previously served as the 36th Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force from January 14, 2011 to July 27, 2012. He assumed his current assignment on July 31, 2012. On 10 May 2013, in a ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany, Breedlove took over the command of USEUCOM.[4] Three days later, on 13 May 2013, he assumed command as SACEUR.[5]

    Biography[edit | edit source]

    Early life[edit | edit source]

    Breedlove was raised in Forest Park, Georgia, and received his commission after graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1977.[6] From March 1978 and going on for the next year, he was a student, undergraduate pilot training, at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona. From March until august of the next year, he was in pilot instructor training at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. From August 1979 to January 1983, he became a T-37 Tweet instructor pilot, evaluation flight examiner and runway supervisory unit controller at Williams. He then became a F-16 Fighting Falcon student pilot at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida until September 1983. After that, he transferred to Torrejon Air Base, Spain, from September 1983 January 1985, where he was the F-16 aircraft commander and instructor pilot for the 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron.[7]

    Breedlove became an air liaison officer from January 1985 to March 1987 with the 602nd Air Support Operations Group, Kitzingen Air Base, West Germany. He later transferred to the 526th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany from March 1987 to January 1988. Eventually, he was Chief of Flight Safety, 316th Air Division, at Ramstein until August 1988. For the next two years, he became first a F-16 flight commander, then assistant operations officer of the 512th Tactical Fighter Squadron, also at Ramstein. From August 1990 to July 1991, he was a student at the Air Command and Staff College located at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Also in that year, he earned his Master of Science degree in aeronautical technology from Arizona State University. Beginning in July 1991 and going to May 1993, he was the Chief of Air Operations, United Nations Command and Republic of Korea/United States Combined Forces Command, Yongsan Army Garrison, South Korea.[7]

    Later career[edit | edit source]

    Starting in May 1993, Breedlove was the commander of the 80th Fighter Squadron at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. This position lasted until July 1994, when he became a student at the National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C.. In June 1995, he became the operations officer, United States Pacific Command Division, Joint Staff, The Pentagon, Washington D.C., where he stayed until June. That next month, he became commander of the 27th Operations Group, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. In June 1999 and going to that next May, he was the executive officer to the Commander, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. For the next year, he was the commander of the 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. Beginning in June 2001 and lasting for the next year, he was the senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington D.C.[7]

    From June 2002 to June 2004, he became the commander of the 56th Fighter Wing, located at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Then for the next year, he became commander of the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy.[8] He then became the Vice Commander of the 16th Air Force at Ramstein Air Base, Germany from June 2005 to October 2006. His next assignment, which lasted until July 2008, had him as the Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Staff, The Pentagon, Washington D.C.. From July 2008 to August 2009, he was the Commander of the 3rd Air Force, located at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. In August 2009, he began serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington D.C.[7]

    On January 14, 2011, Breedlove started his term as Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. His promotion to general also was effective that day.[7][9]

    In July 2012 Breedlove left his position as Vice Chief of Staff to become commander of the United States Air Forces in Europe.

    In May 2013 Breedlove assumed command of U.S. European Command and NATO Allied Command Operations as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He is presently stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan and is regularly quoted in western media; in July 2013, he told the BBC about his views on the longevity of the Afghan war.[10]

    Flight information[edit | edit source]

    Rating: Command pilot
    Flight hours: More than 3,500
    Aircraft flown: F-16, T-37 and C-21

    Awards and decorations[7][edit | edit source]

    COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
    80px Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe Badge
    Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
    Defense Superior Service Medal
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edges
    Legion of Merit with three bronze oak leaf clusters
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Defense Meritorious Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.
    Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
    Aerial Achievement Medal
    Joint Service Commendation Medal
    Air Force Achievement Medal
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Joint Meritorious Unit Award with bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four bronze oak leaf clusters
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Combat Readiness Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze star
    Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
    National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
    Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
    Korea Defense Service Medal
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon with two bronze oak leaf clusters
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with four bronze oak leaf clusters
    Silver oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
    Air Force Training Ribbon
    Gold star
    Inter-American Defense Board Medal with gold award star

    Effective dates of promotion[7][edit | edit source]

    Promotions
    Insignia Rank Date
    US-O10 insignia.svg General January 14, 2011
    US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General  July 21, 2008
    US-O8 insignia.svg Major General June 23, 2006
    US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General October 1, 2003
    US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel January 1, 1998
    US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 1993
    US-O4 insignia.svg Major November 1, 1988
    US-O3 insignia.svg Captain December 10, 1981
    US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant December 10, 1979
    US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant June 1, 1977

    References[edit | edit source]

     This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

    External links[edit | edit source]

    Military offices
    Preceded by
    Gen Carrol H. Chandler
    Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
    2011 – 2012
    Succeeded by
    Gen Larry O. Spencer
    Preceded by
    Gen Mark A. Welsh
    Commander, United States Air Forces in Europe
    2012 – 2013
    Succeeded by
    Lt Gen Noel T. Jones
    Preceded by
    ADM James G. Stavridis
    Commander, United States European Command
    2013 –
    Succeeded by
    Incumbent
    Preceded by
    ADM James G. Stavridis
    Supreme Allied Commander Europe (NATO)
    2013 –
    Succeeded by
    Incumbent


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