Retired June 1, 1987.
Brigadier General Anthony J. Farrington Jr. is commander of the Logistics Operations Center, Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for assessing, advocating and allocating logistics resources that support fielded weapon systems and war plan taskings.
General Farrington was born in 1938, in Boston and graduated from Newton High School in 1956. He received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Boston University in 1960. The general completed Squadron Officer School in 1964 and the Air War College as a distinguished graduate of the Bicentennial Class. Both schools are located at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
He received his commission as a second lieutenant through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program in June 1960. General Farrington then entered undergraduate pilot training at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., and received his wings in August 1961. He remained at Williams Air Force Base as an instructor pilot in T-33s, T-37s and T-38s through the fall of 1965.
Following transition training in F-105D's at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., he was assigned to the 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, in July 1966. General Farrington flew 100 combat missions over North Vietnam during that tour of duty. In April 1967 he moved to Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, as a T-37 instructor pilot. While there he was named Air Training Command Instructor Pilot of the Year for 1967. General Farrington later became the 12th Flying Training Wing flying Safety officer and chief of flight safety.
The general received transition training in F-111A's and E's at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., in April 1971 and transferred to Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Lindsey Air Station, Germany, in August 1971 as the F-111F flight safety officer, Directorate of the Inspector General. He became chief of the directorate's Flight Safety Division following the headquarters move to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in June 1973. General Farrington assumed command of the 50th Organizational Maintenance Squadron, Hahn Air Base, Germany, in February 1974.
In May 1976 he joined the United Nations Command, Seoul, South Korea, as chief, Joint Operations Section and later served as deputy chief, Joint Operations Branch (J-3). From May 1978 to February 1980, he served as deputy commander for maintenance 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. He then became base commander and commander of the 47th Air Base group. In August 1981 he assumed command of the 47th Flying Training Wing. He was appointed vice commander, San Antonio Air Logistics Center, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, in March 1983. General Farrington assumed his present duties in July 1985.
The general is a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with 11 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, and numerous service and campaign medals.
He was promoted to brigadier general June 1, 1984, with date of rank Oct. 1, 1983.