Retired Oct. 1, 2002.
Brig. Gen. James B. Smith is deputy commander, Joint Warfighting Center, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Joint Training Analysis and Simulation Center, Suffolk, Va. He is responsible for managing the joint force exercise and training development program, and for reviewing, coordinating, developing, publishing and applying the joint doctrine program. He also assists in planning and executing the joint task force commander and staff integration training, and contingency planning.
The general is a 1974 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He received a master's degree in history from Indiana University in 1975. His aviation career includes 4,000 hours in the F-15 and T-38, including combat sorties during Desert Storm. He commanded the 94th Tactical Fighter Squadron and 325th Operations Group. His staff tours include duty as an action officer at Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe and executive officer at Tactical Air Command. His joint experience includes serving as the CSAF chair at the National War College and as vice director of operations for North American Air Defense Command. Prior to assuming his current position, the general served as commander of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The wing provided support air operations to the commander in chief of U.S. Pacific Command through Pacific Air Forces and 5th Air Force.
1974 Bachelor's degree in military history, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1975 Master's degree in history, Indiana University, Bloomington
1981 Distinguished graduate, Naval War College, by correspondence
1985 Distinguished graduate, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1992 Distinguished graduate, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1996 Program for Senior Officials in National Security, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
1. February 1975 - February 1976, student pilot training, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., and Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas
2. February 1976 - September 1979, T-38 instructor pilot, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas
3. October 1979 - April 1980, student, F-15 training, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
4. May 1980 - March 1982, F-15 pilot, 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Camp New Amsterdam, Netherlands
5. March 1982 - June 1984, training division staff officer and later executive officer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany
6. June 1984 - December 1985, assistant operations officer, 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.
7. December 1985 - June 1987, chief, Standardization and Evaluation Division, 49th Tactical Fighter Wing, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.
8. June 1987 - November 1987, special assistant, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
9. November 1987 - August 1989, operations officer, 27th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
10. August 1989 - November 1990, commander, 94th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
11. November 1990 - August 1991, assistant deputy commander for operations, 1st Tactical Fighter Wing, Langley Air Force Base, Va., and 4404th Provisional Wing, Dhahran Air Base, Saudi Arabia
12. August 1991 - June 1992, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
13. June 1992 - July 1994, CSAF chair, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
14. July 1994 - August 1996, commander, 325th Operations Group, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
15. August 1996 - July 1998, vice director for operations, Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
16. July 1998 - August 2000, commander, 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan
17. August 2000 - present, deputy commander, Joint Warfighting Center, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Joint Training Analysis and Simulation Center, Suffolk, Va.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: Approximately 4,000
Aircraft flown: T-38 and F-15
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster
Southwest Asia Service Medal with service star
Order of the Rising Sun with Gold Rays (Japan)
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Jun 5, 1974
First Lieutenant Jun 5, 1976
Captain Jun 5, 1978
Major Oct 1, 1983
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 1987
Colonel Jan 1, 1992
Brigadier General Oct 1, 1998