Retired Aug. 1, 1989.
Brigadier General John F. Sievertson is vice commander of 21st Air Force, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.
General Sievertson was born in 1936, in Glendale, W.Va., and graduated from Moundsville (W.Va.) High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree in music education from West Virginia University in 1959 and a master of science degree in government from Southern Illinois University in 1982. He completed Air Command and Staff College in 1971, Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1976 and the National War College in 1979.
He was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program and entered active duty in September 1959 as an adjutant in a technical training squadron at Lowry Air Force Base, Colo. In April 1961 he began intercontinental ballistic missile training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, and upon completion was assigned as a launch control officer for the Titan I missile system at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. After graduating in May 1964 from pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, he was assigned to the Military Air Transport Service, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., where he flew C-135s and then transitioned to C-141s. In September 1966 he was assigned as a control officer, Rescue Coordination Center, Da Nang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam. Returning to Travis Air Force Base in 1967, he resumed flying C-141s, and in 1969 was assigned to the Directorate of Combat Plans and Operations at Headquarters 22nd Air Force.
Upon graduation from Air Command and Staff College in June 1971, General Sievertson was assigned to the Directorate of Combat Plans and Operations, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. In April 1974 he was assigned as a staff officer in the Airlift Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Programs and Resources, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and later served as the special assistant to the director of programs for joint and congressional affairs.
After graduation from the National War College in June 1979, he was assigned as vice commander of the 1550th Aircrew Training and Test Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. In February 1981 he assumed command of the 89th Military Airlift Wing, Andrews Air Force Base, Md. This wing is Military Airlift Command's special air mission unit, which provides airlift for the president, vice president, Cabinet members and other high-ranking U.S. and foreign officials.
In June 1983 General Sievertson returned to Air Force headquarters as deputy director for bases and units, Directorate of Programs and Evaluation, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Programs and Resources. He also was chairman of the Department of Defense Airports Subgroup, providing liaison between the armed services and the Federal Aviation Administration on joint-use and basing matters. He assumed his present position in June 1986.
General Sievertson is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in C-9s, C-21s, C-135s, C-141s, HC-130s and T-39s. He also holds a Federal Aviation Administration air transport pilot DC-9 rating. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Force Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with service star, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with six oak leaf clusters, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He was promoted to brigadier general July 1, 1986, with same date of rank.