Retiring effective Oct. 1, 2005.
Gen. John W. Handy is Commander, U.S. Transportation Command, and Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. USTRANSCOM is the single manager for global air, land and sea transportation for the Department of Defense.
General Handy was commissioned in 1967 and received his pilot wings in 1968. He has commanded the 21st Air Force at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.; the Air Mobility Command's Tanker Airlift Control Center; two airlift wings and a maintenance squadron. He has served as the Director of Operations and Logistics for USTRANSCOM; the Air Force's Director of Programs and Evaluations, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
General Handy is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours, principally in airlift aircraft. As a C-130 pilot, he logged more than 300 combat hours in Southeast Asia. Prior to assuming his current position, the general was Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
1966 Bachelor's degree in history, Methodist College, Fayetteville, N.C.
1972 Squadron Officer School
1979 Air Command and Staff College
1979 Master's degree in systems management, University of Southern California
1982 Air War College
1984 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1993 Program for Senior Executives, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 5,000
Aircraft flown: C-130, C-141, C-17, C-7A, C-9, C-37 and KC-10
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Antarctica Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Legion of Honor (France)
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
1992 Honorary doctor of humanities, Methodist College
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Jan. 4, 1967
First Lieutenant July 4, 1968
Captain Jan. 4, 1970
Major April 2, 1978
Lieutenant Colonel Nov. 1, 1981
Colonel Nov. 1, 1984
Brigadier General Oct. 1, 1991
Major General Sept. 28, 1994
Lieutenant General Aug. 1, 1997
General July 1, 2000