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Lieutenant General Daniel P. Leaf:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Leaf is Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. He assists the Commander in the development, acquisition and operation of the Air Forces space and missile systems. General Leaf also directs and coordinates the activities of the staff. The command organizes, trains and equips all Air Force space and missile forces; oversees a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and launch facilities; and ensures the combat readiness of America's intercontinental ballistic missile force. The command comprises more than 39,700 space professionals who provide combat forces and capabilities to North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Strategic Command.
A native of Shawano, Wis., General Leaf earned his commission as a distinguished graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Air Force ROTC program in 1974. He commanded a flight, two squadrons, an operations group and two fighter wings, and has directed joint operations.
In 1995, General Leaf served as the J-3 for Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia and flew the F-15C over Southern Iraq enforcing U.N. sanctions on the Saddam Hussein regime. He deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, with one of his 20th Fighter Wing squadrons in 1998 and flew the F-16CJ on Operation Northern Watch suppression of enemy air defense missions over Northern Iraq. During Operation Allied Force, General Leaf commanded the 31st Air Expeditionary Wing comprises F-16CG, F-16CJ, F-15E, F-117A, A-10A and EC-130 aircraft. He flew and led F-16CG day and night combat missions against fixed and mobile targets in Serbia and Kosovo. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he served as the Director, Air Component Coordination Element with the Coalition Land Forces Component Commander in Kuwait and Iraq. In that role, he served as the Air Component Commander?s direct representative to the Land Commander during planning and initial major combat operations.
General Leaf is a command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours, including Allied Force, Joint Forge, Northern Watch and Southern Watch combat missions.
1974 Bachelor of Science degree in political science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1976 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1983 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1986 Honor graduate, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
1986 Master of Arts degree in military art and science, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
1987 Outstanding graduate, Air War College, by correspondence
1988 U.S. Army Battalion Pre-Command Course, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
1993 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1998 Senior Information Warfare Applications Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2000 National Security Leadership Course, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
2000 Joint Flag Officers Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2001 Joint Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. December 1974 - November 1975, student, pilot training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
2. March 1976 - November 1976, student, F-4D initial training, George AFB, Calif.
3. November 1976 - April 1978, F-4D aircraft commander, flight lead and standardization and evaluation officer, 7th and 9th Tactical Fighter Squadrons, Holloman AFB, N.M.
4. May 1978 - August 1978, student, OV-10 training, Patrick AFB, Fla.
5. August 1978 - April 1980, OV-10 forward air controller, 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron; instructor pilot and flight examiner, 51st Composite Group; later, Chief, and standardization and evaluation officer, 5th Tactical Group, Osan Air Base, South Korea
6. April 1980 - July 1981, weapons system project officer and standardization and evaluation flight examiner, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
7. July 1981 - June 1985, F-15C pilot, instructor pilot, Chief of Training and Scheduling, and flight commander, 44th Tactical Fighter Squadron, later, standardization and evaluation branch chief, 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, Kadena AB, Japan
8. June 1985 - May 1988, student, later, faculty member, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
9. May 1988 - May 1992, F-15 instructor pilot, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, and operations officer, 426th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, later, Commander, 555th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, later, Commander, 58th Operations Support Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
10. June 1992 - June 1993, Air Combat Command-sponsored research fellow and student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
11. July 1993 - July 1995, Deputy Commander, later, Commander, 1st Operations Group, Langley AFB, Va.
12. March 1995 - June 1995, J-3, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
13. July 1995 - June 1997, Deputy J-3, U.S. Forces Korea, and Assistant Deputy C-3, Republic of Korea/U.S. Combined Forces Command, Yongsan, South Korea
14. July 1997 - November 1998, Commander, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB, S.C.
15. November 1998 - January 2000, Commander, 31st Fighter Wing and 31st Air Expeditionary Wing, Aviano AB, Italy
16. January 2000 - November 2002, Director of Operational Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
17. December 2002 - July 2003, Director of Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. (February 2003 - April 2003, Director, U.S. Central Command Air Forces Air Component Coordination Element, Coalition Land Forces Component Headquarters, Camp Doha, Kuwait)
18. August 2003 - present, Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,600
Aircraft flown: F-4C/D, OV-10, O-2, F-15A/B/C/D, F-16 Block 25/40/42/50, UH-1N and HH-60G
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze star
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
NATO Medal with bronze star (Kosovo)
1975 Distinguished graduate, Flying Training Award and Air Training Command's Commander's Trophy, undergraduate pilot training
1983 Outstanding Company Grade Officer of the Year, Pacific Air Forces
1993 Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award, Air War College
1999 Air Force Public Affairs Special Achievement for Commander Support Award
"Establishment and Evolution of Air-to-Air Weapons System Evaluation Programs," Army Command and General Staff College thesis, 1988
"The Future of Close Air Support," Military Review, 1988
"Unity of Command and Interdiction," Air University Press, 1993
"Acceptable Risk Planning Factor," Air-Land-Sea Applications Agency Bulletin, 1994
Second Lieutenant Dec. 10, 1974
First Lieutenant Dec. 10, 1976
Captain Dec. 5, 1978
Major May 1, 1985
Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 1988
Colonel Jan. 1, 1994
Brigadier General July 1, 1999
Major General April 1, 2002
Lieutenant General Sept. 1, 2003


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