Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa Jr. is Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. He directs a four-year academic, military training, athletic and character development program leading to a bachelor's degree and commission as an Air Force officer.
General Rosa entered the Air Force in May 1973 after receiving his commission from The Citadel, Charleston, S.C. He has served previously as an operations group commander and three times as wing commander.
General Rosa is a command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours in the A-7, A-10, the Hunter and Jaguar aircraft, F-16, F-117A, HH-60G and HC-130.
1973 Bachelor of arts degree in business administration, The Citadel, Charleston, S.C.
1977 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1985 Master's degree in public administration, Golden Gate University
1983 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1987 U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
1994 U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
2000 Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security Management, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2004 The Harvard Seminar for New Presidents, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Mass.
1. October 1973 - November 1974, student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Craig AFB, Ala.
2. December 1974 - June 1975, student, Fighter Lead-in Training, Holloman AFB, N.M., and A-7D Training, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
3. July 1975 - June 1977, A-7D pilot, scheduler and weapons officer, 353rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Myrtle Beach AFB, S.C.
4. August 1977 - December 1978, A-10 pilot, 356th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Myrtle Beach AFB, S.C.
5. January 1979 - April 1979, student, Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
6. April 1979 - August 1980, weapons officer, 353rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Myrtle Beach AFB, S.C.
7. November 1980 - June 1981, pilot, Hunter and Jaguar aircraft, Royal Air Force Lossiemouth, Scotland
8. June 1981 - August 1981, student, RAF Fighter Weapons School, RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland
9. September 1981 - July 1983, Jaguar weapons instructor, RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland
10. July 1983 - June 1986, F-16 instructor pilot, weapons officer and flight commander, 61st Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, MacDill AFB, Fla.
11. July 1986 - June 1987, student, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
12. June 1987 - October 1990, programmer, Directorate of Programs and Resources, and planner, fighter force structure, Directorate of Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
13. January 1991 - January 1992, Commander, 35th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea
14. January 1992 - December 1992, Commander, 366th Operations Support Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
15. December 1992 - July 1993, Deputy Commander, 366th Operations Group, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
16. August 1993 - June 1994, student, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
17. July 1994 - August 1995, Deputy Commander, later, Commander, 49th Operations Group, Holloman AFB, N.M.
18. August 1995 - July 1997, Commander, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB, S.C.
19. August 1997 - August 1998, Inspector General, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
20. August 1998 - March 2000, Commandant, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
21. March 2000 - April 2001, Commander, 347th Wing, Moody AFB, Ga.
22. April 2001 - August 2001, Commander, 347th Rescue Wing, Moody AFB, Ga.
23. August 2001 - July 2003, Deputy Director for Operations (Current Operations), Operations Directorate, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
24. July 2003 - present, Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,600
Aircraft flown: A-7, A-10, Hunter, Jaguar, F-16, F-117A, HH-60G and HC-130
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Outstanding graduate, Fighter Weapons Instructor Course
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Oct. 23, 1973
First Lieutenant Oct. 23, 1975
Captain Oct. 23, 1977
Major March 1, 1985
Lieutenant Colonel Jan. 1, 1990
Colonel Feb. 1, 1994
Brigadier General Aug. 1, 1999
Major General April 1, 2003
Lieutenant General Sept. 1, 2003