Retired March 1, 1993.
Major General Donald L. Kaufman is deputy commander and chief of staff, 4th Allied Tactical Air Force, Heidelberg, Germany.
General Kaufman was born in 1938, in New Orleans and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Dallas, in June 1955. He earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1960 and a master's degree in business administration from Central Michigan University in 1974. He completed Squadron Officer School in 1964, Air Command and Staff College in 1969, Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1971 and National War College in 1977.
The general was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program in January 1960. He attended undergraduate pilot training at Moore and Webb Air Force bases, Texas, and received pilot wings in May 1961. After completing advanced interceptor training at Perrin Air Force Base, Texas, in November 1961, General Kaufman was assigned as an F-102A pilot with the 482nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. In December 1963 he transferred to the 438th Fighter Interception Squadron, Kincheloe Air Force Base, Mich., where he flew F-106s.
While attached to the U.S. Army's 199th Infantry Brigade (Separate) from October 1966 to August 1967, he flew missions over North Vietnam with the 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron from Bien Hoa and Dong Ha Air bases, South Vietnam. In September 1967 he was assigned to the 79th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 20th Tactical Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Station Woodbridge, England, where he flew F-1 OOD/F fighters. In January 1970 General Kaufman transferred with the wing to Royal Air Force Station Upper Heyford, England, flying F-111Es. He also served as the wing standardization and evaluation pilot as well as wing executive officer.
In July 1972 the general was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., where he served in the Tactical Fighter Division, Directorate of Operations, and subsequently as executive officer to the assistant deputy chief of staff for plans and operations. In July 1977 he transferred to the U.S. Air Force Section, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as deputy chief, and in June 1978 became section chief.
From July 1979 to May 1981 he served, first as assistant, then as deputy commander for operations for the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, England, flying F-111Fs. He then became commander of the F-4E-equipped 86th Tactical Fighter Group, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany. In June 1982 General Kaufman was assigned to the 52nd Tactical Fighter Wing, Spangdahlern Air Base, West Germany, as vice commander and, subsequently, became commander. He became chief of the joint operation planning and execution system project group, Joint Deployment Agency, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., in April 1985.
The general was assigned to Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command, Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colo., as a command director in May 1986. In October 1986 he became vice director, NORAD Combat Operations, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. In March 1987 General Kaufman returned to Air Force headquarters as director of international programs, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Programs and Resources. In July 1989 he became chief of the U.S. Military Training Mission and senior U.S. defense representative to Saudi Arabia. During this period, General Kaufman led the U.S. Military Training Mission during Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and was involved in air, land and sea operations with coalition forces. He assumed his present position in September 1991.
The general is a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours in the F-4, F-5, F-100, F-102, F-106, F-111, F-15, F-16, 0-1, C-12, T-33, T-37 and T-38. His military awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with 13 oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster, Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two service stars, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two service stars, Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Short, Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Long with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with six oak leaf clusters, Small Arms Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, Brazilian Ordem Do Merito Aeronautico Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He was promoted to major general Aug. 1, 1989, with same date of rank.