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Major General Jack J. Catton Jr.:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Maj. Gen. Jack J. Catton Jr. is Director, Operational Plans and Joint Force Development, J-7, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. He is responsible to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for all matters pertaining to vision, doctrine, transformation, education, training, exercises, and war plans that support the Chairman and the joint warfighter.
General Catton was born in Spokane, Wash. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1976. A graduate of the Fighter Weapons School, he has been an F-15 instructor pilot, wing weapons and tactics officer, operations officer, squadron commander, operations group commander and wing commander. In 1986, he received the Lt. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault Award as the Air Force's top aerial tactician.
General Catton completed an Air Staff tour as the director of operations' advocate for the Advanced Tactical Fighter and served as Chief of Contingency Operations at NATO's Interim Deployable Combined Air Operations Center at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. In this position he was instrumental in developing deployable air command and control capability for NATO. He served as the Inspector General for Headquarters Pacific Air Forces at Hickam AFB, Hawaii. General Catton has commanded the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus AFB, Miss., and later commanded the 53rd Wing at Eglin AFB, Fla., where he was responsible for 1,800 military and civilian people at 18 U.S. locations, conducting operational testing and evaluation of all U.S. Air Force combat aircraft, tactics development, and evaluation of electronic combat, armament, avionics and aircrew training devices. Prior to assuming his current position he served on the Joint Staff as Deputy Director for Information Operations.
1976 Bachelor of Science degree in management, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1982 Distinguished graduate, Squadron Officer School
1986 Master of Science degree in systems management, University of Southern California
1987 Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
1994 Master of Science degree in national security strategy, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1999 National Security Management Course, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
1. July 1976 - July 1977, distinguished graduate, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
2. July 1977 - June 1978, student, F-15 combat crew training, F-15 Replacement Training Unit, Luke AFB, Ariz.
3. June 1978 - December 1980, F-15 flight lead, mission commander and squadron tactics officer, 27th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
4. January 1981 - January 1982, F-15 instructor pilot, 405th Tactical Training Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz.
5. January 1982 - April 1982, student, U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
6. April 1982 - May 1983, F-15 weapons and tactics officer, 426th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
7. May 1983 - May 1986, F-15 mission commander, instructor pilot and Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 18th Tactical Fighter Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan
8. June 1986 - June 1987, student, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
9. June 1987 - June 1990, action officer, Tactical Forces Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
10. June 1990 - July 1991, operations officer, 54th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
11. July 1991 - September 1992, Commander, 43rd Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
12. September 1992 - July 1993, executive officer to the Commander, 11th Air Force, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
13. July 1993 - June 1994, graduate student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
14. June 1994 - August 1995, Commander, 366th Operations Group, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
15. August 1995 - July 1997, Chief of Current Operations, Interim Combined Air Operations Center, NATO, Sembach Air Base, Germany, and Chief of Contingency Operations, Interim Deployable Combined Air Operations Center, NATO, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
16. July 1997 - July 1998, Commander, 14th Flying Training Wing, Columbus AFB, Miss.
17. July 1998 - June 2000, Inspector General, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
18. June 2000 - November 2001, Commander, 53rd Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.
19. November 2001 - January 2002, Deputy Director for Operations, J-39, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
20. February 2002 - August 2003, Deputy Director for Information Operations, Operations Directorate, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
21. August 2003 - present, Director, Operational Plans and Joint Force Development, J-7, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 2,650
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, AT-38, F-15A/B/C/D/E, F-16, B-1, B-2, B-52, KC-135 and HH-60
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
1977 Commander's Trophy and distinguished graduate, undergraduate pilot training
1986 Lt. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault Chennault Award, Outstanding U.S. Air Force Aerial Warfare Tactician
Second Lieutenant June 2, 1976
First Lieutenant June 2, 1978
Captain June 2, 1980
Major May 1, 1986
Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 1990
Colonel Feb. 1, 1994
Brigadier General Feb. 26, 2001
Major General Jan. 1, 2005


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