Retired May 1, 1985.
Major General James C. Pfautz is assistant chief of staff, intelligence, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
General Pfautz was born in 1930, in Chestnut Hill, Pa. He graduated from Mercersburg Academy in 1948 receiving an English-Speaking Union Scholarship to Shrewsbury School, England, as an exchange student. He graduated in 1953 from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., with a bachelor's degree in military engineering. He received a master's degree in international organization from the American University and is a graduate of the National War College, both in Washington, D.C. General Pfautz was selected in 1974 to be the senior military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
After receiving his commission in 1953 from the academy, General Pfautz entered undergraduate pilot training at Malden Air Base, Mo., and received his wings in August 1954 at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. Initially assigned in September 1954 to the 313th Troop Carrier Group at Sewart Air Force Base, Tenn., he transferred in September 1956 to the 322nd Air Division at Evreux-Fauville Air Base, France.
In June 1960 General Pfautz was assigned to the University of Maryland's Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps Detachment 330. In September 1964 he took command of the Flight Operations Section of the Air Force Advisory Group at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, where he flew 188 combat missions. In January 1966 General Pfautz was assigned to the Air Force Eastern Test Range at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. His next two assignments were with Headquarters Air Force Systems Command at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. In September 1966 he become aide-de-camp to the commander and in 1968 was assigned as executive officer.
The general graduated from the National War College in June 1971 and was then assigned to the Directorate of Doctrine, Concepts and Objectives at Air Force headquarters. In September 1974 he was selected by the Council on Foreign Relations for a one-year fellowship at the council's New York City offices. He was assigned as executive officer to the principal deputy assistant secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in July 1975, later becoming executive officer to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Ambassador Eugene V. McAuliffe.
From June 1977 to December 1978, he served as U.S. defense attache to Egypt. He then returned to Air Force headquarters and served as deputy assistant, Office of the Chief of Staff, Intelligence. The general became director for intelligence, J-2, Headquarters Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, in April 1980. General Pfautz assumed his present duties in July 1983.
General Pfautz is a command pilot with 6,000 flying hours. His military decorations and awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm.
He was promoted to major general March 1, 1981, with date of rank Aug. 1, 1977.
The general's hometown is Sherwood Forest, Md.