Retired June 1, 1992.
Major General John H. Voorhees is deputy chief of staff for contracting and manufacturing, Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for management of an $11 billion contracting program in support of the command's logistics mission. Air Force Logistics Command completes almost 450,000 contracting actions annually that support the U.S. Air Force, as well as more than 70 friendly foreign air forces under the foreign military sales program.
General Voorhees was born in 1936, in New Brunswick, N.J., and graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1954. He received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Rutgers University in 1958 and a master's degree in management from the University of Southern California in 1967. He was designated as a senior executive fellow of Harvard University in 1981. The general completed Squadron Officer School in 1962 and National War College in 1973.
He received his commission in 1958 as a distinguished military graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Rutgers. He then completed navigator training at James Connally Air Force Base, Texas, and Mather Air Force Base, Calif.
From April 1960 to June 1966 he was a B-52 navigator with the 668th Bombardment Squadron at Griffiss Air Force Base, N.Y. General Voorhees then entered the Air Force Institute of Technology program and completed his master's degree at the University of Southern California.
In June 1968 the general joined the 14th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, as an F-4 navigator systems operator. During this assignment he flew 176 combat missions, including 100 over North Vietnam.
Upon returning to the United States in May 1969, he was assigned to the Space and Missile Systems Organization headquarters at Los Angeles Air Force Station, Calif., as chief of the Systems Effectiveness Branch and later as chief of the Test Support Division. After graduation from the National War College in June 1973, he remained in Washington, D.C., as a research and development planner in the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Moving to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in July 1976, General Voorhees was initially assigned as chief of the Strategic Plans Division and then as director of plans at Air Force Logistics Command headquarters. From July 1979 to May 1981 he was chief of the B-52 and Missile Systems Management Division for the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. He then became director of materiel management for the Sacramento Air Logistics Center, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif. In August 1982 General Voorhees took command of the Defense Contract Administration Services Region in Los Angeles. He was assigned as deputy director, logistics and security assistance, J4/7, Headquarters European Command, Vaihingen, West Germany, in June 1984. In August 1986 he assumed command of the Defense Personnel Support Center, Defense Logistics Agency, Philadelphia. He assumed his present position in January 1990.
The general is a master navigator with 3,800 flying hours in the B-52 and F-4C aircraft. His military awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with 12 oak leaf clusters, and Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster.
He was promoted to major general June 1, 1986, with same date of rank.