James B. Davis

General + Chief of Staff + Military Person
Born Nov 14, 1935

General James Burr Davis was a U.S. Air Force general and was chief of staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons, Belgium.

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1935 Birth General Davis was born in Wayne, Nebraska, in 1935, where he attended Wayne City High School and Wayne State College.


1958 22 Years Old He earned a bachelor's degree in military science from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958 and a master's degree in public administration from Auburn University in 1976. … Read More
1959 23 Years Old The general completed pilot training at Bartow Air Force Base, Florida, and Greenville Air Force Base, Mississippi. After receiving wings in 1959, he was assigned as a KC-97 Stratofreighter pilot with the 4050th Air Refueling Wing, Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts.
1964 28 Years Old In December 1964 he was assigned to Headquarters 8th Air Force, Westover.


1966 30 Years Old In July 1966 he moved to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., as an action officer in the Special Actions Branch.
1967 31 Years Old He transferred in June 1967 to George Air Force Base, California for F-4 Phantom II replacement training.
In January 1968 the general was assigned to the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Udon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, serving as a combat pilot and assistant operations officer.
1971 35 Years Old After graduating from the Armed Forces Staff College in June 1971, he transferred to the Air Force Military Personnel Center at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. … Read More


1976 40 Years Old In June 1976 he graduated from the Air War College and was assigned to the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, first as assistant deputy commander for operations, then as deputy commander for operations and, later, as vice commander.
1979 43 Years Old From May 1979 to June 1980 he commanded the 474th Tactical Fighter Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. … Read More
1982 46 Years Old In September 1982 he was assigned as director of personnel programs in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower and Personnel, Air Force headquarters.
1984 48 Years Old The general became assistant deputy chief of staff for military personnel, Air Force headquarters, and commander, Air Force Military Personnel Center, in September 1984.


1986 50 Years Old He then served as deputy chief of staff for operations and intelligence, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, from August 1986 until August 1987, when he became vice commander in chief, Pacific Air Forces.
1988 52 Years Old From January 1988 until July 1991 he was commander of U.S. Forces Japan, and 5th Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan.
1990 54 Years Old Additionally, from November 5, 1990, until February 18, 1991, General Davis concurrently served as commander, Pacific Air Forces.
1991 55 Years Old 1 More Event
He assumed final position in July 1991. … Read More
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