Thomas McInerney

Retired United States Air Force General
Born Mar 15, 1937

Thomas G. McInerney is a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant General. He is a command pilot with more than 4,100 flying hours, including 407 combat missions (243 in O-1s as a forward air controller and 164 in F-4C's, D's and E's) during the Vietnam War. In addition to his Vietnam Service, the McInerney served overseas in NATO; Pacific Air Forces and as commander of 11th Air Force in Alaska.… Read More

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1937 Birth Born on March 15, 1937.
1947 10 Years Old He was the sixth Pacific Air Forces officer and the 63rd officer overall inducted into the order since the Air Force became a separate branch of the armed services in 1947. From March 1996 to December 1999, McInerney was Chief Executive Officer and President of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), an association through which senior business executives can help enhance the nation's security. As the CEO of BENS, McInerney assisted in passage of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) which prohibits the development, production, and stockpiling of chemical weapons. From 1994, McInerney was Director of the Defense Performance Review (DPR), reporting to the Secretary of Defense and Vice President Al Gore who conceived this initiative for the Federal Government. … Read More


1959 22 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He earned a bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy in 1959 and a master's degree in international relations from George Washington University in 1972. … Read More
1960 23 Years Old He then joined the Air Force, and completed initial pilot training at Bartow Air Base, Florida, and Laredo Air Force Base, Texas, in November 1960. … Read More
1961 24 Years Old His first operational assignment was in October 1961 with the 476th Tactical Fighter Squadron, flying F-104s at George Air Force Base, California.
1962 25 Years Old There he took part in the Berlin and Cuban crises in 1962, flying escort missions in the West Berlin Air Corridor and escort reconnaissance missions over Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
1963 26 Years Old In April 1963 he was one of the first forward air controllers assigned to South Vietnam with a Vietnamese army division.
1964 27 Years Old Upon his return to the United States in April 1964 he was assigned to the Tactical Air Warfare Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, as an F-4C aircraft commander.
1966 29 Years Old In February 1966 he attended the F-4 Fighter Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, where he remained as an instructor with various F-4 assignments in the Weapons School and the Tactical Fighter Weapons Center, Test and Evaluation Division. … Read More


1969 - 1970 2 More Events
1973 36 Years Old Upon graduation from National War College in July 1973, McInerney was assigned to the 58th Tactical Fighter Training Wing, Luke Air Force Base, as F-104 and F-5 director of operations. … Read More
1974 37 Years Old In August 1974 he became the air attache to the U.S. Embassy in London. … Read More
1976 39 Years Old From November 1976 until October 1977 he was vice commander of the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Station Upper Heyford, England. … Read More


1978 - 1979 2 More Events
1981 44 Years Old In February 1981 he was assigned as commander of the 313th Air Division, Kadena Air Base, Japan.
1983 46 Years Old McInerney then served as deputy chief of staff for operations and intelligence, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, from June 1983 to July 1985, when he became commander of 3rd Air Force, Royal Air Force Station Mildenhall, England.
1986 49 Years Old In October 1986, McInerney was assigned as vice commander in chief, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany.


1988 51 Years Old He became commander of Alaskan Air Command, Alaskan NORAD Region, and Joint Task Force Alaska in May 1988.
1989 52 Years Old McInerney assumed command of Alaskan Command upon its activation in July 1989, and became commander of 11th Air Force when Alaskan Air Command was redesignated 11th Air Force in August 1990. … Read More
1994 57 Years Old He retired from the Air Force on 1 July 1994. … Read More


2016 79 Years Old On September 6, 2016, along with 87 other retired US generals and admirals, he endorsed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
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