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MAJOR GENERAL JAMES DAWKINS JR.

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MAJOR GENERAL JIM DAWKINS JR.

    

Maj. Gen. James (Jim) Dawkins Jr. is the Commander, Eighth Air Force, and Commander, Joint-Global Strike Operations Center, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.  "The Mighty Eighth" is the numbered air force responsible for the service’s bomber force and airborne nuclear command and control assets.  The J-GSOC is the primary organization supporting the Commander, Air Forces Strategic, the warfighting air component to U.S. Strategic Command.  The J-GSOC serves as the central command and control node for all operations within Air Force Global Strike Command.

 

General Dawkins was commissioned in 1989.  He has held a variety of operational and staff assignments, including command of the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot AFB, North Dakota; the 509th Operations Group at Whiteman AFB, Missouri; and the 338th Combat Training Squadron, an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance training squadron at Offutt AFB, Nebraska.  His staff assignments include positions at the Joint Staff, U.S. Strategic Command, Headquarters International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, the Department of Energy and the National Security Council.

 

The general is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours in fighter, reconnaissance and bomber aircraft.

 

EDUCATION

1988 Bachelor of Business, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

1994 U.S. Air Force Weapons School

1995 Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterrey, Calif.

1995 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

2000 Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.

2004 Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

2005 School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2009 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

 

ASSIGNMENTS

1. November 1988 - March 1989, Student, Officer Training School, Lackland AFB, Texas

2. April 1989 - April 1990, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss.

3. May 1990 - July 1990, Lead in Fighter Training, 433rd Fighter Training Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.

4. August 1990 - December 1990, Student, F-111 training, 389th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho

5. January 1991 - January 1995, Instructor Pilot, F-111, Chief of Squadron Weapons and Tactics, 522nd and 428th Fighter Squadron, Cannon AFB, N.M.

6. February 1995 - January 1996, German language training, Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, Calif.

7. February 1996 - June 1996, Student, F-16 training, 308th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.

8. July 1996 - February 1999, Flight Commander, F-16, 22nd Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany

9. March 1999 - March 2002, Instructor Pilot, B-2, Chief of Wing Weapons and Tactics, 393rd Bomb Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Mo.

10. April 2002 - June 2003, Operations Officer, Deputy Directorate Global Operations (J-3), Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.

11. July 2003 - June 2004, Student, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

12. July 2004 - June 2005, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

13. July 2005 - May 2006, Director of Operations, 13th Bomb Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Mo.

14. October 2006 - January 2008, Commander, 338th Combat Training Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.

15. January 2008 - July 2008, Deputy Director, Global Innovation and Strategy Center, U.S. Strategic Command, Omaha, Neb.

16. July 2008 - May 2009, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

17. June 2009 - May 2010, Commander, 509th Operations Group, Whiteman AFB, Mo.

18. June 2010 - January 2011, Director, ISAF Joint Command Joint Operations Center, Kabul, Afghanistan

19. February 2011 - May 2011, Vice Commander, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo.

20. May 2011 - January 2013, Commander, 5th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB, N.D.

21. January 2013 - September 2014, Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.

22. September 2014 - July 2016, Director, Strategic Capabilities Policy, National Security Council, Washington, D.C. 

23. July 2016 -  August 2018, Deputy Director for Nuclear, Homeland Defense and Current Operations, (J-33) Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C

24. August 2018 – present, Commander, Eighth Air Force and Joint-Global Strike Operations Center, Barksdale AFB, La.

 

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS

1. April 2002 - June 2003, Operations Officer, Deputy Directorate Global Operations (J-3), Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C., as a major

2. January 2008 - July 2008, Deputy Director, Global Innovation and Strategy Center, U.S. Strategic Command, Omaha, Neb., as a lieutenant colonel

3. June 2010 - January 2011, Director, ISAF Joint Command Joint Operations Center, Kabul, Afghanistan, as a colonel

4. January 2013 - September 2014, Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy, Washington, D.C., as a brigadier general

5. September 2014 - July 2016, Director, Strategic Capabilities Policy, National Security Council, Washington, D.C., as a brigadier general

6.  July 2016 - August 2018, Deputy Director for Nuclear, Homeland Defense and Current Operations (J-33), Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a major general

7.  August 2018 – present, Commander, Joint-Global Strike Operations Center, Barksdale AFB, La., as a major general

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating: command pilot

Flight hours: 3,007 (combat: 267)

Aircraft flown: F-111, F-16CJ, RC-135, B-2, B-52, B-1

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster

Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant March 17, 1989

First Lieutenant March 17, 1991

Captain March 17, 1993

Major July 1, 2000

Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 2005

Colonel Oct. 1, 2008

Brigadier General Feb. 7, 2014

Major General Aug. 2, 2017

 

(Current as of August 2018)