General Duncan J. McNabb, USAF
|Born||August 8, 1952(age 70)|
|Place of birth||Shaw Field, South Carolina|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1974–2011|
U.S. Transportation Command|
41st Military Airlift Squadron
89th Operations Group
62nd Airlift Wing
Tanker Airlift Control Center
Air Mobility Command
DoD Distinguished Service Medal (2)|
Distinguished Service Medal (2)
DoD Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
DoD Meritorious Service Medal
Duncan J. McNabb (born August 8, 1952) was a United States Air Force general who last served as the ninth Commander, U.S. Transportation Command from September 5, 2008, to October 17, 2011. He previously served as the 21st Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force.
General McNabb graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1974. A command pilot, he has amassed more than 5,400 flying hours in transport and rotary wing aircraft. He has held command and staff positions at squadron, group, wing, major command and Department of Defense levels. During Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, General McNabb commanded the 41st Military Airlift Squadron, which earned Military Airlift Command's Airlift Squadron of the Year in 1990. The general commanded the 89th Operations Group, overseeing the air transportation of our nation's leaders, including the President, Vice President, Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense. He then served as Commander of the 62nd Airlift Wing. The wing's performance in 1996 earned the Riverside Trophy as the 15th Air Force's outstanding wing. He also commanded the Tanker Airlift Control Center where he planned, scheduled and directed a fleet of more than 1,400 aircraft in support of combat delivery and strategic airlift, air refueling and aeromedical operations around the world. Most recently, General McNabb was the Commander of Air Mobility Command, where he led 134,000 total force Airmen in providing rapid global mobility, aerial refueling, special airlift and aeromedical evacuation for America's armed forces.
General McNabb's staff assignments have been a variety of planning, programming and logistical duties. These include serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs on the Air Staff and Chairman of the Air Force Board having oversight of all Air Force programs. He also served as the Director for Logistics on the Joint Staff where he was responsible for operational logistics and strategic mobility support to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense. General McNabb retired from the Air Force on November 30, 2011, after over 37 years of service.
- June 1974 – May 1975, student, undergraduate navigator training, Mather AFB, California
- August 1975 – April 1978, instructor navigator, 14th Military Airlift Squadron, Norton AFB, California
- April 1978 – April 1979, airlift director, 63rd Military Airlift Wing, Norton AFB, California
- April 1979 – April 1980, student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Arizona
- August 1980 – August 1983, instructor pilot and chief pilot, 14th Military Airlift Squadron, Norton AFB, California
- August 1983 – July 1984, general's aide, Air Force Inspection and Safety Center, Norton AFB, California
- July 1984 – June 1986, Chief, Plans Integration Branch, Headquarters MAC, Scott AFB, Illinois
- June 1986 – June 1988, aide to the Commander, U.S. Transportation Command and MAC, Scott AFB, Illinois
- June 1988 – November 1990, chief pilot, later, operations officer, 17th Military Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, South Carolina
- November 1990 – January 1992, Commander, 41st Military Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, South Carolina
- January 1992 – August 1992, Deputy Group Commander, 437th Operations Group, Charleston AFB, South Carolina
- August 1992 – June 1993, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
- July 1993 – June 1995, Chief, Logistics Readiness Center, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
- July 1995 – July 1996, Commander, 89th Operations Group, Andrews AFB, Maryland
- July 1996 – July 1997, Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing, McChord AFB, Washington
- August 1997 – June 1999, Commander, Tanker Airlift Control Center, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Illinois
- June 1999 – December 1999, Deputy Director of Programs, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
- December 1999 – April 2002, Director of Programs, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
- April 2002 – July 2004, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
- August 2004 – October 2005, Director for Logistics, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
- October 2005 – September 2007, Commander, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Illinois
- September 2007 – September 2008, Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
- September 2008 – October 2011, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
- 1974 Bachelor of Science degree, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
- 1977 Distinguished graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
- 1983 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
- 1984 Master of Science degree in international relations, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
- 1993 Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
- 1994 Air War College, by correspondence
- 1995 Program for Senior Officials in National Security, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- 1998 Executive Program for General Officers of the Russian Federation and the United States, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- 2000 National Security Decision-Making Seminar, Center for Strategic Education, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.
- Rating: Command pilot, navigator
- Flight hours: More than 5,400
- Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, C-141, C-17, C-21, C-20 and UH-1N
Awards and decorations
|US Air Force Command Pilot Badge|
|Basic Parachutist badge|
|United States Transportation Command|
|Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|
- United States Air Force Academy class of 1974
- Commander's Trophy, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Air Training Command
- Orville Wright Award for outstanding UPT graduate, Order of Daedalians
Effective dates of promotion
|General||December 1, 2005|
|Lieutenant General||April 19, 2002|
|Major General||February 26, 2001|
|Brigadier General||July 27, 1998|
|Colonel||January 1, 1993|
|Lieutenant Colonel||June 1, 1989|
|Major||October 1, 1985|
|Captain||June 5, 1978|
|First Lieutenant||June 5, 1976|
|Second Lieutenant||June 5, 1974|
Gen. John D.W. Corley
|Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
2007 - 2008
Gen. William M. Fraser III
Gen. T. Michael Moseley
|Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
July 2008 - August 2008
Gen. Norton A. Schwartz
Gen. Norton A. Schwartz
|Commander, United States Transportation Command
2008 - 2011
Gen. William M. Fraser III
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