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Joseph W. Ashy
General Joseph W. Ashy
Born October 16, 1940(1940-10-16) (age 82)
Place of birth Jasper, Texas
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1962-1996
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held
  • North American Aerospace Defense Command
  • United States Space Command
Battles/wars Vietnam War

General Joseph William Ashy,[1] USAF (born October 16, 1940)[2] was commander in chief of North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Space Command, and commander of Air Force Space Command, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. As commander of NORAD, General Ashy was responsible for the air sovereignty of the United States and Canada, as well as for providing tactical warning and attack assessment. As USCINCSPACE, he commanded the unified command responsible for directing space control and support operations including theater missile defense. As COMAFSPC, he directed satellite control, warning, space launch and ballistic missile operations missions through a worldwide network of support facilities and bases.

Ashy entered the Air Force in 1962 as a distinguished graduate of Texas A&M University. He has commanded two fighter wings, the U.S. Air Force Tactical Fighter Weapons Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada; and Air Training Command. He also commanded NATO's Allied Air Forces Southern Europe and 16th Air Force. As the air component commander to CINCSOUTH, he commanded NATO air forces in the Mediterranean area and directed the air operation over Bosnia. He was a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours in fighter and attack aircraft, including 289 combat missions in Vietnam.

He holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Auburn University. He retired on October 1, 1996.


  • 1962 Bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, Texas A&M University
  • 1979 Master's degree in public administration, Auburn University, Alabama
  • 1979 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  • 1987 National Security Programs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


Flight information

  • Rating: Command pilot
  • Flight hours: More than 3,500
  • Aircraft flown: F-100, A-7, F-4, F-5, F-16

Major awards and decorations

Effective dates of promotion

  • US-OF1B.svg Second Lieutenant Aug 24, 1962
  • US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant Mar 30, 1964
  • US-O3 insignia.svg Captain Jan 19, 1967
  • US-O4 insignia.svg Major Mar 1, 1971
  • US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 1975
  • US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel May 1, 1978
  • US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General Oct 1, 1984
  • US-O8 insignia.svg Major General Aug 1, 1987
  • US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General Nov 21, 1989
  • US-O10 insignia.svg General Sep 13, 1994


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