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Jumper was born in Paris, Texas. He earned his commission as a distinguished graduate of Virginia Military Institute's Air Force ROTC program in 1966. He has commanded a fighter squadron, two fighter wings, a numbered Air Force, and U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Allied Air Forces Central Europe. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the general served as Commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base.

Jumper has also served at the Pentagon as Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, as the Senior Military Assistant to two secretaries of defense, and as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff for Roles and Missions. A command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours, principally in fighter aircraft, Jumper served two tours in Southeast Asia, accumulating more than 1,400 combat hours.

Jumper retired from the Air Force on November 1, 2005.

In June 2007 Jumper joined Board of Directors of Science Applications International Corporation, a federal contractor company.[1] On March 1, 2012 Jumper become SAIC's CEO[2] and was essential in splitting the company into two. After the split Jumper remained the CEO of the company which changed its name to Leidos.[3] Jumper retired as CEO in July 2014, when Roger Krone succeeded him as the company's new CEO, but Jumper stayed on as chairman of the company's board of directors.[4]



  1. June 1966 – July 1967, student pilot, 3550th Pilot Training Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia
  2. July 1967 – September 1967, C-7 upgrade training, Sewart AFB, Tennessee
  3. October 1967 – October 1968, C-7 pilot, 459th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Phu Cat Air Base, South Vietnam
  4. November 1968 – July 1969, F-4 upgrade training, 431st Tactical Fighter Squadron, George AFB, California
  5. July 1969 – May 1970, instructor pilot, weapons officer and fast forward air controller, 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Udon Royal Thai AFB, Thailand
  6. June 1970 – July 1974, instructor pilot, flight examiner and standardization and evaluation chief, 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Bentwaters, England
  7. July 1974 – August 1977, flight instructor, later, flight commander, U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
  8. August 1977 – June 1978, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  9. June 1978 – August 1981, Staff Officer for Operations and Readiness, Tactical Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  10. August 1981 – July 1982, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  11. July 1982 – February 1983, Chief of Safety, 474th Tactical Fighter Wing, Nellis AFB, Nevada
  12. March 1983 – July 1983, Commander, 430th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nevada
  13. July 1983 – August 1986, Special Assistant and Executive Officer to the Commander, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB, Virginia
  14. August 1986 – February 1988, Vice Commander, later, Commander, 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
  15. February 1988 – May 1990, Commander, 57th Fighter Weapons Wing, Nellis AFB, Nevada
  16. June 1990 – April 1992, Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
  17. May 1992 – February 1994, Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
  18. February 1994 – July 1994, Special Assistant to the Air Force Chief of Staff for Roles and Missions, Washington, D.C.
  19. August 1994 – June 1996, Commander, 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina
  20. June 1996 – November 1997, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  21. December 1997 – February 2000, Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and Commander, Allied Air Forces Central Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany
  22. February 2000 – September 2001, Commander, Headquarters ACC, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia
  23. September 2001 – September 2005, Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.


Jumper appeared as himself in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Lost City: Part 2".[5]

Flight informationEdit

Awards and decorationsEdit

  Command Air Force Pilot Badge
  Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
  Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters[6]
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters[6]
  Army Distinguished Service Medal[6]
  Navy Distinguished Service Medal[6]
  Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal[6]
  Defense Superior Service Medal[6]
Legion of Merit with bronze oak leaf cluster[6]
Distinguished Flying Cross with two bronze oak leaf clusters[6]
Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with three silver and one bronze oak leaf cluster
  Air Medal (18th consecutive award of this medal; denotes second ribbon for accouterment spacing)
Presidential Unit Citation (Air Force) with bronze oak leaf cluster
  Presidential Unit Citation (Navy)
  Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with two bronze service stars
Vietnam Service Medal with silver service star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze service star
  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
  Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
  Air Force Training Ribbon
  French Legion of Honour, Commandeur Medal
  Military Meritorious Service Medal, Singapore
  Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Award
  SICOFAA Legion of Merit, Officer
  Vietnam Campaign Medal

Effective dates of promotionEdit

Insignia Rank Date
  General November 17, 1997
  Lieutenant General  September 1, 1994
  Major General February 1, 1992
  Brigadier General August 1, 1989
  Colonel October 1, 1985
  Lieutenant Colonel October 1, 1980
  Major January 1, 1978
  Captain June 12, 1969
  First Lieutenant December 12, 1967
  Second Lieutenant June 12, 1966

Tanker Lease ScandalEdit

On June 7, 2005 General Jumper apologized to Senator McCain for internal Air Force emails about the Senator in the context of the tanker lease scandal, calling them "unprofessional and not worthy of a great Air Force."[7]

Thunderbirds "Thundervision" ScandalEdit

Members of the United States Air Force were under investigation by the FBI for having awarded a $50 million contract for audio-visual presentation services to Strategic Message Solutions of Plymouth Meeting, Pa.[8][9][10] The contract involved the "Thundervision" project, meant to provide oversized video screens and perhaps content services during air shows that featured the Air Force Thunderbirds. The investigation revolves around possible involvement of Jumper, and then Chief of Staff of the Air Force T. Michael Moseley. It was suggested that the contract price was inflated, because a friend of the two generals, Air Force General (ret.) Hal Hornburg, was associated with Strategic Message Solutions.[11] Two companies involved in the bidding process protested award of the contract, one having offered comparable services for half as much. The Air Force later cancelled the contract.[12]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2012-02-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "SAIC Announces CEO Succession".
  3. ^ Aitoro, Jill R. (27 September 2013). "What to expect from Leidos and SAIC when they start trading Sept. 30". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  4. ^ Jayakumar, Amrita (1 July 2014). "Leidos taps Boeing executive as new CEO". Washington Post. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  5. ^ IMDB Cast listing for episode "The Lost City: Part 2" lists John P. Jumper playing himself.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "John P. Jumper". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  7. ^ Report Faults Air Force on Proposed Boeing Deal
  8. ^ The San Francisco Chronicle Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-11-09. Retrieved 2006-11-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-07-02. Retrieved 2006-11-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-11-09. Retrieved 2006-11-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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