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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.

Joseph W. Ashy
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General Joseph W. Ashy
Born (1940-10-16) October 16, 1940 (age 78)
Jasper, Texas
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1962-1996
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held
  • North American Aerospace Defense Command
  • United States Space Command
Battles/warsVietnam War

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 Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe (CINCAFSOUTH), 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.




Flight informationEdit

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

Major awards and decorationsEdit

Effective dates of promotionEdit

  •   Second Lieutenant Aug 24, 1962
  •   First Lieutenant Mar 30, 1964
  •   Captain Jan 19, 1967
  •   Major Mar 1, 1971
  •   Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 1975
  •   Colonel May 1, 1978
  •   Brigadier General Oct 1, 1984
  •   Major General Aug 1, 1987
  •   Lieutenant General Nov 21, 1989
  •   General Sep 13, 1994

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