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Patrick K. Gamble (born November 12, 1945) is a retired President of the University of Alaska and a retired Air Force General whose assignments included service as Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.[1][2]

Patrick K. Gamble
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General Patrick K. Gamble, U.S. Air Force (retired)
Born (1945-11-12) November 12, 1945 (age 73)
Fresno, California, United States
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service1967–2001
Commands heldPacific Air Forces
Alaskan Command
11th Air Force
8th Tactical Fighter Wing
18th Combat Support Wing
56th Fighter Wing
318th FIS
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsLegion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal (14)

Gamble entered the Air Force in 1967 through the four-year Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Texas A&M University. He flew 394 combat missions as a forward air controller in the O-1 Bird Dog in Vietnam. He has commanded a fighter squadron and three wings. Before assuming his current position, he was deputy chief of staff for air and space operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He retired from the Air Force on May 1, 2001.

Following his service in the Air Force, Gamble became a senior executive for the Alaska Railroad, where he succeeded Bill Sheffield as President of the railroad.[3][4] In 2010, he retired from the railroad and accepted appointment as president of the University of Alaska, succeeding Mark R. Hamilton, himself a retired general (Army). In December 2014, he announced his resignation from the University of Alaska: Anchorage, and he was succeeded in September 2015 by Jim Johnsen.




  • December 1967 – January 1969, student, undergraduate pilot training, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
  • February 1969 – April 1969, forward air controller training, Hurlburt Field, Florida
  • May 1969 – May 1970, forward air controller, O-1 Bird Dog, Duc Hoa Village, South Vietnam
  • May 1970 – November 1970, student, F-102 interceptor training, Perrin Air Force Base, Texas
  • November 1970 – January 1971, F-106 upgrade pilot training, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida
  • February 1971 – January 1974, life support officer, F-106 instructor pilot and flight commander, 460th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota
  • January 1974 – January 1975, Air Staff Training Assignment, Directorate of Personnel Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • January 1975 – July 1977, chief of standardization and evaluation, 87th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base, Michigan
  • August 1977 – July 1978, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  • July 1978 – May 1981, chief, Air Threat Analysis Group (Red Team), Project Checkmate, Directorate of Operations and Readiness, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • May 1981 – June 1983, commander, 318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, McChord Air Force Base, Washington
  • July 1983 – June 1984, student, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  • June 1984 – July 1986, chief, Operations Management and Analysis Division; chief, Contingency Plans Division; deputy director, then director, Personnel Plans and Systems, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia
  • July 1986 – April 1988, director of operations, then vice commander, 474th Tactical Fighter Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
  • April 1988 – June 1989, commander, 18th Combat Support Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan
  • June 1989 – June 1990, commander, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea
  • June 1990 – June 1992, executive officer to the Air Force chief of staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • August 1992 – June 1993, commander, 58th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona
  • June 1993 – November 1994, commandant of cadets and commander, 34th Training Wing, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • November 1994 – August 1996, assistant chief of staff, Operations and Logistics Division, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Belgium
  • August 1996 – November 1997, commander, Alaskan Command, Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, 11th Air Force and Joint Task Force Alaska, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
  • November 1997 – July 1998, deputy chief of staff, Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • July 1998 – 2001, commander, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii

Flight informationEdit

Major awards and decorationsEdit

Other achievementsEdit

  • 1976 Member, William Tell Air-to-Air Weapons Competition Team, 87th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
  • 1982 Team leader, William Tell Air-to-Air Competition Team, 318th Fighter Interceptor Squadron

Effective dates of promotionEdit


  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "[1]".

  1. ^ United States Air Force Academy (1994). Contrails, the Air Force cadet handbook. 40. U.S. Air Force Academy. Retrieved 2015-05-24.
  2. ^ " News Release: GENERAL OFFICER ANNOUNCEMENT". Retrieved 2015-05-24.
  3. ^ "Alaska Railroad — History". Alaska Railroad. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
  4. ^ "Press Kit" (PDF). Alaska Railroad. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
Business positions
Preceded by
Bill Sheffield
President of Alaska Railroad
Succeeded by
Christopher Aadnesen
Preceded by
Mark R. Hamilton
President of University of Alaska
Succeeded by
Jim Johnsen