Academic journal article Air Power History

Lt Gen Michael A. Nelson

Academic journal article Air Power History

Lt Gen Michael A. Nelson

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Lt Gen Michael A. Nelson served for 35 years in the USAF, retiring in 1994 as Commander, Ninth Air Force, and Commander, Central Command Air Forces. He served as president of The Retired Officers Association (now Military Officers Association of America) from 1995 to 2002, and he is a past president of the National War College Alumni Association.

General Nelson earned his commission through AFROTC at Stanford University, later receiving a master's degree at the University of Arizona. He completed pilot training in Class 61B at Laredo AFB, entered F-100 training at Luke AFB, and for the rest of his career, interspersed fighter operations (F-100, F-105, A-7, F-4E, F-15, and F-16) with operational command, staff, and professional education assignments. He completed his last single-seat sortie just prior to retirement. From 1967 to 1968, General Nelson worked on fighter electronic warfare tactics and flew F-105s in 100 combat missions over North Vietnam while assigned to the 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing. His commands include the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 21st Tactical Fighter Wing at Elmendorf AFB, 313th Air Division at Kadena AB, Japan, Thirteenth Air Force at Clark AB, the Philippines, Sheppard Technical Training Center, and Ninth Air Force. He is a graduate of the Squadron Officer School, the Air Command and Staff College, and the National War College. …

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