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LtGen (Ret.) - Glen "Wally" Moorhead III, USAF

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Glen W. "Wally" Moorhead III retired in July 2006 after more than 38 years of active service in the United States Air Force. His final assignment was as Commander, Nato Allied Air Component Command, Naples, Italy, and Izmir, Turkey, and Commander, 16th AF, U.S. Air Forces Europe, Aviano Air Base, Italy, and Ramstein Air Base, Germany. In both roles, he was responsible for the planning and execution of U.S. and NATO air operations throughout Europe and Africa. He also served as the air component commander for NATO and European Union air operations in the Balkans.

Lt. Gen. Moorhead graduated from Smackover High School, Ark., in 1964, and attended the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School before graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1969. After completing undergraduate pilot training and initial mission qualification, he was assigned twice to Southeast Asia, where he flew more than 350 close air support and air interdiction missions and more than 500 combat hours in the A-37 Dragonfly and A-7 Corsair II. He also commanded an A-10 and an F-117 squadron, an F-15E operations group, the Warrior Preparation Center in Europe, the 50th Space Wing and Space Warfare Center at Falcon Air Force Base, Colorado, and the Air Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

In 1995, in support of a number of ongoing Balkans operations, Lt. Gen. Moorhead directed Joint Task Force Provide Promise, including humanitarian airlift into Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Joint Task Force Able Sentry in Macedonia; the United Nations hospital in Zagreb, Croatia; and unmanned aerial vehicle operations for NATO’s Operation Deliberate Force. During Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, the general commanded the 16th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force and Coalition Air Forces North, a collection of more than 4,700 Airmen and 100 aircraft flying combat and combat support sorties from expeditionary bases in Europe. He also commanded Operation Display Deterrence, NATO’s Article IV air defense of Turkey during the same period.

Lt. Gen. Moorhead held staff positions as Deputy Director of Fighter Tactics and Training for Headquarters Tactical Air Command, special assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and Air Force Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations. Prior to his final assignment, he served as Vice Commander, U.S. Air Forces Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He flew more than 5,000 hours in the F-16, F-15E, F-117, A-10, A-7 and A-37 after earning his pilot wings in April 1971.

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