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First Name: Hal

Last Name: Hornburg

Birthplace: Corsicana, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Middle Name: M.

Date of Birth: 07 December 1945

Rank: General

Years Served: 1968-2005
Hal M. Hornburg

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)
•  Gulf War (1990 - 1991)


Hal M. Hornburg

General, U.S. Air Force

Hal M. Hornburg was born on 7 December 1945 in Corsicana, TX.

Hornburg entered the U.S. Air Force in 1968 as a graduate of Texas A&M University's AFROTC program. He has commanded at all levels-flight, squadron, wing, numbered air force and major command.

He also commanded a composite fighter wing during Operation Desert Storm and the first Air Force composite wing during the services reorganization in 1991-92. General Hornburg directed air operations over Bosnia, commanded the Joint Warfighting Center, served on the Joint Staff, and directed operations at Headquarters U.S. Air Force. He also has served as Tactical Air Command's F-15 demonstration pilot for the East Coast, as Air Force Liaison Officer to the U.S. Senate, and as Chief of the Air Force Colonels' Group.

On 1 August 2000, Hornburg was promoted to the four-star rank of General and named as Commander, Air Education and Training Command (COMAETC). In 2001, he became Commander, Air Combat Command (COMACC).

General Hornburg retired from the Air Force on 1 January 2005. During his service, he became a Command Pilot with over 4,400 flight hours in these aircraft: T-37, T-38, O-1, O-2, OV-10, F-100, F-4D/E, F-15A/C/E, F-16C, KC-10, T-6 Texan II, and C-21.


1968 Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance, Texas A&M University

1974 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL

1978 Air Command and Staff College

1978 Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management, University of Utah

1986 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC

1987 Seminar XXI, Foreign Political and International Relations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1994 National and International Security Program, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


July 1968 - June 1969, student, undergraduate pilot training, Reese AFB, TX.

July 1969 - October 1969, student, O-1 forward air controller combat crew training, Hurlburt Field, FL.

October 1969 - September 1970, forward air controller, 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron, Cam Ranh Bay Air Base, Qui Nhon, Pleiku and Gia Nghia, South Vietnam.

October 1970 - October 1972, T-38 Instructor Pilot, Check Pilot and Flight Examiner, 3500th Pilot Training Squadron, Reese AFB, TX.

October 1972 - January 1975, T-38 Instructor Pilot, Check Pilot and Flight Examiner, 64th Flying Training Wing, Reese AFB, TX.

January 1975 - September 1975, student, F-4 combat crew training, 31st Tactical Fighter Wing, Homestead AFB, FL.

September 1975 - January 1977, F-4D fighter pilot, 492nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England.

January 1977 - July 1977, F-4E fighter pilot, 512th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany.

July 1977 - September 1978, Aide-de-Camp to the Commander in Chief, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, West Germany.

October 1978 - November 1978, student, F-15 combat crew training, 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ.

December 1978 - July 1982, F-15 fighter pilot and Chief, Standardization and Evaluation Division, 1st Tactical Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, VA.

July 1982 - July 1984, assistant, Senior Officer Management Division, Headquarters TAC, Langley AFB, VA.

July 1984 - March 1985, Commander, 27th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, VA.

March 1985 - July 1985, Assistant Deputy Commander for Operations, 1st Tactical Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, VA.

August 1985 - June 1986, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington.

July 1986 - January 1987, Chief, Western Hemisphere Division, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington.

January 1987 - July 1987, Chief, Senate Liaison Division, Air Force Secretariat, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington.

July 1987 - March 1989, Chief, Air Force Colonels' Group, Headquarters Air Force Military Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, TX.

March 1989 - April 1990, Vice Commander, 1st Tactical Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, VA.

April 1990 - August 1992, Commander, 4th Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC, (August 1990 - March 1991, Commander, 4th Fighter Wing (Provisional), operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia).

August 1992 - July 1993, Director of Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington.

July 1993 - November 1994, Vice Director, Operational Plans and Interoperability Directorate (J-7), the Joint Staff, Washington.

November 1994 - September 1996, Deputy Commander, Headquarters 16th Air Force, and Director, Combined Air Operations Center, 5th Allied Tactical Air Force, Vicenza, Italy.

September 1996 - May 1998, Commander, Joint Warfighting Center, Fort Monroe, VA.

May 1998 - January 2000, Commander, 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces, Shaw AFB, SC.

January 2000 - June 2000, Vice Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, VA.

June 2000 - November 2001, Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, TX.

November 2001 - 2004, Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, VA; Air Component Commander for U.S. Joint Forces Command; and effective 1 October 2002, Air Component Commander for U.S. Northern Command.

Promotion Dates

Second Lieutenant - 24 May 1968

First Lieutenant - 1 January 1970

Captain - 1 July 1971

Major - 1 September 1979

Lieutenant Colonel - 1 December 1982

Colonel - 1 December 1985

Brigadier General - 1 August 1992

Major General - 20 September 1994

Lieutenant General - 1 July 1998

General -1 August 2000

Medals and Awards

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (2 Awards)

Defense Superior Service Medal

Legion of Merit (3 Awards)

Distinguished Flying Cross (2 Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal (4 Awards)

Air Medal (10 Awards)

Aerial Achievement Medal (3 Awards)

Air Force Commendation Medal

Army Presidential Unit Citation

Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2 Awards)

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "Valor" Device (6 Awards)

Combat Readiness Medal

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with 2 Bronze Stars

Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Stars

Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars

Armed Forces Service Medal

Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

NATO Medal

Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi)

Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Command Pilot Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge

Honoree ID: 746   Created by: MHOH




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