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First Name: James

Last Name: Mullins

Birthplace: Jersey City, NJ, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Middle Name: P.

Date of Birth: 12 September 1928

Rank: General

Years Served:
James P. Mullins

•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


James P. Mullins

General, U.S. Air Force

James P. Mullins was born on 12 September 1928 in Jersey City, NJ. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1946. Mullins entered pilot training as an aviation cadet in 1948 and graduated in 1949 with a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

He was assigned to the 2nd Air Refueling Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, where he flew KB-29Ms, the Strategic Air Command's first aerial tanker.

During the Korean War, Mullins participated in combat evaluation of in-flight refueling systems for fighter aircraft while assigned to the Far East Air Forces Bomber Command at Yokota Air Base, Japan. In January 1953, he returned to the U.S. and was assigned to the 9th Air Refueling Squadron, initially at Davis-Monthan AFB, and later moving with the unit to Mountain Home AFB, ID.

In July 1954, Mullins entered aircraft observer/bombardier training at James Connally AFB, TX, in preparation for an assignment in January 1955 to the 96th Bombardment Wing at Altus AFB, OK, as a B-47 Aircraft Commander. He moved with the Wing in 1957 to Dyess AFB, TX, and served as a B-47 Aircraft Commander and an Air Training Officer until September 1961. He was then assigned to SAC Headquarters, Offutt AFB, NE, as the B/RS-70 Requirements Officer in the Requirements Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations.

He transferred to Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, in August 1968, where he served with the 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing on consecutive assignments as Detachment Commander, Tactical Squadron Commander and Assistant Deputy Commander for Operations. He completed 110 combat missions in the Phantom RF-4C aircraft.

Mullins was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, DC, in August 1969 in the Directorate of Operational Requirements and Development Plans, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Research and Development, where he served as Chief of the Aircraft Division. He next attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University's School of Business Administration in 1972. In June 1973, he became Vice Commander, Ogden Air Materiel Area (later re-named Air Logistics Center), Air Force Logistics Command, Hill AFB, UT.

He was assigned as Deputy Chief of Staff for Acquisition Logistics, Air Force Logistics Command at Wright-Patterson AFB in March 1975. He was re-assigned within the command staff as Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations in May 1975. This organization was re-named Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs in August 1975. He then returned to Hill AFB as Commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center in August 1977.

In November 1978, Mullins took Command of 15th Air Force at March AFB, CA. Mullins was promoted to the four-star rank of General on 1 August 1981 and assumed Command of Air Force Logistics Command.

General Mullins retired from the Air Force on 1 November 1984. During his service, Mullins became a Command Pilot with over 6,000 flying hours.

While in the Air Force, he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from the University of Omaha in 1964; attended the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, from August 1966 to July 1967; and then completed RF-4C combat crew training. He also earned a Master of Science Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University, Washington, DC, in 1967.

Medals and Awards

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (2 Awards)

Legion of Merit (2 Awards)

Distinguished Flying Cross

Air Medal (6 Awards)

Air Force Commendation Medal (2 Awards)

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "Valor" Device (2 Awards)


Command Pilot Badge
Missleman Badge

Honoree ID: 798   Created by: MHOH




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