Deputy Commanding General

Brigadier General James R. Kriesel

United States European Command CJTF-HOA Deputy Commanding General Biography

Brigadier General James R. Kriesel serves as the Deputy Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force—Horn of Africa.

Brigadier General Kriesel graduated from Euro-NATO Joint-Jet-Pilot-Training in 1990, and is a command pilot with more than 2,600 flight hours in the A-10 and F-15C.

Brigadier General Kriesel is a joint service officer and served in various key operational and staff assignments throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa.  These include 510th Tactical Fighter Squadron A-10 supporting Operations DESERT STORM and PROVIDE COMFORT; Alert Force Commander 59th Fighter Squadron F-15C supporting Operation  SOUTHERN WATCH; Mission Commander/Instructor 12th Fighter Squadron F-15C supporting Operation NORTHERN WATCH; Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa, supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and FREEDOM SENTINEL.  Brigadier General Kriesel also served as the Deputy Commanding General-Air, Combined Joint Task Force Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, Deputy Commander, 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force–Levant, and Director Coalition Aviation Advisory Training Team, Baghdad Iraq.  Most recently, he served as Commander, Oregon Air National Guard.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Air Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Aerial Achievement Medal (five oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Air Force Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award (four oak leaf clusters), and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (one oak leaf cluster).

Brigadier General Kriesel holds a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington and attended Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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