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LIEUTENANT GENERAL JERRY P. MARTINEZ

Commander, United States Forces Japan

Lieutenant General Jerry P. Martinez is the Commander, U.S. Forces Japan, and Commander, 5th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Yokota Air Base, Japan and is the senior U.S. military representative in Japan. He is responsible for managing bilateral security issues, overseeing joint/bilateral exercises, administering the Status of Forces Agreement, improving combat readiness and enhancing the quality of life of 62,000 military and DOD civilian personnel and 42,000 dependants. 

General Martinez was commissioned in 1986 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours in the C-17A, C-5B, C-141B, and KC-135R. The general previously commanded the 62d Airlift Wing, McChord Air Force Base, Wash., overseeing the Air Force’s only prime nuclear airlift force. His staff assignments include Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Headquarters Allied Joint Force Command, Brunssum, the Netherlands; Chief of the Joint Mobility Operations Center at U.S. Transportation Command; Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow with the DuPont Corporation in Wilmington, Del.; and Inspector General, Headquarters Air Mobility Command.

Prior to his current assignment, he was the Director of Operations, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

EDUCATION

1986 Bachelor of Science, basic science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

1991 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

1994 Master of Arts degree in business administration, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.

1996 Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

2001 Air War College, by seminar

2003 Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow, DuPont Corporation, Wilmington, Del.

2005 Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.

ASSIGNMENTS

1. June 1986 - January 1988, student, undergraduate pilot training, Vance AFB, Okla.

2. January 1988 - November 1993, KC-135 instructor pilot, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, and wing executive officer, Altus AFB, Okla.

3. November 1993 - June 1996, C-141 instructor pilot, flight commander and wing executive officer, Charleston AFB, S.C.

4. June 1996 - June 1997, student, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

5. June 1997 - March 1999, C-141/C-5 program element monitor, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

6. March 1999 - July 2001, C-141 operations officer and Commander, 4th Airlift Squadron, McChord AFB, Wash.

7. July 2001 - June 2003, Chief, Mobility Systems Division and Chief, Joint Mobility Operations Center, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill.

8. June 2003 - June 2004, Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow, DuPont Corporation, Wilmington, Del.

9. June 2004 - June 2005, Deputy Commander, 436th Operations Group, Dover AFB, Del.

10. July 2005 - March 2006, Vice Commander, 22d Air Refueling Wing, McConnell AFB, Kan.

11. March 2006 - January 2008, Commander, 62d Airlift Wing, McChord AFB, Wash.

12. January 2008 - September 2008, executive officer to the Commander, AMC, Scott AFB, Ill.

13. September 2008 - February 2010, Inspector General, Headquarters AMC, Scott AFB, Ill.

14. March 2010 - April 2011, Deputy Commander, Political-Military Affairs, Combined Security Transition

Command, Afghanistan, U.S. Central Command, Kabul, Afghanistan.

15. April 2011 - June 2013, Director for Joint Integration, Directorate of Operational Capability Requirements,

Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

16. June 2013 - May 2015, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Headquarters Allied Joint Force Command

Brunssum, the Netherlands.

17. May 2015 - September 2016, Director of Operations, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.

18. October 2016 - Present, Commander, United States Forces Japan and Commander, 5th Air Force, Yokota

AB, Japan. Also serve as Interim Commander, Pacific Air Forces (May 2018 - July 2018)

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS

1. July 2001 - June 2003, Chief, Mobility Systems Division, and Chief, Joint Mobility Operations Center, U.S.

Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill., as a Lieutenant Colonel

2. March 2010 - April 2011, Deputy Commander, Political-Military Affairs, Combined Security Transition

Command, Afghanistan, U.S. Central Command, Kabul, Afghanistan, as a Brigadier General

3. June 2013 - May 2015, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Headquarters Allied Joint Force Command

Brunssum, the Netherlands, as a Major General

4. October 2016 - Present, Commander, United States Forces Japan, Yokota AB, Japan, as a Lieutenant General

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating: Command Pilot

Flight Hours: More than 4,000

Aircraft Flown: C-17A, C-5B, C-141B and KC-135R

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Distinguished Service Medal (Air Force) with oak leaf cluster

Defense Superior Service Medal

Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster

Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Air Medal with oak leaf cluster

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal

NATO Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTIONS

Second Lieutenant May 28, 1986

First Lieutenant May 28, 1988

Captain May 28, 1990

Major Aug. 1, 1996

Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 1999

Colonel July 1, 2005

Brigadier General Dec. 3, 2009

Major General Aug. 2, 2013

Lieutenant General Oct. 6, 2016

(Current as of September 2018)