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General Michael Dugan

General Michael J. Dugan was Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force for 79 days in 1990. As chief, he served as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipage of a combined active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian force of nearly 1 million people serving at approximately 3,000 locations in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he and the other service chiefs functioned as the principal military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and the President.

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Early life and education

Dugan was born in Albany, New York. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy in 1958, and a master of business administration degree from the University of Colorado in 1972. He completed Squadron Officer School in 1965, Air Command and Staff College in 1970 and the Air War College in 1973.

Military career

His early operational assignments were in F-100s and A-1s. He flew A-1s during 1967, from Pleiku Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, and Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. He then planned and taught cadet military training courses and served as cadet squadron and group air officer commanding at the United States Air Force Academy.

From June 1973 to July 1977, Dugan was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., as an action officer and branch chief in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, and then as executive to the vice chief of staff. He next served at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, as vice commander and, later, commander of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing. He subsequently became commander of the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing, England Air Force Base, Louisiana, and commander of the 832nd Air Division, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

In May 1982, he moved to Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, where he served successively as Tactical Air Command's assistant deputy chief of staff for operations, inspector general and deputy chief of staff for operations. He was assigned to the deputy chief of staff for plans and operations at Air Force headquarters as director of operations in June 1986, and as assistant deputy chief of staff in January 1987. He became the Air Force deputy chief of staff, programs and resources, in July 1987. He then became deputy chief of staff, plans and operations, in March 1988. He assumed his command of U.S. Air Forces in Europe in April 1989.

Dugan is a command pilot with 4,500 flying hours and 300 combat missions. His military decorations include the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.

He was promoted to General on May 1, 1989, with the same date of rank, and became Air Force chief of staff in July 1990.

Removal from post

In September 1990, then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney dismissed Dugan from his position after service of only 79 days for "poor judgment at a sensitive time." Dugan had made imprudent remarks on secret and diplomatically sensitive issues relating to the Invasion of Kuwait and the United States' planned response.[1] He retired from the Air Force on December 31, 1990.

Post-military career

General Dugan went on to serve as the president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is now President-Emeritus of that organization.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Gen. Larry D. Welch
Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
1990
Succeeded by
Gen. John M. Loh (acting)
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General Michael J. Dugan was Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force for 79 days in 1990. As chief, he served as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipage of a combined active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian force of nearly 1 million people serving at approximately 3,000 locations in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he and the other service chiefs functioned as the principal military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and the President.

Contents

Early life and education

Dugan was born in Albany, New York. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy in 1958, and a master of business administration degree from the University of Colorado in 1972. He completed Squadron Officer School in 1965, Air Command and Staff College in 1970 and the Air War College in 1973.

Military career

His early operational assignments were in F-100s and A-1s. He flew A-1s during 1967, from Pleiku Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, and Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. He then planned and taught cadet military training courses and served as cadet squadron and group air officer commanding at the United States Air Force Academy.

From June 1973 to July 1977, Dugan was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., as an action officer and branch chief in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, and then as executive to the vice chief of staff. He next served at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, as vice commander and, later, commander of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing. He subsequently became commander of the 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing, England Air Force Base, Louisiana, and commander of the 832nd Air Division, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

In May 1982, he moved to Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, where he served successively as Tactical Air Command's assistant deputy chief of staff for operations, inspector general and deputy chief of staff for operations. He was assigned to the deputy chief of staff for plans and operations at Air Force headquarters as director of operations in June 1986, and as assistant deputy chief of staff in January 1987. He became the Air Force deputy chief of staff, programs and resources, in July 1987. He then became deputy chief of staff, plans and operations, in March 1988. He assumed his command of U.S. Air Forces in Europe in April 1989.

Dugan is a command pilot with 4,500 flying hours and 300 combat missions. His military decorations include the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.

He was promoted to General on May 1 1989, with the same date of rank, and became Air Force chief of staff in July 1990.

Removal from post

In September 1990, then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney dismissed Dugan from his position after service of only 79 days for "poor judgment at a sensitive time." Dugan had made imprudent remarks on secret and diplomatically sensitive issues relating to the Invasion of Kuwait and the United States' planned response.[1] He retired from the Air Force on December 31 1990.

Post-military career

General Dugan went on to serve as the president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is now President-Emeritus of that organization.

References

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See also

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1990 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Gen. John M. Loh (acting) |- Template:End box


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