General James B. Davis, USAF (ret'd) earned a bachelor's degree in military science from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958 and a master's degree in public administration from Auburn University in 1976.  He completed Armed Forces Staff College in 1971 and Air War College as a distinguished graduate in 1976.  The general completed pilot training at Bartow Air Force Base, Fla., and Greenville Air Force Base, Miss.  In January 1968 he was assigned to the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, serving as a combat pilot and assistant operations officer.  By September 1968 he had flown 100 combat missions in F 4's over North Vietnam.  In October 1968, he was selected as aide to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Lindsey Air Station, West Germany.  In June 1976, he graduated from the Air War College and was assigned to the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, first as Assistant Deputy Commander for operations, then as Deputy Commander for operations and, later, as Vice Commander.  He then served as Deputy Chief of Staff for operations and intelligence, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, from August 1986 until August 1987, when he became Vice Commander in Chief, Pacific Air Forces.  From January 1988 until July 1991 he was Commander of U.S. Forces, Japan, and 5th Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan.  Additionally, from Nov. 1990, until Feb. 1991, General Davis concurrently served as Commander, Pacific Air Forces.  Later he became Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Mons, Belgium.  The general is a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours, including 270 combat hours.  His military awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with 10 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters and many more.  Post his distinguished military career, the general has been appointed to a number of commissions that interface with the Air Force such as analysis of base closures and orientation programs for newly promoted flag officers as well as numerous corporate boards where his insight and contacts are greatly valued.