Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Brig. Gen. Walsh makes fini flight in an A-10C at Kandahar Airfield

The following picture is extracted from the Kandahar Chronicle, 451st AEW base newspaper (July 5, 2010, public online PDF issue), and still NOT released as jpg file in the 451st AEW website's photo section:

Brig. Gen. Guy Walsh, commander, 451st Air Expeditionary Wing, steps down from an A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft after his final flight at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, July 4, 2010. General Walsh has commanded the 451st AEW since it stood up one year ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Andrew G. Hoskinson) Full size

Downsized screen shot of the PDF picture with original caption.

Note: The aircraft must be A-10C 82-0654 from the 81st Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing (USAFE), Spangdahlem AB, Germany, currently deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) to the 451st AEW at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

Official USAF public online bio:



Brigadier General Guy M. Walsh is the commander of the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing, Kandahar, Afghanistan. He is responsible for all U.S. Air Force combat operations and support activities at Kandahar Airfield and forward operating bases. The Wing provides tactical airlift, close air support, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, command and control, combat search and rescue, casualty and aeromedical evacuation capabilities whenever and wherever needed.

General Walsh graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1979. Following undergraduate pilot training, he flew the RF-4C in Europe. He converted to the F-4C, F-4D, YF-4E, and T-38 at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, CA. He transitioned to the A-10A Thunderbolt II serving as an instructor pilot, flight commander, operations officer, squadron commander, and deputy operations group commander. He previously commanded the 358th Fighter Squadron at Davis-Monthan, Ariz. General Walsh served a Joint tour at U.S. Central Command as Chief of Air Operations and Deputy Chief of Current Operations. He served as the Commander, 1st Air Support Operations Group at Fort Lewis, WA. He also was assigned as the I Corps Air Liaison Officer, as principal advisor to the I Corps Commanding General on the employment of air power, joint task force, contingency operations, and Stryker Brigade Combat Team Transformation. A command pilot, the general has 4,200 flying hours, principally in attack/fighter aircraft.

1979 Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Science, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
1985 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1985 Master's Degree in International Relations, University of Southern California (Cambridge University, United Kingdom)
1994 Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
1998 National Defense Fellowship, Institute for National Security Studies, USAFA, Colo.
1999 Senior Officer Space Application Course, Space Warfare Center, Schreiver AFB, Colo.
1999 Armed Forces Staff College Joint Officer's School, Norfolk, Va.
2005 Title 10/Title 32 Joint Commander's Course, Peterson AFB, Colo.
2002 Joint Firepower Control Course for Senior Leaders, Nellis AFB, Nev.

1. September 1979- August 1980, student, undergraduate pilot training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
2. August 1980 - May 1981, RF-4 pilot, 333rd Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.
3. May 1981- December 1984, RF-4 Pilot, Chief of Wing Flying Safety, 1st Tactical Reconnaissance Sq, RAF Alconbury, United Kingdom
4. January 1985 - March 1985, student, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
5. April 1985 - February 1987, F-4 pilot, T-38 pilot, and Executive Officer, 6512th Test Squadron, USAF Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
6. May 1987 - July 1988, A-10 Pilot, Chief of Plans, Wing Training Officer, 25th Fighter Squadron, Suwon Air Base, Republic of Korea
7. July 1988-January 1992, A-10 Instructor Pilot, Central Instructor School Commander, Flight Commander, and Operation Officer, 357th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
8. January 1992 - June 1992, A-10 Operations Officer, 358th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
9. June 1992 - June 1993, Treaty Compliance Officer, Chemical Weapons Convention, Panama Canal Treaty Implementation Plan Director, Plans and Policy Division, HQ Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
10. June 1993 - May 1994, student, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
11. May 1994 - June 1997, Operations Officer/Commander, 358th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
12. July 1997 - June 1998, National Defense Fellow (Senior Service School), Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
13. June 1998 - June 2000, Chief of Joint Air Operations Branch, Deputy Chief Current Operations, Operations Directorate, J-3, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Tampa, Fla.
14. July 2000 - July 2001, Deputy Commander, 355th Operations Group, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
15. July 2001-November 2002, Commander, 1st Air Support Operations Group and Air Liaison Officer to HQ First Corps, US Army, Ft Lewis, Wash.
16. May 2002 - September 2002, Senior Air Advisor to Coalition, Land Component Forces Commander (CFLCC), Camp Doha, Kuwait
17. May 2005 - August 2005, Director of Staff, Combined Air Operations Center, Al Udeid AB, Qatar
18. December 2002 - June 2009, Commander, 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, Baltimore, Md.
19. July 2009 - Present, Commander, 451st Air Expeditionary Wing, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: 4,200
Aircraft flown: A-10A, A-10C, RF-4C, F-4D, YF-4E, T-38 and C-130J

Legion of Merit Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with a silver oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal Joint Meritorious Unit Award Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
State of Maryland Commendation Medal

1990 USAF Anthony C. Shine Top Fighter Pilot Award
Co-editor of Space power for a New Millennium (McGraw-Hill)
2001 AFA 2001 AFA Citation of Honor Recipient/ Gil Robb Wilson for Arts and Literature
2001 CSAF Team Excellence Award for Briefing Room Interactive

Brigadier General October 28, 2005

(Current as of August 2009)


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