General with area ties to receive 2nd star Friday
July 12, 2007
Ramsaur (U.S. Stratcom
By John Andrew
Primejprime@gannett.comAn Air Force Reserve brigadier general with local roots and
past service at Barksdale Air Force Base will receive his second star at the
Jack W. Ramsaur II will officially become Maj. Gen. Jack
Ramsaur in the 2 p.m. ceremony at the base officers club.
humbled, and honored, Ramsaur told The Times of his selection to two-star
grade, which is limited to only 24 officers for the Air Force Reserve. Im
fortunate to have worked with and for a lot of good people who have made this
Ramsaur, who grew up in Ruston and who now flies for FedEx in
his civilian career, spoke to The Times taking a crew bus between his airplane
and a terminal somewhere on the routes between east and west.
mobilization assistant to U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, commander of
United States Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
recently nominated to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will pin
Ramsaurs new stars on his shoulder at the Friday ceremony.
his Air Force career in 1974 through the Air Force ROTC, and his first station
was Barksdale. Here, he was a KC-135 pilot and simulator instructor for the 71st
Air Refueling Squadron, followed by service as a pilot and evaluator with the
78th Air Refueling Squadron.
After service at McGuire Air Force Base,
N.J., he was a squadron commander at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. He later
served in command staff slots at Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon, and at
Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. and at
The 55-year-old father and grandfather is a command pilot with
more than 5,300 hours in the Boeing 707 and 727 and McDonnell Douglas DC-10
civilian jetliners and in the militarys E-3, C-18, KC-10, KC-135A/R, T-37, T-38
and T-1 aircraft.
A BS and MA graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he
has received the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak
leaf clusters, the Aerial Achievement Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal,
the Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster and the Defense
Superior Service Medal.
Ramsaur was one of seven brigadier generals
approved for promotion to two-star rank in January by President George W. Bush.
Nine reserve colonels were approved for promotion to brigadier general. All were
subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
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