Brig. Gen. John F Newell III
Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs for Asia, J5
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Brig. Gen. John F. “Jeff” Newell III is the Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs for Asia, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for regional planning and policy, and for the implementation of the National Security Strategy for Asia-Pacific, Central, South, Northeast and Southeast Asia regions, supporting the commanders of U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Central Command in the global war on terrorism. Additionally, he provides politico-military advice to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and National Command Authorities.
General Newell entered the Air Force in August 1986 after receiving his commission through AFROTC at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His operational flying experience includes special operations and air mobility, with assignments in the MC-130E Combat Talon, and the C-130H. His command assignments include the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan; 12th Operations Group at Randolph AFB, Texas, and the 39th Airlift Squadron at Dyess AFB, Texas. He served in various staff assignments, including the CSAF Executive Action Group, the Air Staff Directorate of Strategic Plans, and as the Air Force Aide to the President of the United States. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Air Force School of Advanced Airpower Studies, and served as a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Prior to his current assignment, General Newell was the Director, Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff Executive Action Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
1985 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Ga.
1994 Master of Arts in International Relations, Troy State University, Ala.
1998 Master of Airpower Art and Science, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Ala.
2002 Air War College, by correspondence
2007 Military Fellowship, Council on Foreign Relations, New York City, N.Y.
1. August 1986 – January 1992, T-37 Instructor Pilot, Flight Examiner and Flight Commander, 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, Texas
2. January 1992 – July 1992, C-130E Initial Qualification Training, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
3. August 1992 – June 1996, MC-130E Instructor Pilot and Crew Commander, 8th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
4. July 1996 – June 1997, student, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
5. July 1997 – June 1998, student, U.S. Air Force School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
6. July 1998 – May 1999, action officer, National Defense Review Division (QDR), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
7. June 1999 – September 2000, action officer, CSAF Chief’s Group, , Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
8. January 2001 – January 2002, Commander, 39th Airlift Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
9. February 2002 – February 2004, Aide to the President of the United States, The White House, Washington, D.C.
10. March 2004 – July 2006, Commander, 12th Operations Group, Randolph AFB, Texas
11. August 2006 – July 2007, Air Force Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, New York City, N.Y.
12. July 2007 – April 2009, Commander, 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota AB, Japan
13. April 2009 – May 2010, Director, Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff Executive Action Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
14. May 2010 – present, Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs for Asia, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: More than 3,500
Aircraft Flown: MC-130E, C-130E/H, T-6, T-37
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant – February 28, 1986
First Lieutenant – February 28, 1988
Captain – February 28, 1990
Major – August 1, 1996
Lieutenant Colonel – May 1, 2000
Colonel – August 1, 2004
Brigadier General – July 3, 2010
(Current as of July 2010)