George T. Babbitt (born June 22, 1942) is a retired [1 ] United States Air Force four-star general who served as Commander, Air Force Materiel Command (COMAFMC), from 1997 to 2000.
As a teenager in the late 1950s, Babbitt became the original drummer for
The Ventures rock group. [2 ] Just before the band gained fame with their huge hit "Walk Don't Run" in 1960, Babbitt had to drop out because he was not old enough to play the night clubs and bars the band was beginning to work in. [3 ] [4 ]
Babbitt was commissioned in 1965 through the
Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Washington. He trained as an aircraft maintenance officer and served as officer in charge of fighter flight lines in the United States, the Pacific and Europe. He twice commanded aircraft maintenance squadrons and was deputy commander for maintenance of a European F-15 wing.
Prior to assuming command of Air Force Materiel Command, Babbitt was director of the Defense Logistics Agency at
Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Other assignments include deputy chief of staff for logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force; deputy director for materiel management, Defense Logistics Agency; director of supply, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and director of logistics for both Headquarters Air Training Command and Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe. Education [edit ] 1965 Bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, University of Washington, Seattle 1970 Master of science degree in logistics management, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 1975 Program Managers Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Virginia 1978 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia 1986 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama 1989 The Executive Development Program, Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University, Illinois 1993 Program for Senior Managers in Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Massachusetts Assignments [edit ] June 1965 - February 1966, student, aircraft maintenance officer course, Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois February 1966 - June 1969, RF-4C maintenance officer, RAF Alconbury, England June 1969 - September 1970, student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio September 1970 - September 1971, squadron maintenance officer, 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam September 1971 - August 1973, maintenance planner, B-1A System Program Office, Rockwell International, Los Angeles August 1973 - January 1976, support equipment and spares manager, B-1A System Program Office, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio January 1976 - January 1978, deputy program manager for logistics, Precision Location Strike System Program Office, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio January 1978 - July 1978, student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia July 1978 - August 1980, maintenance officer and later, commander, 1st Aircraft Generation Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia August 1980 - September 1981, commander, 36th Aircraft Generation Squadron, Bitburg Air Base, West Germany September 1981 - July 1985, assistant deputy commander for maintenance and later, deputy commander for maintenance, 36th Tactical Fighter Wing, Bitburg Air Base, West Germany July 1985 - June 1986, student, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama June 1986 - June 1990, division chief and later, deputy director of logistics plans and programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. June 1990 - July 1992, director, logistics, Headquarters Air Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas July 1992 - June 1993, director, logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany June 1993 - March 1994, director of supply, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. April 1994 - June 1995, deputy director of materiel management, Defense Logistics Agency, Alexandria, Virginia June 1995 - October 1996, deputy chief of staff for logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. October 1996 - May 1997, director, Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, Virginia May 1997 - 2000, commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio Major awards and decorations [edit ] Effective dates of promotion [edit ] Second Lieutenant March 19, 1965 First Lieutenant November 30, 1966 Captain June 12, 1968 Major February 1, 1975 Lieutenant Colonel November 1, 1979 Colonel August 1, 1984 Brigadier General September 1, 1990 Major General July 1, 1993 Lieutenant General July 1, 1995 General June 1, 1997 References [edit ] This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document " ". Notes [edit ]