Cassity, James Shelby, Jr., Lt Gen

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Last Rank
Lieutenant General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Special Reporting
Primary Unit
1985-1988, United States Space Command (USSCOM)
Service Years
1958 - 1991
Lieutenant General

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Contact Info
Home Town
Gary, TX
Last Address
Fair Oaks Ranch

Date of Passing
Dec 30, 2008
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 43 Site 891

 Official Badges 

US European Command Commander Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

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Last Known Activity
I was stationed with Jim Cassity two times. At Hanscom AFB in Mass, he was the instructor that taught a class to incoming officers about the systems procurement process. He was very good. He was an L/C and worked for Gen Herres in the foreign military sales office. I was a Capt and had a car pool friend who worked in the same office as L/C Cassity. So I kept up with goings on in his office. This was in 1976 or 77. 

In 1980, I was assigned to Hq AFCC at Scott and Col Cassity was the head of the Programs Office (EP). Gen Herres was the CC at the time. He was a very good boss. I loved some of his management saying like when a program wanted to rush a schedule he would say, "If you want it bad, you'll get it bad." That is so true. When he left Scott, I personally made his shadow box going away present from the Programs Division. It included a wood outline of the state of Ill. I spent many hours on it. I hope he liked it. 

After he left, I moved to the Telephone Systems Office at Scott and he made a couple of stars and was head of all the communications units in Europe. I worked for a boss who was a real argumentative person. I decided that life was too short to put up with him so I retired. After that my old boss went to Europe to brief the telephone program to Gen Cassity and was a real butt with him. Cassity pick up hisphone and called the commander of AFCC. My old boss was fired before he got back to the states. Gen Cassity repaid the time I spent on his going away shadow box.

I really liked the man. By the way, at Scott he had a brick on his desk. The kind with 3 holes in it. It had a sign that said "Aggie bowling ball". I love that.

Miles Martin

Major USAF retired
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 Unit Assignments
605th Air Commando SquadronAir Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)20th Helicopter Squadron - Pony Express/Green Hornets21st Helicopter Squadron
US Air ForceAir Force Communications Command (AFCC)Defense Communications Agency (DCA)United States European Command (USEUCOM)
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)United States Air Forces in Europe (COMUSAFE/USAFE)United States Space Command (USSCOM)
  1964-1967, 605th Air Commando Squadron
  1964-1968, Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)
  1967-1968, 20th Helicopter Squadron - Pony Express/Green Hornets
  1967-1968, 21st Helicopter Squadron
  1974-1978, Electronic Systems Division
  1979-1981, Air Force Communications Command (AFCC)
  1983-1985, Defense Communications Agency (DCA)
  1983-1985, United States European Command (USEUCOM)
  1983-1985, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  1983-1985, United States Air Forces in Europe (COMUSAFE/USAFE)
  1985-1988, United States Space Command (USSCOM)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
National War CollegeHarvard UniversityTexas A&M UniversityUniversity of Southern California
  1950-1951, National War College
  1951-1952, Harvard University
  1954-1958, Texas A&M University
  1965-1969, University of Southern California
  1970-1971, Defense Systems Manangement College (DSMC)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
EC-121 Warning Star  C-46 Commando  F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle  
  1962-1964, EC-121 Warning Star
  1964-1967, C-46 Commando
  1970-1974, F-15 Eagle/Strike Eagle
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