General Philip M. BreedlovePrint-ready fact-sheet
Commander, U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Gen. Philip M. Breedlove assumed duties as Commander of European Command and as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe in late spring of 2013.
Prior to that, General Breedlove served as Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe; Commander, U.S. Air Forces Africa, Commander Air Component Command, Ramstein; and Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre, Kalkar, Germany. He was responsible for Air Force activities, conducted through 3rd Air Force, in an area of operations covering more than 19 million square miles. This area includes 105 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.
General Breedlove was raised in Forest Park, Ga., and was commissioned in 1977 as a distinguished graduate of Georgia Tech's ROTC program. He has been assigned to numerous operational, command and staff positions, and has completed 10 overseas tours, including two remote tours. He has commanded a fighter squadron, an operations group, three fighter wings, and a numbered air force. Additionally, he has served as operations officer in the Pacific Command Division on the Joint Staff; executive officer to the Commander of Headquarters Air Combat Command; the senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force; and Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Staff.
General Breedlove has flown combat missions in Operation Joint Forge/Joint Guardian. He is a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours, primarily in the F-16.
Breedlove earned his Bachelor’s in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1977, a Master of Science in aeronautical technology from Arizona State University in 1991, and a Master’s Degree in national security studies from the National War College in 1995. Breedlove also served as a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI at Washington D.C. in 2002.
He holds various decorations and awards, including a Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters and a Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters. He is also been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal and Aerial Achievement Medal.