ECU alumnus Gen. Gary L. North is commander of Pacific Air Forces, responsible for Air Force activities spread over half the globe.
His command supports 45,000 USAF troops in Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Korea and Japan. He also serves as air component commander for U.S. Pacific Command and executive director for Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.
North completed ECU’s ROTC program as a distinguished graduate and, in 1976, was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.
He has completed four long and four short overseas tours and held numerous operational, command and staff positions. He is a command pilot with more than 4,600 flying hours, primarily in the F-4, F-15 and F-16.
He flew 83 combat missions in Operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.