Saturday, 21 February 2015


               BLACK  SOCIAL  HISTORY                                                                                                                

 Lloyd W. Newton

Lloyd W. Newton
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General Lloyd W. "Fig" Newton
BornDecember 24, 1942 (age 72)
Ridgeland, South Carolina
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1966 - 2000
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held
  • Air Education and Training Command
  • 49th Fighter Wing
Battles/warsVietnam War
Lloyd W. "Fig" Newton (born December 24, 1942)[1] is a retired United States Air Force four-star general who served as Commander, Air Education and Training Command (COMAETC) from 1997 to 2000. He was also the first African-American pilot in the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.[2]
Newton was born in Ridgeland, South Carolina, where he graduated from Jasper High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in aviation education from Tennessee State University in Nashville, where he was commissioned as a distinguished graduate through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1966.
After completing pilot training at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona, in June 1967, he attended F-4D qualification training atGeorge Air Force Base, California. He flew 269 combat missions from Da Nang Air BaseSouth Vietnam, including 79 missions over North Vietnam. Newton was selected to join the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron, the Thunder birds, in November 1974. He held several positions including narrator, slot pilot and right wingman. From 1978 to 1982 he was assigned as an Air Force congressional liaison officer with the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. He has commanded three wings and an air division, and held numerous staff positions. From 1993 to 1995 he was director of operations, J-3, United States Special Operations Command. Newton was a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, F-4, F-15, F-16, C-12 and F-117 stealth fighter.
In 2000 Newton joined Pratt & Whitney as the Vice President of Business Development (Military Engines), a position that he held until 2006.
In 2008 Newton endorsed Barack Obama for President and appeared on stage at the Democratic National Convention atInvesco Field with other former military leaders to lend support to Obama's campaign.



  • June 1966 - June 1967, pilot training, Williams Air Force Base, Arizona
  • June 1967 - April 1968, F-4D qualification training, George Air Force Base, California
  • April 1968 - April 1969, F-4D pilot and systems operator, Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam
  • April 1969 - November 1969, F-4D upgrade qualification training, George Air Force Base, California
  • November 1969 - November 1973, F-4D pilot, 523rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Clark Air Base, Philippines
  • November 1973 - November 1974, F-4D flight instructor pilot, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona
  • November 1974 - February 1978, narrator and slot pilot, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
  • February 1978 - June 1978, student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia
  • June 1978 - December 1978, right wingman and narrator, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
  • December 1978 - February 1982, congressional liaison officer, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
  • February 1982 - June 1982, F-16 qualification training, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida
  • June 1982 - June 1983, assistant deputy commander for operations, 8th Tactical Fighter WingKunsan Air Base, South Korea
  • June 1983 - August 1984, assistant deputy commander for operations, 388th Tactical Fighter WingHill Air Force Base, Utah
  • August 1984 - August 1985, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
  • August 1985 - November 1986, assistant deputy director for operations and training, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • November 1986 - July 1988, assistant director of special projects, directorate of plans, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • July 1988 - May 1989, commander, 71st Air Base Group, Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma
  • May 1989 - May 1990, commander, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma
  • May 1990 - August 1991, commander, 12th Flying Training WingRandolph Air Force Base, Texas
  • August 1991 - November 1991, commander, 833rd Air DivisionHolloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
  • November 1991 - July 1993, commander, 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
  • July 1993 - May 1995, director of operations, J-3, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida
  • June 1995 - March 1997, assistant vice chief of staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • March 1997 - 2000, commander, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas

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