Colonel John A. Warden III, US Air Force, is Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Operations, Headquarters, United States Air Force. Before returning to Washington, he was Commander of the 36th Tactical Fighter Wing, Bitburg Air Base, Germany. He earned the BS degree at the United States Air Force Academy, and an MA degree from Texas Tech University. He did the research for and wrote this book while he was a student at the National War College.
Colonel Warden has served in a variety of assignments that have given him an opportunity to take part in air operations and planning, from the unit level to the Air Staff. While a member of the Air Staff, he helped shape American plans for the Persian Gulf and helped lay the basis for Central Command. After duty on the Air Staff, Colonel Warden flew F-15s at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and then flew F-4s at Moody AFB, Georgia. In both of these units, which were subordinate to Ninth Air Force, the air component of Central Command, he organized, directed, and flew long-range missions involving a variety of combat and support aircraft. He also has commanded a US Air Force unit on a European base jointly used by four North Atlantic Treaty Organization nations.
Colonel Warden flew 266 combat missions as an OV-10 forward air controller in Southeast Asia. He has more than 3,000 hours of flying time.