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Release No: 629-95
November 30, 1995


Secretary of Defense William J. Perry has announced the designation of Air Force Maj. Gen. David W. McIlvoy as a member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board, effective November 13, 1995. McIlvoy currently serves as deputy director for politico-military affairs, J-5, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

The 24-member Reserve Forces Policy Board was created by Congress in 1952. Acting through the assistant secretary of Defense for reserve affairs, the board serves as the principal policy advisor to the secretary of Defense on reserve component matters. Members include the assistant secretary responsible for Reserve Affairs from each of the military departments, and active and reserve component general and flag officers representing all Services, including the Coast Guard.

The general was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps Program, University of Illinois, and entered the Air Force in June 1966. He earned his wings in July 1967 at Reese Air Force Base, Texas. His aviation career includes more than 5,000 flying hours in B-52, B-1, KC-135 and KC-10 aircraft, and B-52 combat missions over North Vietnam during the Hanoi and Haiphong raids of 1972. He has commanded a B-52 squadron, a B-52/KC-10/KC-135 group and two bomber wings. His staff tours include duty as an action officer in the strategic plans division of the Air Staff, deputy for rated assignments at headquarters Air Force Military Personnel Center, military assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force and deputy director for international negotiations, J-5, the Joint Staff.

McIlvoy's decorations include the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, and Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters.

McIlvoy and his wife, Leanna, are both from Illinois. They have a daughter, Melissa, and a son, Keith.

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