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,
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.