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Release No: 672-97
December 11, 1997


Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has announced the designation of Maj. Gen. John J. Batbie Jr. as the Air Force Reserve member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board effective Dec. 1, 1997. Batbie currently serves as director of Plans, Headquarters, Air Force Reserve.

The 24-member 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's military career spans more than 31 years in both the active Army and Air Force Reserve. His career began as an armor officer and helicopter pilot before joining the USAFR in 1972. In 1983 he was the first Air Force Reserve officer to be assigned to Europe as a Reserve statutory tour officer. He coordinated reserve affairs in both the plans and operations directorates and served as negotiator for the establishment of collocated operating bases in Greece and Turkey. He has held a number of supervisory and command positions including assistant director of operations, squadron commander, group commander and wing commander.

Batbie holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Arizona State University at Tempe as well as an master's in business administration from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, La. He has also completed numerous military schools including Air Command and Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Batbie holds more than two dozen military awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with 20 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, Combat Readiness Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

Batbie and his wife, Patriccia, have three daughters; Cristiane, Catharine and Brittany.

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