Commander, 19th Air Force to speak at Class 19-07 graduation

Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Doherty

Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Doherty, commander, 19th Air Force, will be the speaker today when Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 19-07 graduates 24 junior officers at 10 a.m. in the Vance Air Force Base Auditorium.

The 19th Air Force is composed of more than 36,000 personnel and 1,608 aircraft assigned to 17 wings located across the U.S. Doherty oversees more than 45 percent of the Air Force’s annual flying hour program that trains more than 32,000 U.S. and allied aircrew annually flying 28 different types of aircraft.

Doherty entered the Air Force in 1988 through the Air Force ROTC program at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. He initially served as a B-52 navigator, then attended undergraduate pilot training at Vance Air Force Base and transitioned to become an F-15E pilot. He has served in four combat flying deployments and two remote staff, command and control tours.

Doherty has commanded a training unit fighter squadron, a fighter wing, a maintenance and logistics technical training wing and led force development as the Director of Assignments and served as the Director of Air Force Services, Headquarters Air Force.

General Doherty is a command pilot with more than 3,900 flying hours, including 339 combat hours.