Mackmull, Jack Vincent, LTG

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Lieutenant General
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00GC-Commanding General
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1981-1984, 00GC, XVIII Airborne Corps
Service Years
1950 - 1984


Lieutenant General

Six Overseas Service Bars

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Apr 03, 2011
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Infantry Shoulder Cord Army Staff Identification US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

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Few Army Aviators have had the variety of important aviation assignments throughout a career as Lieutenant General Jack V. Mackmull. While Chief of the AWO Branch during the early days of the Vietnam War, he managed the greatest expansion in the history of the Branch. Recognizing that Aviation Warrant Officers had no definite career program, he personally wrote the forerunner of today's Aviation Warrant Officer career program.

He had three combat aviation tours in Vietnam, first commanding the 13th CAB in 1964, then one of only three aviation battalions in USARV. On his second tour, he commanded the 164th CAG that included all aviation in the Mekong Delta and effectively integrated Air Cavalry, airmobile, and attack helicopters and aviation logistics in all combat operations.

In 1972, he returned to USARV for a third tour to command the 1st Aviation Brigade that encompassed all Army Aviation in Vietnam. He effectively managed the draw-down of all aviation units and equipment without incident--a retrograde movement of some 15,000 men and more than 1,000 aircraft--without stopping aviation combat operations.

As Deputy Commanding General of AVSCOM, he participated in the source selection of the Black Hawk and Apache, and designed and implemented "Systems Management" which is used today. As the Commanding General of the JFK Special Warfare Center he established the original requirement for Aviation and Tiltrotor Support of Special Operations Forces, and helped to organize the Delta Force and Special Operations Aviation.

As Assistant Division Commander, and later as Commanding General of the 101st Air Assault Division, Lieutenant General Mackmull designed and implemented the Combat Aviation Management System, several FM's on "Air Assault Operations" and preselected aviation battle drills. While at Fort Campbell, he organized Task Force 160, a major innovation.

In 1982, Lieutenant General Mackmull chaired the Tactical Employment Committee at the Army Aviation Review. This committee's actions led to the establishment of the Army Aviation Branch and recognition of the requirement for helicopter air-to-air combat. He completed his career as Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps.

This highly decorated and respected Combat Infantryman, Special Forces Officer, and Master Parachutist has been called "Mr. Aviation" by the Chief of Staff and FORSCOM and TRADOC Commanders and considered his greatest award to be Master Army Aviator.
On 25 October 1983, U.S. Forces were ordered to Grenada to rescue Americans. Over 100 Army women participated. Grenada was the first American armed conflict where women were allowed to fly helicopters. Women also served as MP, intelligence officers, mechanics and logistics specialists, and one even served as the crew chief on a Blackhawk medical evacuation helicopter.

Four women military police officers were in Grenada just after the U.S. Invasion, but were promptly sent back to their base at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, when the 82d Airborne Division Commander became aware of the their presence. They were returned a day-and-a-half later by the Commander of the XVIII Airborne Corps, LTG Jack Mackmull, an avid supporter of women troops. The first combat support unit with women soldiers arrived five days after the 25 October assault.

Experience in Grenada led to study in all of the services concerning risks that new roles posed for women. In 1988, the Secretary of Defense issued the Standard Risk Rule that required evaluation of the chances of direct exposure to hostile fire or capture when deciding when an assignment should be open to women.

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Aviator Badge (Master)
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 Unit Assignments
13th Aviation Battalion164th Aviation GroupMilitary Assistance Command Vietnam MACVDepartment of the Army (DA)
1st Aviation Brigade101st Airborne Division XVIII Airborne CorpsUS Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
  1964-1965, 1981, 13th Aviation Battalion
  1968-1969, 1981, 164th Aviation Group
  1969-1969, 2010, Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1970-1970, 2025, Department of the Army (DA)
  1972-1973, 00GC, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1974-1976, 00GD, 101st Airborne Division
  1976-1977, 2010, XVIII Airborne Corps
  1977-1980, 00GC, US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
  1980-1981, 00GC, 101st Airborne Division
  1981-1984, 00GC, XVIII Airborne Corps
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1962-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1972-1973 Vietnam War/Cease-Fire Campaign (1972-73)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1946-1950, United States Military Academy
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