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Allegiance  South Africa
Name  James Kriel
Rank  Lieutenant General
Years of service  1959 - 1996

James Kriel
Born  8 March 1942 (age 73) Cape Town (1942-03-08)
Commands held  Chief of the Air Force OC AFB Ysterplaat OC 35 Squadron SAAF
Awards  Star of South Africa, Silver (SSAS) Southern Cross Decoration (SD) Southern Cross Medal (SM) Military Merit Medal (MMM) Pro Patria Medal Southern Africa Medal General Service Medal Unitas Medal Good Service Medal, Gold (30 Years) Good Service Medal, Silver (20 Years) Good Service Medal, Bronze (10 Years)

Service/branch  South African Air Force

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Lieutenant-General James Kriel (8 March 1942 – 18 July 2016) was a South African military commander. He joined the South African Air Force in 1959.

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He attended Tygerberg High before doing a pilot course in 1959.

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He served as OC 35 Squadron SAAF at AFB Ysterplaat from 1974 to 1977, flying the Avro Shackleton

He later served as Officer Commanding AFB Ysterplaat as a colonel before being transferred to Headquarters in the role of director air planning as a brigadier.

He was promoted to Chief of Air staff operations as a major general in 1986, followed by Chief of Air Force staff till 1991, when he was promoted to lieutenant general and appointed Chief of the Air Force.

Kriel died on 18 July 2016 at the age of 74.

Honours and awards

He was awarded the Order of the Star of South Africa (Silver) in 1994.

  • Star of South Africa, Silver (SSAS)
  • Southern Cross Decoration (SD)
  • Southern Cross Medal (SM)
  • Military Merit Medal (MMM)
  • Pro Patria Medal
  • Southern Africa Medal
  • General Service Medal
  • Unitas Medal
  • Good Service Medal, Gold (30 Years)
  • Good Service Medal, Silver (20 Years)
  • Good Service Medal, Bronze (10 Years)
  • References

    James Kriel Wikipedia


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