DISTINGUISHED COMANCHE OF THE YEAR
Brigadier General (Retired) Jonathan D. George
United States Air Force 1980-2011
Of the 1,241 known Comanches that have served in the Armed Forces of the United States Jonathan George is the only Comanche to earn General Officer status (as a Brigadier General) and to serve on active duty for thirty years. In addition, he is one of twenty-four Comanches to be decorated for heroism as he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions on 24 May 1986 while participating in aerial flight as a U-2 pilot at a forward operation location while serving with the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing.
He is the great-great grandson of Quanah and Weckeah Parker. His mother is Patricia Goodin Craig. Former Comanche Nation Chairman, the late James Cox, is his great uncle. As a youngster in the Lawton area, Jonathan attended Whittier and Washington elementary schools and the Comanche Reformed Church. Most recently he was the keynote speaker for the dedication of the Comanche Code Talker Memorial in September 2003.
Jonathan enlisted in the Air Force in 1980 and after completing Officer Training School was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1981. His military experiences include U-2 missions over 70,000 feet – once through the Aurora Borealis over the Arctic Circle, supersonic dashes while flying the B-1 bomber at “treetop” heights, and commanding the longest aircraft sorties in aviation history – America’s military response against terrorists entrenched throughout Afghanistan with 44-hour B-2 Stealth Bomber flights from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.
A few of his many assignments include the White House working for three US Presidents; Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Barack Obama; with the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, Energy and State; as the Commander of three different Air Wings, and as the Deputy Commanding General of the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) training forces in Afghanistan.
Jonathan’s many awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, and the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy and education from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University.
Jonathan is the founder of Comanche Star Group, a leadership development team consisting of a small number of professionals that assist business and government organizations in improving measurable performance. In addition to consulting he is also the managing partner of a grain, cattle, and timber farm in Lawrence Country, Indiana.
Jonathan is currently a special advisor for the US Strategic Command’s Strategic Advisory Group, the Science, Technology and Transformation Panel and the Bomber Task force.
He and his wife, the former Kelly Faubion, have three adult children that are enrolled members of the Nation. They live on a farm in Bedford, Indiana.