About The Author.

Colonel James A. Danielik is a Command Pilot with over 6,000 flying hours. He was a MacKay Trophy nominee for Bright Star 83, the longest non-stop C-141 airdrop mission ever flown. He received the Humanitarian Service Medal for Operation New Life, the airlift of Vietnamese refugees, Air Force Commendation Medal for Operation Urgent Fury, the rescue mission in Grenada and the South West Asia Medal for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Other decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal.

Born 4 August 1949 in Queens, New York. James Danielik received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma in 1973 and was commissioned through OTS in the same year. After graduating from UPT at Webb AFB, Texas in 1974, he was assigned to the 53rd MAS at Norton, AFB, CA to fly the C-141. He was the only lieutenant to upgrade to Aircraft Commander in the squadron and attained every qualification in the C-141 to include Flight Examiner and SOLL II (Special Operations Low Level).

When SOLL II was consolidated at Charleston AFB, SC in 1983, Colonel Danielik transferred to the 41st MAS, where he was Command Post Duty Controller and Wing Tactics Planner. While there, he received his Masters degree in Management from Webster University.

In 1985, Col. Danielik was selected for the Air Force Command and Control Element at Ft. Bragg, NC. where he became Chief, Strategic Plans Branch, Joint Special Operations Command. During his joint assignment, Colonel Danielik earned Army static line and Navy free fall jump wings and completed jungle survival training in Guatemala with Army Special Forces.

In August, 1990, he returned to Charleston AFB and was designated Chief Pilot of 77 pilots for the 76th Airlift Squadron during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He became Assistant Operations Officer during the critical transition from wartime to peacetime operations and in January 1992, became Operations Officer of the 76th ALS.

Col. Danielik assumed command of the 437th Airlift Control Squadron in August 1992. His command tour included three real world contingencies; Operation Provide Relief, Restore Hope and Continued Hope in support of the humanitarian relief effort to Somalia. He commanded in the field for seven months of his one-year command tour.

Col. Danielik was then assigned as the Deputy Director of Operations at Special Operations Command Central Located at MacDill AFB, FL in August 1993.

Given Vice-Command of AFSOC ASOS, Col. Danielik returned to Fort Bragg, NC on 1 July 96. After nine months, Colonel Danielik became the Joint Special Operations Command Director of Logistics. Colonel Danielik then became Commander, Aviation Tactics Evaluation Group (Provisional) on 1 July 1998. There he engineered the conversion of the Air Force squadron into a joint unit.

Colonel Danielik retired 1 Oct 2000 and joined the private sector, presently as an Airbus First Officer for Federal Express, based at its AsiaOne Facility, Subic Bay Freeport, Philippines.