Major General Gregory "Beast" Feest received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1978. He has held a variety of flying assignments, including commander of operations and maintenance at one of only two operational F-117A Nighthawk squadrons. General Feest has also commanded the 479th Flying Training Group at Moody AFB, Ga., and the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia. He is a Command Pilot with over 5400 hours in myriad aircraft. "Beast" has the unique distinction of having dropped the first bombs in support of Operation JUST CAUSE, and Operation DESERT STORM. While a Major assigned to the 415th Tactical Fighter Wing, he was selected to lead the first Air Tasking Order that initiated the attacks of Operation DESERT STORM. His target was the Radar Intercept Operations Center (IOC) at Nukhayb, Iraq that linked Iraqi border radars to the Air Defense Headquarters located in Baghdad. While DESERT STORM was not the first operational use of the Nighthawk, this mission was distinctly different from JUST CAUSE. While Panama had had virtually no air defense, Iraq was considered one of the most heavily defended countries in history. On 17 Jan 1991, at 0251, Major Feest released a single GBU-27 on his target. The 2000 pound, laser-guided bomb penetrated deep into the Iraqi air defense network's Integrated Operations Center, severing command and control, and virtually blinded Iraqi leadership from the attacks that followed. Close on the heels of this attack, coalition air forces began mercilessly pounding countless Iraqi targets. Through the remainder of the Iraqi campaign, the F-117 would continue attacking the most difficult targets that required the highest degree of precision. Accounting for only 2.5 percent of fighter assets, the Nighthawk was credited with destroying a remarkable 31 percent of targets. Major Feest completed 39 combat missions against varying critical targets throughout the war. Surprisingly, despite flying some of the most dangerous missions of the war, the F-117s did not record single incident of battle damage. After DESERT STORM, General Feest went on to hold various positions such as senior military assistant to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C., and Deputy Director for Force Application, Directorate of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.. Major General Feest is currently the Commander of 19th Air Force, Randolph AFB, TX. He resides in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Bridget.
Major General Feest's distinguished Air Force career spans over 30 years. He is a command pilot with over 5400 flying hours that include 800 combat hours in operations Just Cause, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Major General Feest has the unique distinction of having dropped the first bombs in both operations Just Cause and Desert Storm. He is currently the Commander of 19th Air Force, Randolph AFB, TX. He resides in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Bridget.