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Lieutenant General Andrew “Sparky” Croft serves as the Military Deputy Commander of U.S. Southern Command in Doral, Florida. After graduating from Menlo-Atherton High School in California in 1984, he attended the University of California, Los Angeles and participated in the Reserve Officer Training Corps Program. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1988 with a military commission and a degree in history. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Commander of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Commander at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.
General Croft has served on the Joint Staff and in multiple joint assignments where his duties have included Deputy Commanding General of combined Air Forces during Operation Inherent Resolve; Deputy Director of the Joint Air Component coordination Element during Operation Inherent Resolve; Vice Director of Operations at North American Aerospace Defense Command; and Strategic Planner in the Joint Staff Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy.
General Croft is a command pilot with more than 3,100 flight hours, including more than 300 combat hours, primarily on the F-15 airframe. He has flight time in the A-10, MQ-1B, T-6A, F-15C, T-37B, and T-38A aircrafts and instructed on the F-15C. He has flown missions supporting OPERATION NORTHERN WATCH and SOUTHERN WATCH over Iraq and has commanded operations units at the squadron, group, and wing levels.
His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster.
Current as of February 2021