Air Forces in Europe and the Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force
, was promoted to general in September, and led the way toward establishing the integrated air headquarters in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Central Region, Allied Air Forces Central Europe.
In 1975 he was promoted to major-general to be chief of staff at TWO ATAF (Allied Tactical Air Force
), and, in 1977, he was appointed commander of Allied Air Forces Baltic Approaches (BALTAP) in Denmark.
He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding service as a noncommissioned officer in charge of the personal division to the 6th Allied Tactical Air Force
from 1968 to 1969.
For example, a detailed discussion of the relationship between NATO's 2nd Allied Tactical Air Force
(ATAF) and 4th ATAF is virtually useless without supporting maps.
By the direction of the President he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding service as Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the personal division to the Sixth Allied Tactical Air Force
during the period of 1968-69.
He assumed command of USAFE and the Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force
in August and was promoted to general in September.
He also served as an operations officer on the Army General Staff and in the Joint Headquarters of Central Army Group and the 4th Allied Tactical Air Force
at NATO in Heidelberg, Germany.
In November 1953, General Lee was assigned to command the Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force
and the Twelfth U.S.
Air Forces in Europe) and the Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force
at Wiesbaden, Germany.
Not only were the Germans unable to bring a critical mass together to attack the rapidly building Allied armies, but also stranding these forces on sabotaged French roads, bridges, and railroads made them prey to the overpowering Allied tactical air forces
Sir John was responsible for many major agreements on planning and operational issues and was noted for his authoritative, but genial, approach to the great many detailed and difficult situations he faced - not least the sometimes opposing stances of Allied Tactical Air Forces
commanded by the British and the Americans.