Bachelor of Science in Communications, Kent State University, 1957. Master of Science in International Affairs, George Washington University, 1974. Graduate, National War College, 1974.
Second in command Lieutenant, United States Air Force, 1959; advanced through grades to general, United States Air Force, 1989; commander, 4th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Da Nang, Vietnam, 1970; commandant, United States Air Force Academy, 1974-1977; vice commander, commander 97th Bombardment Wing, Blytheville Air Force Base, Arizona, 1977-1979; commander 93d Bombardment Wing, Castle Air Force Base, Texas, 1979-1980; special assistant for M-X Matters,, Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington, 1980-1982; director Legislation Liaison, Headquarters, Washington, 1982-1984; deputy chief of staff for plans SAC, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, 1984-1987; commander Eighth Air Force, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, 1987-1988; deputy chief of staff, programs and resources, Headquarters, Washington, 1988-1989; deputy commander-in-chief, Headquarters United States European Command, Stuttgart, Federal Republic of Germany., since 1989; Olin professor national security, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado.
Board directors Falcon Foundation. Member world board directors United Service Organizations. Member Defense Policy Board, Defense Science Board.
Task force co-chairman, regional vice chairman Academy Foundation. Member Air Force Association, United Service Organizations in Germany (president), Council on Foreign Relations, Red River Valley Association, Army and Air Force Mutual Aid Association (counselor), German/American Men's Club, Rotary, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Married Alice Marie Gardner, October 10, 1959. Children: Kathleen McCarthy Holland, Susan McCarthy Majzun, Michael James, Mark Patrick, Ann Elizabeth.