Josephus Asa Briggs, Jr. – Colonel, United States Air Force

Josephus A. Briggs, Jr., a retired Air Force Colonel,  60, who was head of the office of the Organization of JCS, died July 4, 1985 at Bethesda Naval Hospital of complications following surgery for a brain tumor last November.

He retired from the Air Force in 1978 after a military career of more than 30 years. As head of the office of the Organization of JCS for three years before his ret, he had worked on the annual development of the national military strategy plan and on long-range strategic studies. A native of Oakland, California, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1943. Was discharged after World War II and attended Georgetown University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in government.

In 1948 he joined USAF and was a pilot. During the course of his career he served in Thailand and Taiwan and at posts in Washington, DC, including the office of the Secretary of Defense and Air Force headquarters. In 1969, while serving in Vietnam, he bailed out of his plane and escaped to safety after the aircraft was struck by enemy fire. He also survived the crash of a Black Widow fighter on a training mission in 1943. He attended the National War College and the senior seminar of the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. For the last two years he had been vice president of the National Institute for Public Policy, a government and industry consulting organization.

He is survived by his wife, Danielle Martin Briggs of Reston; his father, retired Rear Admiral Josephus A. Briggs, Sr., of Virginia Beach, and a brother, Robert Plane Briggs.

He was buried with full military honors in Section 8 of Arlington National Cemetery.


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