Robin Rand

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Robin Rand
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General Robin Rand
Born 1955/1956 (age 61–62)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1979—present (38 years)
Rank US Air Force O10 shoulderboard rotated.svg General
Commands held Air Force Global Strike Command.svg Air Force Global Strike Command
Air Education and Training Command
12th Air Force
332nd Air Expeditionary Wing
56th Fighter Wing
8th Fighter Wing
USAF Weapons School
Awards Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star Medal

Robin Rand (born 1956) is a United States Air Force general and commander of Air Force Global Strike Command.[1] He also concurrently serves as the commander of Air Forces Strategic- Air, U.S. Strategic Command. His command provides combat-ready forces to conduct strategic nuclear deterrence and global strike operations in support of combatant commanders.[2] Ultimately, General Rand is responsible for the Nation's three intercontinental ballistic missile wings, the two B-52 wings, and the only B-2 wing with two B-1 wings and a weapon's storage complex to be added in FY16, approximately one-third of the nation's nuclear deterrent. [3] [4] Rand formerly served as the commander of Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He was responsible for the recruiting, training and education of Air Force personnel. His command included the Air Force Recruiting Service, a numbered air force, and Air University. AETC trains more than 293,000 students per year across 12 bases, with more than 67,900 active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilians and contractors, and 1,369 trainer, fighter, and mobility aircraft.[5] Rand was nominated for appointment to the grade of General on June 28, 2013,[6] and confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2013.[7] Rand assumed command of AETC from General Edward A. Rice on October 10, 2013.[8] In early 2015, Rand was nominated and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the first four star commander of the Global Strike Command.[9][10] He assumed command of Global Strike Command on July 28, 2015 and of Air Forces Strategic- Air on September 30, 2017.

Rand was commissioned in 1979 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Rand's previous commands include the 36th Fighter Squadron, USAF Weapons School, 8th Fighter Wing, 56th Fighter Wing, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Balad Air Base, Iraq, and prior to this assignment 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

Rand is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours, including more than 470 combat hours. He has primarily flown the F-16, T-38, and T-37.

Education

  • 1974 Graduated from Gen. William Mitchell High School, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • 1979 Bachelor of Science degree in aviation science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • 1982 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 1986 Air Command and Staff College, by seminar
  • 1988 Master of Science degree in aeronautical science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fla.
  • 1990 U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  • 1998 Master of Arts degree in national security policy, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.

Military assignments

  1. July 1979–July 1980, student pilot, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
  2. August 1980–December 1980, T-37 pilot, pilot instructor training, Randolph AFB, Texas
  3. January 1981–May 1984, T-37 instructor pilot, 82nd Flying Training Wing, Williams AFB, Ariz.
  4. May 1984–July 1984, AT-38 pilot, fighter lead-in training, Holloman AFB, N.M.
  5. August 1984–January 1985, F-16 pilot, F-16 training, 63rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, MacDill AFB, Fla.
  6. February 1985–December 1986, F-16 pilot, 612th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Torrejon AB, Spain
  7. December 1986–June 1988, air liaison officer, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armor Division, Bamberg, West Germany
  8. July 1988–October 1988, F-16 pilot, F-16 training, 311th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
  9. October 1988–December 1989, F-16 flight examiner, 432nd Tactical Fighter Wing, Misawa AB, Japan
  10. January 1990–April 1990, F-16 pilot, USAF Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  11. April 1990–July 1992, F-16 weapons officer, 13th Fighter Squadron; and weapons and tactics flight commander, 432nd Operations Support Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan
  12. August 1992–September 1994, F-16 operations officer, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  13. September 1994–July 1997, operations officer and Commander, 36th Fighter Squadron, Osan AB, South Korea
  14. August 1997–June 1998, student, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
  15. June 1998–May 2000, policy planner, Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. (Joint assignment)
  16. May 2000–March 2001, Deputy Commander, 56th Operations Group, Luke AFB, Ariz.
  17. April 2001–April 2003, Commandant, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  18. May 2003–May 2004, Commander, 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan AB, South Korea
  19. June 2004–June 2006, Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz.
  20. July 2006–July 2007, Commander, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad AB, Iraq (Joint assignment)
  21. August 2007–August 2009, Principal Director for Middle East Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. (Joint assignment)
  22. August 2009–November 2011, Director, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force; and Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  23. December 2011–September 2013, Commander, 12th Air Force, Air Combat Command, and Commander, Air Forces Southern, U.S. Southern Command, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. (Joint assignment)
  24. October 2013–March 2015, Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
  25. March 2015–September 2017, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command
  26. September 2017-present, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, and Commander, Air Forces Strategic- Air, U.S. Strategic Command, Barksdale AFB, La.


Summary of Joint Assignments

  1. June 1998 - May 2000, policy planner, Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant colonel
  2. July 2006 - July 2007, Commander, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad AB, Iraq, as a brigadier general
  3. August 2007 - August 2009, Principal Director for Middle East Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a brigadier general and major general
  4. December 2011 - September 2013, Commander, Air Forces Southern, U.S. Southern Command, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., as a lieutenant general

Awards and decorations

General Rand's awards and decorations are as follows:[5]

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.png Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Headquarters US Air Force Badge.png Headquarters Air Force Badge
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edgesBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges. Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Meritorious Service Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgSilver oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Combat Readiness Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze star
Bronze star
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
National Defense Service Medal with two bronze service stars
Bronze star
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg Korea Defense Service Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold frame
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgSilver oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Training Ribbon
Sam IL Security Medal Ribbon.png Order of National Security Merit Sam-Il Medal (Republic of Korea)
COL Gran Cruz de la Fuerza Aerea al Merito Aeronautico cinta.png Grand Cross of the Air Force Cross of Aeronautical Merit (Colombia)
BRA Ordem do Mérito Aeronáutico Grande Oficial.png Grand Officer of the Order of Aeronautical Merit (Brazil)
  • 2007 Joseph A. Moller Trophy, Air Combat Command's Outstanding Wing Commander.[5]

Effective dates of promotion

Promotions
Insignia Rank Date
US-O10 insignia.svg General October 10, 2013
US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General Sept. 1, 2011
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General June 1, 2009
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General January 1, 2006
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel February 1, 2001
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel February 1, 1995
US-O4 insignia.svg Major July 1, 1990
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain May 30, 1983
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant May 30, 1981
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant May 30, 1979

References

  1. ^ DAVE MARTINEZ (19 November 2013). "Local Air Force man named four-star general". Herald and News. 
  2. ^ AFGSC units page
  3. ^ AIR FORCE GLOBAL STRIKE COMMAND
  4. ^ Rand takes command of AFGSC
  5. ^ a b c "GENERAL ROBIN RAND > U.S. Air Force > Biography Display". Af.mil. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ "General officer nominations, assignments announced | Air Force Times". airforcetimes.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Rand Approved as AETC Commander". Airforcemag.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ Christenson, Sig. "Rice retires in Randolph ceremony - San Antonio Express-News". Mysanantonio.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ Brian Everstine, Staff writer (26 February 2015). "Rand nominated to be first four-star Global Strike chief". Air Force Times. 
  10. ^ Brian Everstine, Staff writer (30 March 2015). "Rand confirmed as first 4-star to lead Global Strike Command". Air Force Times. 
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