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Robin Rand Wikipedia
Robin Rand (born 1956) is a United States Air Force General and commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. His command provides combat-ready forces to conduct strategic nuclear deterrence and global strike operations in support of combatant commanders. 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. 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. Rand was nominated for appointment to the grade of General on June 28, 2013, and confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2013. Rand assumed command of AETC from General Edward A. Rice on October 10, 2013. In early 2015, Rand was nominated and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the first four star commander of the Global Strike Command. He assumed his current assignment on July 28, 2015.
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.
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 seminar1988 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.
- July 1979–July 1980, student pilot, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
- August 1980–December 1980, T-37 pilot, pilot instructor training, Randolph AFB, Texas
- January 1981–May 1984, T-37 instructor pilot, 82nd Flying Training Wing, Williams AFB, Ariz.
- May 1984–July 1984, AT-38 pilot, fighter lead-in training, Holloman AFB, N.M.
- August 1984–January 1985, F-16 pilot, F-16 training, 63rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, MacDill AFB, Fla.
- February 1985–December 1986, F-16 pilot, 612th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Torrejon AB, Spain
- December 1986–June 1988, air liaison officer, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armor Division, Bamberg, West Germany
- July 1988–October 1988, F-16 pilot, F-16 training, 311th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
- October 1988–December 1989, F-16 flight examiner, 432nd Tactical Fighter Wing, Misawa AB, Japan
- January 1990–April 1990, F-16 pilot, USAF Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
- April 1990–July 1992, F-16 weapons officer, 13th Fighter Squadron; and weapons and tactics flight commander, 432nd Operations Support Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan
- August 1992–September 1994, F-16 operations officer, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
- September 1994–July 1997, operations officer and Commander, 36th Fighter Squadron, Osan AB, South Korea
- August 1997–June 1998, student, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
- June 1998–May 2000, policy planner, Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), Joint Staff, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C. (Joint assignment)
- May 2000–March 2001, Deputy Commander, 56th Operations Group, Luke AFB, Ariz.
- April 2001–April 2003, Commandant, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
- May 2003–May 2004, Commander, 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan AB, South Korea
- June 2004–June 2006, Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz.
- July 2006–July 2007, Commander, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad AB, Iraq (Joint assignment)
- August 2007–August 2009, Principal Director for Middle East Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. (Joint assignment)
- 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.
- 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)
- October 2013–March 2015, Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
- March 2015–present, Commander of US Air Force Global Strike Command
- Presently in Syria for a Peace Keeping mission.
- June 1998 - May 2000, policy planner, Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant Colonel
- July 2006 - July 2007, Commander, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad AB, Iraq, as a Brigadier General
- 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
- December 2011 - September 2013, Commander, Air Forces Southern, U.S. Southern Command, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., as a Lieutenant General
General Rand's awards and decorations are as follows:2007 Joseph A. Moller Trophy, Air Combat Command's Outstanding Wing Commander.