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Lt. Gen. Robert J. "Bob" Elder Jr

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Lt. Gen. Robert J. "Bob" Elder Jr. is Commander, 8th Air Force, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike and Integration, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb. He also commands the Air Force warfighting component headquarters to USSTRATCOM for Global Strike, the Bomber and Reconnaissance Task Force 204, and the Air Force service component to Joint Task Force Global Network Operations. Eighth Air Force is one of three active-duty numbered air forces in Air Combat Command. The "Mighty Eighth" provides long-range global strike, network warfare, battle management, surveillance and reconnaissance, intelligence, electronic combat, tactical air control, and expeditionary heavy construction capabilities to theater combatant commanders. Eighth Air Force is also responsible for operation and security of the Air Force computer enterprise network. The Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike and Integration serves as the lead integrator for USSTRATCOM deliberate and crisis action planning, conducts global strike planning to deliver rapid, kinetic and non-kinetic effects in support of theater and national objectives, and provides situational awareness and integrated analysis of STRATCOM's global mission capabilities. These include global strike, space, integrated missile defense, network warfare, information operations, countering weapons of mass destruction, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations. Task Force 204 is responsible for monitoring all nuclear bomber, reconnaissance, and cruise missile generation operations for more than 100 B-2, B-52, U-2, RC-135 and U.S. Navy EP-3 aircraft.

General Elder's staff experience includes senior leadership positions with the Joint Staff, Air Staff, Air Combat Command and NATO. He has commanded an operational wing, group, squadron and installation, and commanded unit deployments to the U.S. Central Command, U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. European Command areas of responsibility. Other assignments include Commander, CENTAF-Forward Combined Air Headquarters in Southwest Asia, where he was responsible for operation of the Combined Air Operations Center and served as the CENTCOM Deputy Combined Forces Air Component Commander for operations in Southwest Asia, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa. He was the Deputy CENTCOM Air Force Commander for operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Prior to his current assignment, he was Commandant of the Air War College.

General Elder is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours, including 83 combat hours flown in operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He holds a doctorate in engineering from the University of Detroit.

EDUCATION
1975 Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, University of Detroit, Mich.
1975 Master's degree in engineering, University of Detroit, Mich.
1979 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1985 Doctor of Engineering, University of Detroit, Mich.
1987 Distinguished graduate, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1989 Air War College, by seminar
1991 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1997 Senior Executive Program, Columbia University Graduate School of Business, New York, N.Y.
2001 Senior Executive Course, George C. Marshall College of International and Security Studies, Garmisch, Germany
2002 Combined Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 Systems Acquisition Management for General/Flag Officers Course, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2006 Pinnacle Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. May 1976 - May 1977, student, undergraduate pilot training, Reese AFB, Texas
2. May 1977 - November 1977, student, B-52G combat crew training, Castle AFB, Calif.
3. November 1977 - December 1980, B-52G co-pilot, 28th Bombardment Squadron, Robins AFB, Ga.
4. December 1980 - October 1982, Program Manager, F-15 Avionics Integration Support Facility, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins AFB, Ga.
5. October 1982 - April 1983, Global Positioning System Program officer, Air Staff Training Program, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
6. April 1983 - September 1983, Requirements Program officer, Air Staff Training Program, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
7. September 1983 - April 1984, student, B-52G combat crew training, Castle AFB, Calif.
8. April 1984 - August 1985, B-52G flight commander, later, instructor pilot, 69th Bombardment Squadron, Loring AFB, Maine
9. August 1985 - August 1986, Chief, B-52 Standardization and Evaluation Branch, later, Chief, 42nd Bombardment Wing, Standardization and Evaluation Division, Loring AFB, Maine
10. August 1986 - June 1987, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
11. June 1987 - September 1988, executive officer to the Commander, Headquarters 8th Air Force, Barksdale AFB, La.
12. September 1988 - July 1990, Commander, 596th Bombardment Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
13. July 1990 - June 1991, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
14. June 1991 - July 1993, Chief, Strategic and Space Forces Branch, later, Chief, Forces Division, Directorate for Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
15. July 1993 - December 1994, Commander, 5th Operations Group, Minot AFB, N.D.
16. December 1994 - August 1996, Director, Chief of Staff Operations Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
17. August 1996 - July 1998, Commander, 5th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB, N.D.
18. July 1998 - April 2000, Assistant Director of Aerospace Operations, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
19. April 2000 - September 2001, Deputy Director, NATO Reaction Force Air Staff, Allied Command Europe, Kalkar, Germany
20. October 2001 - June 2003, Vice Commander, 9th Air Force, and Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command Air Forces, Shaw AFB, S.C.
21. June 2003 - July 2004, Commander, CENTAF-Forward Combined Air Headquarters; Deputy Commander, 9th Aerospace Expeditionary Task Force; and Deputy Combined Forces Air Component Commander, USCENTCOM, Southwest Asia
22. July 2004 - June 2006, Commandant, Air War College, and Vice Commander, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
23. June 2006 - present, Commander, 8th Air Force, Barksdale AFB, La., and Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike and Integration, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,000
Aircraft flown: E-8C, B-52, T-38 and T-37

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal

PUBLICATIONS
"Non-Invasive Assessment of Pilot Workload with Flight Computer Generated Primary Measures," doctoral dissertation, University Microfilm International, 1985
"A Strategic Approach to Advanced Technology Trade with the Soviet Union," Comparative Strategy, January-March 1992

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 10, 1975
First Lieutenant Dec. 4, 1977
Captain Dec. 1, 1979
Major Aug. 1, 1984
Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 1988
Colonel Jan. 1, 1992
Brigadier General Jan. 1, 2000
Major General Oct. 1, 2003
Lieutenant General June 13, 2006

(Current as of November 2006)