|Lt. Gen. Robert J. "Bob" Elder Jr
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
1975 Bachelor's degree in
electrical engineering, University of Detroit, Mich.
Master's degree in engineering, University of Detroit, Mich.
Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1985 Doctor of
Engineering, University of Detroit, Mich.
graduate, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
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,
2001 Senior Executive Course, George C. Marshall College of
International and Security Studies, Garmisch, Germany
Combined Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB,
2005 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB,
2005 Systems Acquisition Management for General/Flag
Officers Course, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2006 Pinnacle Course, National
Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington,
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,
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.
1982 - April 1983, Global Positioning System Program officer, Air
Staff Training Program, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington,
6. April 1983 - September 1983, Requirements Program
officer, Air Staff Training Program, Headquarters U.S. Air Force,
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.
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 hours: More than 4,000
Aircraft flown: E-8C,
B-52, T-38 and T-37
MAJOR AWARDS AND
Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Assessment of Pilot Workload with Flight Computer Generated Primary
Measures," doctoral dissertation, University Microfilm
"A Strategic Approach to Advanced Technology
Trade with the Soviet Union," Comparative Strategy, January-March
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
May 10, 1975
First Lieutenant Dec. 4, 1977
Captain Dec. 1,
Major Aug. 1, 1984
Lieutenant Colonel July 1,
Colonel Jan. 1, 1992
Brigadier General Jan. 1,
Major General Oct. 1, 2003
Lieutenant General June 13,
(Current as of November