Eric W. Vollmecke
||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1982 - present (36 years)|
Major General Eric W. Vollmecke is Air National Guard Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, United States Air Forces in Europe/Air Forces Africa. He was formerly the Assistant Adjutant General - Air, West Virginia National Guard, Charleston, West Virginia.
The West Virginia Air National Guard has over 2,200 members and consists of two flying units, the 130th Airlift Wing in Charleston, West Virginia and the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Additionally, he supervises the State Command Staff and advises the Adjutant General on matters relating to the West Virginia Air National Guard. Effective 1 August 2009, General Vollmecke was selected for the dual-hat additional duty as (A5), Assistant to the Director, Air National Guard.
General Vollmecke entered the Air Force as a communications officer where he later served at Headquarters, United States Air Force Staff leading system development initiatives on the Worldwide Military Command and Control System. He has maintained his communications background through his civilian occupation and recently completed the Chief Information Officer Executive Education Program at Oxford University, United Kingdom.
In 1987, he joined the West Virginia Air National Guard and was selected to attend pilot training. Since then, he has risen from C-130 mission pilot through flight commander, squadron commander, director of operations and wing commander to his present position, while also balancing a corporate career. During his tenure as wing commander, he oversaw an enormous program to transform the base and transition its personnel from the tactical to the strategic airlift mission. Highlights of his career include a reserve officer exchange tour, during which he flew operational missions with the Royal Air Force in Africa. General Vollmecke has flown combat missions in Panama, Desert Shield/Storm, Bosnia, Kosovo, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. After 11 September 2001, he led the 167th Airlift Wing on two deployments supporting combat operations for Operation Enduring Freedom. During initial stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he served as Chief of Staff for the Director of Mobility Forces for United States Central Command in the Combined Air Operations Center. In 2005, he was selected to command the 451st Air Expeditionary Group at Kandahar Airbase, Afghanistan.
Civilian occupation and professional affiliations
General Vollmecke serves as the Managing Director for North American Operations for a medical device manufacturer. He is responsible for building the company’s partnerships and alliances for new joint ventures throughout the world. Additionally, he leads the company’s global research and product development strategy working closely with the company’s major manufacturing facilities in Germany and China.
Professional affiliations include membership in the National Guard Association of West Virginia, the National Guard Association of the United States and the Association of Information Technology Professionals.
- 1982 The Citadel, Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics, Charleston, South Carolina
- 1988 George Washington University, Master of Business Administration, Washington, D.C.
- 2000 Air War College, by correspondence
- 2010 George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Senior Executive Seminar, Garmisch, Germany
- 2011 CAPSTONE General and Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
- Nov 1982 – Apr 1983, Student, Computer Systems Development Training, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi
- Apr 1983 – Apr 1984, Computer Systems Planning Officer, Air Force Data Services Center, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
- Apr 1984 – Oct 1984, Computer Systems Planning Officer, 1st Information Systems Group, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
- Oct 1984 – Apr 1985, Command and Control Programming Resources Officer, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
- Apr 1985 – Aug 1987, Programs and Resources Officer, Headquarters, United States Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
- Aug 1987 – Nov 1988, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese Air Force Base, Texas
- Nov 1988 – Nov 1992, Co-Pilot, C-130, 167th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Martinsburg, West Virginia
- Nov 1992 – Nov 1993, Assistant Flight Commander, C-130, 167th Airlift Squadron, Martinsburg, West Virginia
- Nov 1994 – Nov 1998, Pilot, C-130, 167th Airlift Squadron, Martinsburg, West Virginia
- Nov 1998 – Oct 2002, Commander, 167th Airlift Squadron, Martinsburg, West Virginia
- Oct 2002 – Jan 2004, Air Operations Staff Director, Headquarters, West Virginia Air National Guard, Charleston, West Virginia
- Jan 2004 – Jan 2005, Commander, 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, West Virginia
- Oct 2007 – Oct 2011, Chief of Staff, Headquarters, West Virginia Air National Guard, Charleston, West Virginia
- Aug 2009 – Jul 2012, (A5), Assistant to the Director, Air National Guard, Arlington, Virginia
- Oct 2011 – Aug 2012, Assistant Adjutant General-Air, West Virginia National Guard, Charleston, West Virginia
- Sep 2012 – Present, Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, United States Air Forces in Europe/Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany
Awards and decorations
|US Air Force Command Pilot Badge|
Effective dates of promotion
|Major General||September 1, 2012|
|Brigadier General||March 25, 2008|
|Colonel||July 18, 2003|
|Lieutenant Colonel||August 22, 1997|
|Major||October 7, 1992|
|Captain||August 22, 1986|
|First Lieutenant||August 22, 1984|
|Second Lieutenant||August 12, 1982|
- "Major General Eric W. Vollmecke". National Guard Bureau. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
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