Richard E. Webber
Richard E. Webber is a retired United States Air Force Major General. He was the first commander of the 24th Air Force, which is focused on cyberspace operations. The 24th Air Force is located in San Antonio, Texas and stood up in place of the originally proposed larger Major Command organization, Air Force Cyber Command.
He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1975 and has worked in the space and missile career field. He is currently Assistant Deputy Chief for Air, Space and Information Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
- February 1976 - October 1980, missile combat crew member, instructor missile deputy combat crew commander, instructor missile combat crew commander, wing emergency war order planner and instructor, and emergency rocket communication system emergency war order instructor, 351st Strategic Missile Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri
- October 1980 - October 1981, Air Staff Training Program officer, Strategic Missile Division and Force Analysis Division, Air Force Studies and Analysis, Washington, D.C.
- November 1981 - August 1984, Chief, Future Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Systems Branch, Directorate of Plans and Operations, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
- August 1984 - June 1985, student, College of Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
- June 1985 - April 1989, missile operations staff officer, Strategic Offensive Force Division, Air Force Plans Directorate, Washington, D.C.
- April 1989 - July 1991, Commander, 508th Strategic Missile Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Missouri
- August 1991 - August 1992, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
- August 1992 - July 1994, Chairman, Allied Data Systems Interoperability Agency, and Chief, Systems Interoperability Branch, Headquarters North Atlantic Treaty Organization and International Military Staff, Brussels, Belgium
- July 1994 - July 1995, Commander, 341st Support Group, Malmstrom AFB, Montana
- July 1995 - July 1996, Commander, 341st Operations Group, Malmstrom AFB, Montana
- July 1996 - October 1997, Commander, 321st Missile Group, Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota
- October 1997 - June 1999, Vice Commander, Aerospace Command and Control & Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center, Langley AFB, Virginia
- June 1999 - April 2001, Commander, 50th Space Wing, Schriever AFB, Colorado
- April 2001 - April 2002, Inspector General, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado (October 2001-March 2002, Assistant Combined Air Operations Center Director for Space and Information Warfare, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia)
- April 2002 - August 2002, Deputy Director, Operations, Headquarters AFSPC, Peterson AFB, Colorado
- August 2002 - February 2003, Director, Communications and Information Systems, and Chief Information Officer, Headquarters AFSPC, Peterson AFB, Colorado
- February 2003 - March 2004, Director, Logistics and Communications, Chief Information Officer and Chief Sustainment Officer, Headquarters AFSPC, Peterson AFB, Colo. (March 2003 - May 2003, Deputy Director of Operations for Space and Information Operations, U.S. Central Command, Southwest Asia)
- March 2004 - November 2005, Commander, 21st Space Wing, Peterson AFB, Colorado
- November 2005 - January 2008, Director of Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters AFSPC, Peterson AFB, Colorado
- January 2008 – July 2011, Assistant Deputy Chief for Air, Space and Information Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
Effective dates of promotion
- Second Lieutenant: June 4, 1975
- First Lieutenant: June 4, 1977
- Captain: June 4, 1979
- Major: Aug. 1, 1984
- Lieutenant Colonel: July 1, 1988
- Colonel: Jan. 1, 1992
- Brigadier General: Jan. 1, 2002
- Major General: July 14, 2006
- Officials announce commander of 24th Air Force, Air Force News Service, June 4, 2009
- Air Force Names Cyberwarfare Commander, Information Week, June 5, 2009
- Gen. Webber to lead Cyber Command, San Antonio Business Journal, June 5, 2009
- Air Force announces restructured cyber force leader, Shreveport Times, June 5, 2009