William R. Looney III

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William R. Looney III
William Looney.jpg
General William Looney, USAF
Born 1949 (age 67–68)[1]
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1972–2008
Rank General
Commands held Air Education and Training Command
22nd Tactical Fighter Squadron
33rd Fighter Wing
1st Fighter Wing
Armed Forces Staff College
Space Warfare Center
14th Air Force
Electronic Systems Center
Aeronautical Systems Center
Air Education and Training Command
Battles/wars Operation Southern Watch
Operation Uphold Democracy
Awards Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Meritorious Service Medal (4)
Website Looney's Official website

General William R. Looney III, USAF (born 1949) was the 28th Commander, Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. As commander, he was responsible for the recruiting, training and education of Air Force personnel. His command included the Air Force Recruiting Service, two numbered air forces and Air University. Air Education and Training Command consists of 13 bases, more than 66,000 active-duty members and 15,000 civilians. General Looney was succeeded by General Stephen R. Lorenz on July 2, 2008, and retired from the Air Force on August 1, 2008. Since his retirement from the Air Force, Looney has taken a position as a board member at Trident University International.

Education[edit]

Looney graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1972, where he commanded the cadet wing in his senior year. His academic credentials include:

Assignments[edit]

Looney has commanded a flight, a fighter squadron, two fighter wings, an air expeditionary force, a military college, a warfare center, a numbered air force and two acquisition centers. His assignments:

Flight information[edit]

General Looney flew 62 combat hours in the F-15 Eagle in support of Operation Southern Watch and commanded Joint Task Force 86-2 in support of Operation Uphold Democracy. He is a command pilot with more than 3,900 flying hours, including 2,500 in the F-15.

  • Rating: Command pilot
  • Flight hours: More than 3,900
  • Aircraft flown: AC-130, T-38, T-37, F-15 and C-21

Awards and decorations[edit]

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg Basic Parachutist Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal ribbon.svg Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Aerial Achievement Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement ribbon.svg Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
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Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device and three oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Bronze star
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
National Defense Service Medal with two bronze service stars
Bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service ribbon.svg Humanitarian Service Medal
Air and Space Campaign ribbon.svg Air and Space Campaign Medal
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon

Promotion Dates[edit]

Quotes[edit]

"The vast majority of Airmen we train are going to be somewhere in harm's way within the next year or two. It is up to us to impart to them the talent and skill they need to accomplish their mission in a world-class fashion and at the same time make sure we get them back safely to the families that love them." http://www.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123067441

References[edit]

This article includes text in the public domain from the United States Air Force.
  1. ^ "Exceeding Expectations: Reflections on Leadership". Published by Enso Books (2009). Retrieved 2010-11-07.  Google Book archive

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