William T. Hobbins

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William T. Hobbins
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General William T. Hobbins
Born (1946-02-18) February 18, 1946 (age 71)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1969—2008
Rank General
Commands held U.S. Air Forces Europe
12th Air Force
Awards Legion of Merit
Order of the Rising Sun

General William T. Hobbins (born February 18, 1946) was Commander, U.S. Air Forces Europe; Commander, Air Component Command, Ramstein; and Director, Joint Air Power Competence Center, Kalkar, Germany.

General Hobbins entered the Air Force in December 1969 as a graduate of Officer Training School. He has commanded two tactical fighter wings and a composite air group. He has served as the Director of Plans and Operations for U.S. Forces Japan, Director of Plans and Policy for U.S. Atlantic Command, and the Director of Operations for U.S. Air Forces in Europe. As the USAFE Director of Operations, General Hobbins was responsible for the planning, beddown and execution of combat forces in Europe for Operation Allied Force.

Whilst serving as Commander, Air Forces Iceland, Hobbins led the composite wing in the intercept of 80 Soviet bomber aircraft in nine months. During his tenure as Twelfth Air Force Commander, General Hobbins deployed the Twelfth Air Force's Air Operations Center to Southwest Asia as operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom's alternate AOC prior to the beginning of the hostilities.

A command pilot, as of August 2007 the general has more than 5,000 flying hours, primarily in fighter aircraft.

General Hobbins also stars in a number of Armed Forces Network commercials.

Education[edit]

Assignments[edit]

  • January 1970 - December 1970, student, undergraduate pilot training, Laredo AFB, Texas
  • December 1970 - March 1973, T-28 instructor pilot, 3389th Pilot Training Squadron, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
  • March 1973 - May 1974, T-38 instructor pilot and class commander, 29th Flying Training Wing, Craig AFB, Alabama
  • May 1974 - May 1975, AT-28 fighter pilot and chief of quality control, Detachment 19, 1131st Special Activity Squadron, Udon Royal Thai AFB, Thailand
  • May 1975 - October 1977, Chief, T-38 Standardization and Evaluation Division, 29th Flying Training Wing, Craig AFB, Alabama
  • October 1977 - July 1980, F-15 flight commander, instructor pilot, operations officer, and Chief, Wing Scheduling Division, 7th Tactical Fighter Squadron and 49th Tactical Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, New Mexico
  • August 1980 - January 1981, student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia
  • January 1981 - July 1984, F-15 operations monitor, F-5 Program Element Monitor, and Chief, Weapon Systems Branch, Tactical Division, Directorate of Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • August 1984 - May 1985, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  • May 1985 - April 1987, Chief of Wing Inspections, 33d Tactical Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Florida
  • April 1987 - June 1988, Deputy Commander of Operations, 12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph AFB, Texas
  • June 1988 - July 1990, Vice Commander, later, Commander, Air Forces Iceland, Keflavik Naval Air Station, Iceland
  • July 1990 - September 1991, Vice Commander, later, Commander, 405th Tactical Training Wing, Luke AFB, Arizona
  • September 1991 - June 1992, Vice Commander, 58th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Arizona
  • July 1992 - July 1994, Director of Plans and Operations, U.S. Forces Japan, Yokota Air Base, Japan
  • August 1994 - July 1996, Commander, 18th Wing, Kadena AB, Japan
  • August 1996 - April 1998, Director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Atlantic Command, Norfolk, Virginia
  • April 1998 - July 2000, Director of Aerospace Operations, Headquarters USAFE, Ramstein AB, Germany
  • August 2000 - September 2002, Commander, Twelfth Air Force and U.S. Southern Command Air Forces, and Air Force Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
  • October 2002 - August 2003, Commander, Twelfth Air Force and U.S. Southern Command Air Forces, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
  • August 2003 - May 2005, Deputy Chief of Staff for Warfighting Integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • May 2005 - November 2005, Deputy Chief of Staff for Warfighting Integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and acting Chief of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • December 2005 - December 2007, Commander, U.S. Air Forces Europe; Commander, Air Component Command, Ramstein; and Director, Joint Air Power Competence Center, Kalkar, Germany

Flight Information[edit]

Major Awards and Decorations[edit]

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
United States Air Force Communications and Information Badge.svg Master Air Force Communications and Information Badge
Headquarters US Air Force Badge.png Headquarters Air Force Badge
Allied Air Command Badge
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Oak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svg Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.Oak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svg Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Silver oakleaf-3d.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Oak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svg Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with two oak leaf clusters
Oak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svg Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters
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
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air and Space Campaign ribbon.svg Air and Space Campaign Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon with oak leaf cluster
Oak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svg Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters
Oak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svgSilver oakleaf-3d.svg Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze star
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with service star
Air Force Training Ribbon
NATO Meritorious Service Medal bar.svg NATO Meritorious Service Medal
  • Order of the Rising Sun with Gold Rays
  • Mérito Aeronáutico en el grado de Comendador (Bolivian Armed Forces Order of Aeronautical Merit in the grade of "Commander")
  • Estrella de las Fuerzas Armadas en el Grando de Estrella al Mérito Militar, Ecuador (Star of the Armed Forces in the grade of Star of Military Merit)
  • Urug Aeronautical Merit ribbon.jpg Medalla al Mérito Aeronáutico, Uruguay (Aeronautical Merit)
  • Medalla al Mérito 1 Clase, Honduras
  • Cruz al Mérito Aeronáutico, Chile (Meritorious Air Cross Medal)
  • Cruz de la Fuerza Aérea, Guatemala (Air Force Cross)
  • Legion al Mérito Confraternidad Aérea Interamericana (Legion of Merit, System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces)
  • Cruz de la Fuerza Aérea al Mérito Aeronáutica (Colombian Air Force Cross, Aeronautical Merit)
  • Orden de Mayo al Merito Aeronautico en el grado de Gran Cruz (Argentine Air Force Cross)
  • 1976 Instructor Pilot of the Year
  • Air Force Association Citation
  • 2007 Order of the Sword, USAFE

Promotion Dates[edit]

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