Air Force

April 12, 2012

12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Leadership

Commander, Lt. Gen. Robin Rand

Lt. Gen. Robin Rand is the Commander, 12th Air Force, Air Combat Command, and Commander, Air Forces Southern, U.S. Southern Command, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Twelfth Air Force ensures the readiness of 10 active duty wings and one direct reporting unit for contingency operations, oversees 19 gained Air Reserve Component units, and employs 17 airframes totaling more than 680 combat aircraft with more than 73,900 Airmen. As the air and space component to U.S. Southern Command, Air Forces Southern conduct security cooperation and provide air, space and cyberspace capabilities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. As the Air Component Commander of U.S. Southern Command, General Rand conducts security cooperation and provides air, space and cyberspace capabilities throughout the 31 nations of Latin America and the Caribbean.

General Rand was commissioned in 1979 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. During his career, he’s had multiple flying tours; served as an air liaison officer with the U.S. Army; and has had staff tours on the Joint Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Air Staff. General Rand ‘s previous commands include the 36th Fighter Squadron, USAF Weapons School, 8th Fighter Wing, 56th Fighter Wing, and the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Balad Air Base, Iraq. Prior to this assignment, he served as Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

General Rand is a command pilot with more than 4,970 flying hours, including more than 470 combat hours.

 

Vice Commander, Brig. Gen. Jon A. Norman

Brig. Gen. Jon A. Norman is the Vice Commander, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Twelfth Air Force ensures the readiness of 10 active duty wings and one direct reporting unit for contingency operations, oversees 19 gained Air Reserve Component units, and employs 17 airframes totaling more than 680 combat aircraft with more than 73,900 Airmen. As the air and space component to U.S. Southern Command, Air Forces Southern conduct security cooperation and provide air, space and cyberspace capabilities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

General Norman was commissioned in 1986 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He completed undergraduate pilot training as the Air Training Command Flying Award winner and outstanding graduate of his class. He was also the distinguished graduate and winner of the Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground Top Gun awards during his F-16 training. General Norman has served in a variety of operational assignments to include instructor pilot, flight examiner, mission commander, weapons officer, operational test and evaluation pilot, and operations officer. He has commanded a fighter squadron, operations group and fighter wing.

General Norman has served as the Air Combat Command fighter combat operations representative to the National Security Agency, Chief of the Air and Sea Branch in the Force Application Assessment Division on the Joint Staff, and executive officer to the Air Force Chief of Staff. His deployments include Commander of the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron during operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom, as well as Director of the Air Component Command Element to Joint Task Force-Haiti.

 

Command Chief Master Sergeant, Chief Master Sergeant Gerardo Tapia

Chief Master Sergeant Gerardo Tapia is the Command Chief Master Sergeant, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. He advises the commander on all issues regarding the health, welfare, morale, and effective utilization of assigned enlisted personnel. Twelfth Air Force ensures the readiness of 10 active duty wings and one direct reporting unit for contingency operations, oversees 19 gained Air Reserve Component units, and employs 17 airframes totaling more than 680 combat aircraft with more than 73,900 Airmen. As the air and space component to U.S. Southern Command, Air Forces Southern conduct security cooperation and provide air, space and cyberspace capabilities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Chief Tapia was born in El Paso, Texas and graduated Stephen F. Austin High School. He entered the Air Force in April 1985. His background includes various duties in personnel management at base level, Major Command, the Air Force Personnel Center and a joint duty assignment with HQ Alaskan Command. Before assuming his current position, Chief Tapia served as the 49th Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant at Holloman AFB, NM.




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