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Retired Feb. 1, 2013.  

Brig Gen Robert Brooks is the former wing commander of the 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Massachusetts. He commands a fighter wing equipped with 18 F-15 C/D fighter aircraft and 1,100 Airmen within 3 installations. He ensures proper utilization and training of personnel in seven subordinate units and assets with a value of 750 million dollars.

Brig Gen Brooks was commissioned in 1987 as a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi (ROTC). He has served in a variety of flying and staff assignments, and commanded at the flight, squadron, group, and wing level. He has also served as Deputy Commander at the Joint Task Force level for Domestic Operations and as the Chairman of the Air Dominance Weapons System Council. Brig Gen Brooks served as the Chair of the Air Directors Field Advisory Council; providing insight to the Director of the Air National Guard on relevant issues in regards to the various weapon systems being employed across the 89 Air National Guard Wings. The colonel is a USAF Weapons School graduate and a command pilot with over 3600 flying hours in the F-15C. He has 508 combat hours in support of operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch, and most recently served in support of operation Enduring Freedom as part of the International Security Assistance Force in Qatar and Afghanistan. 

Brig Gen Brooks is married and lives in Longmeadow with his wife and three children; two boys and a girl.

Commissioned Aug 1987 Second Lieutenant
Nov 1987 - Nov 1988, student, 71st Student Squadron, UPT, Vance AFB, OK
Nov 1988 - Aug 1989 - student, F-15 Training, Luke AFB, AZ
Aug 1989 - Oct 1993 - wingman, instructor pilot, flight examiner, 58th TFS, Eglin AFB, FL
Oct 1993 - Oct 1994 - instructor pilot, 1st FTR SQ, Tyndall AFB, FL
Oct 1994 - Dec 1995 - instructor pilot, academic instructor, 325th OSS, Tyndall AFB, FL
Dec 1995 - Dec 1997 - weapons officer, flight commander, 27th FTR, Langley AFB, VA
Dec 1997 - Nov 01 - instructor pilot, operations officer, F-15 Division, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV
Nov 2001- Jan 07 - advanced program manager, operations officer, Commander, 122nd FTR SQ, New Orleans NAS
Jan 07- Aug 2008 - Deputy Commander JTF Pelican, Commander, 159th OG, New Orleans NAS
Aug 2008 - Feb 2013- Commander, 104 FW, Barnes ANGB, MA

1987 Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, University of Southern MS.
1993 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.
2001 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.
2006 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.

Flight Information:
Rating: Command Pilot
Hours: 3500
Aircraft flown: F-15, AT-38, T-38, T-37

Awards and Decorations:
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with Valor with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters
AF Organizational Excellence Award
Combat Readiness Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
National Defense Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Humanitarian Service Medal
AF Overseas Ribbon Short
AF Overseas Ribbon Long
AF Longevity Service with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 M Device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
AF Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait
Louisiana Legion of Merit
Louisiana Cross of Merit
Louisiana War Cross
Louisiana Emergency Service Medal
Louisiana Longevity Medal

Effective Dates of Promotion
2nd Lt - 12 Aug 1987
1st Lt - 12 Aug 19989
Capt - 12 Aug 1991
Maj - 1 Aug 1998
Lt Col - 17 Jan 2005
Col - 1 Oct 2007
Brig Gen - 24 Jan 2013

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