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Colonel Robert D. Davis

Colonel Robert D. Davis is the Commander, 3rd Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The 3rd Wing provides the commander, U.S. Pacific Command, trained and equipped tactical air dominance forces, command and control platforms, and strategic and tactical airlift resources for contingency operations and also provides the commander, U.S. Northern Command, immediate early airborne detection, warning, surveillance and interception of hostile forces within the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region. The wing flies the F-22, C-17, C-12 and E-3 aircraft and is responsible for over 2,200 assigned Airmen.

Colonel Davis earned his commission through ROTC from Texas A&M University in 1996. He attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Sheppard AFB, TX, where he was the Distinguished Graduate and winner of the AETC Commander’s Cup Trophy. Following pilot training, Colonel Davis attended F-15C Basic Course training at Tyndall AFB, FL, where he was also the Distinguished Graduate and winner of the 1999 Francis S. Gabreski Award for the top USAF fighter Basic Course graduate. He graduated from the USAF Weapons School in 2004 as a Distinguished Graduate and later returned as a Weapons School Instructor and Chief Instructor Pilot in the F-15C. After transitioning to the F-22, Colonel Davis served as a Wing Chief of Safety, Operations Officer, F-22 Fighter Squadron Commander, and deployed to Southwest Asia as the 525th Expeditionary Squadron Commander. In 2015, Col Davis became the 325th Operations Group Commander, Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, which is responsible for training and projecting unrivaled F-22 Air Dominance to Combatant Commanders world-wide. Colonel Davis is a command pilot with more than 2,300 hours in the F-15C and F-22.

Prior to taking command of the 3rd Wing, Col Davis completed a deployment to Iraq where he served as the Director, Security Assistance, Office of Security Cooperation – Iraq. In this role, Colonel Davis supported both Operation INHERENT RESOLVE and long-term Security Cooperation efforts. He led a 67-person joint team responsible for 232 Foreign Military Sales cases valued at over 15 billion dollars. Colonel Davis also provided strategic advice to top Iraqi leaders concerning training, equipping, and sustainability of future Iraqi forces.

 

EDUCATION
1996 Bachelor of Business Administration/Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
2003 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2004 USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV
2008 Master of Business Administration, Touro University International, (Correspondence)
2009 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2009 Master of Military Arts and Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
2014 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2014 Master of Strategic Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
2016 USAF Leadership Development Program, Colorado Springs, CO

ASSIGNMENTS
1. Oct 1996 – Aug 1998, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Sheppard AFB, TX
2. Sep 1998 – Mar 1999, Student, F-15C Basic Course, 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, FL
3. Apr 1999 – Jul 2002, F-15C Instructor Pilot, 390th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, ID
4. Aug 2002 – Jul 2005, F-15C Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, and Weapons Officer, 27th Fighter Squadron and 94th Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, VA
5. Aug 2005 – Jul 2008, F-15C Instructor Pilot and Assistant Operations Officer, 433d Weapons Squadron, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV
6. Aug 2008 – Jul 2009, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
7. Aug 2009 – Jun 2013, Chief of Safety, 3d Wing; Operations Officer, 90th Fighter Squadron; Commander, 525th Fighter Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK
8. Jul 2013 – May 2014, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
9. Jun 2014 – Jun 2015, Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA
10. Jul 2015 – May 2017, Commander, 325th Operations Group, Tyndall AFB, FL
11. Jun 2017 – Jun 2018, Director, Security Assistance, Office of Security Cooperation – Iraq, US Embassy – Baghdad
12. Aug 2018 – Present, Commander, 3rd Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS

Jun 2017 – Jun 2018, Director, Security Assistance, Office of Security Cooperation – Iraq, US Embassy – Baghdad, as a Colonel

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: Over 2,300
Aircraft Flown: F-15C, F-22

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant Sep 13, 1996
First Lieutenant Sep 13, 1998
Captain Sep 13, 2000
Major Aug 1, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel Mar 1, 2010
Colonel Aug 1, 2015

(Current as of Jul 2018)