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MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM B. "BLAZE" BINGER

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Maj. Gen. William B. Binger is the 10th Air Force Commander, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas. His command includes all fighter, bomber, special operations, rescue, airborne warning and control, combat Air Forces and space operational-training missions, combat air operations battle staff, remotely-piloted aircraft, testing, space, and cyber units in the Air Force Reserve Command. When mobilized or used in a full-time capacity, these units provide capability to Air Combat Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Pacific Air Forces, Air Force Space Command, Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Education and Training Command and the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency.

General Binger entered the Air Force on active duty in 1981. He earned his pilot wings in 1982 and graduated from fighter weapons school in 1988. He served on active duty from 1981 to 1996 and joined the Air Force Reserve in 1996 as an Active Guard Reserve member and in 2007 he became an Air Reserve Technician. Throughout his career, General Binger has held several senior supervisory positions and has commanded at the group, wing, center and numbered Air Force levels.

General Binger is a command pilot with more than 4,500 hours in the F-16, including 40 combat missions over Iraq.

EDUCATION
1981 Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology, California State University, Los Angeles
1986 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1987 Master's degree in aviation science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fla.
1989 USAF Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
1996 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1999 Air War College, by seminar
2007 Reserve Component National Security Course, National Defense University, Washington D.C.
2010 Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2012 Senior Executives in National & International Security, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2012 Capstone General and Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. January 1982 - December 1982, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin AFB, Texas.
2. January 1983 - September 1983, Student, F-16 Fighter Training, MacDill AFB, Fla.
3. December 1983 - December 1987, Flight Commander, 613th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Torrejon Air Base, Spain
4. January 1988 - April 1988, Student, Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
5. May 1988 - July 1991, Weapons Officer, 309th Tactical Fighter Squadron; Flight Commander, 308th Tactical Fighter Squadron; Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 31st Fighter Wing, Homestead AFB, Fla.
6. August 1991 - July 1992, Aide to Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
7. August 1992 - November 1996, Operations Officer, 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
8. December 1996 - November 2001, Operations Officer, Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Test Center (AATC), Tucson, Ariz.
9. December 2001 - October 2003, Air Force Reserve Command Advisor to the Air Combat Command Director of Air and Space Operations, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
10. November 2003 - August 2006, Commander, 944th Operations Group, Luke AFB, Ariz.
11. September 2005 - January 2006, Deputy Commander and Commander, 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group, Balad AB, Iraq
12. August 2006 - June 2007, Director of Air and Space Operations to the Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
13. June 2007 - October 2007, Director of Plans and Programs to the Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon Washington, D.C.
14. October 2007 - May 2008, Deputy Director, Air Force Strategic Planning, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
15. May 2008 - June 2010, Commander, 482nd Fighter Wing, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla.
16. June 2010 - November 2011, Commander, Air Force Reserve Command Force Generation Center (FGC), Robins AFB, Ga.
17. November 2011 - present, Commander, 10th Air Force, NAS Fort Worth JRB, Texas

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: More than 4,700, including 190 combat hours
Aircraft Flown: F-16, T-37, T-38, F-4G, F-15D, F-15E, HH-60G, E-3C, B-52H and MC-130E

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
ATC Commander's Trophy, Top Graduate, UPT, Laughlin AFB, Texas
Top Flying Award, USAF Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
Honorary Chief Master Sergeant, 944th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with two oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Medal with bronze service star
Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Dec. 22, 1981
First Lieutenant Dec. 22, 1983
Captain Dec. 22, 1985
Major Oct. 1, 1991
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 18, 1998
Colonel June 1, 2002
Brigadier General April 3, 2009
Major General Jan. 1, 2013

(Current as of February 2013)




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