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BRIG. GEN. PHILIP M. RUHLMAN

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Brig. Gen. Philip M. Ruhlman is Commander, 36th Wing; Installation Commander and Base Commanding Officer, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. General Ruhlman also serves as the Deputy Commander, Joint Region Marianas. He is responsible for the conduct of Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence, theater security packages and contingency response operations from Andersen AFB. He is also tasked to ensure the successful employment, deployment, integration, and enabling of air and space forces from the most forward U.S. sovereign air force base in the pacific. He is responsible for the well-being of more than 8,500 military and civilian personnel on Andersen AFB and assists with installation management for Joint Region Marianas.

General Ruhlman graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1980 and earned his pilot wings in 1981. His first assignment was as a jump-qualified battalion air liaison officer and forward air controller flying the O-2A. He then transitioned to the F-16 and has since flown every version assigned to the Air Force. He flew 43 F-16 combat missions over Iraq and Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm, and has served as a wing weapons officer, instructor pilot, and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation. His staff assignments include joint element, major command, direct reporting unit, Air Staff and NATO levels. He has commanded a fighter squadron, fighter operations group and the largest operational F-16 fighter wing in the Air Force.

EDUCATION
1980 Bachelor of Science degree, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1986 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1987 Master of Aeronautical Science degree, summa cum laude, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
1994 Air Command and Staff College, by seminar
1994 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2000 National Defense Fellow and Air Force Fellow, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
2004 Senior Executive Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 1980 - July 1981, student, undergraduate pilot training, Reese AFB, Texas
2. January 1982 - November 1984, O-2A forward air controller and battalion air liaison officer, Howard AFB, Panama
3. February 1985 - October 1985, F-16 student, MacDill AFB, Fla.
4. November 1985 - December 1987, F-16 pilot and plans officer, 306th and 308th Tactical Fighter Squadrons, Homestead AFB, Fla.
5. January 1988 - August 1990, wing weapons officer and flight commander, 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Torrejon Air Base, Spain
6. August 1990 - March 1991, Chief, Standardization and Evaluation, 401st Tactical Fighter Wing (Provisional), operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia
7. October 1991 - August 1993, F-16 instructor pilot and executive officer, 58th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz.
8. September 1993 - June 1996, joint action officer, Air Land Sea Application Center, Langley AFB, Va.
9. January 1997 - May 1997, operations officer, 62nd Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
10. June 1997 - June 1999, Commander, 63rd Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
11. July 1999 - November 2000, National Defense Fellow and Air Force Fellow, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
12. December 2000 - July 2001, Chief, Strategy, Concepts and Doctrine Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
13. July 2001 - July 2002, Commander, 8th Operations Group, Kunsan AB, South Korea
14. July 2002 - June 2004, Assistant Director of Air and Space Operations, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
15. June 2004 - August 2005, Commander, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB, S.C.
16. August 2005 - January 2006, Vice Director, Air Force Studies and Analyses Agency, Washington, D.C
17. February 2006 - August 2006, Deputy Director, Studies and Analyses, Assessments and Lessons Learned, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
18. August 2006 - August 2008, Chief of Staff, Joint Warfare Centre, Supreme Allied Command Transformation, Stavanger, Norway
19. August 2008 - present, Commander, 36th Wing; Installation Commander and Base Commanding Officer, Andersen AFB, Guam

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. September 1993 - June 1996, joint action officer, Air Land Sea Application Center, Langley AFB, Va., as a major
2. August 2006 - August 2008, Chief of Staff, NATO Joint Warfare Centre, Supreme Allied Command Transformation, Stavanger, Norway, as a brigadier general
3. August 2008 - present, Deputy Commander, Joint Region Marianas, Andersen AFB, Guam, as a brigadier general

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: 3,270, with 105 combat hours
Aircraft flown: O-2A and all USAF versions of the F-16

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Distinguished Flying Cross
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device and three oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait)

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1982 Company Grade Officer of the Year, U.S. Southern Air Division
1990 Team Leader and Winner, Excalibur VI Bombing Competition, U.S. Air Forces in Europe

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 28, 1980
First Lieutenant May 28, 1982
Captain May 28, 1984
Major June 1, 1992
Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 1, 1996
Colonel March 1, 2001
Brigadier General Nov. 3, 2006

(Current as of November 2009)





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