|MAJOR GENERAL CRAIG NEIL GOURLEY|
Maj. Gen. Craig Neil Gourley is Vice Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. He is responsible for the daily operations of the command, which employs about 76,100 Citizen Airmen and consists of more than 379 aircraft among three numbered air forces, 34 wings, three flying groups and 620 mission support units. Air Force Reserve Command supports the Air Force mission to defend the United States through control and exploitation of air and space by supporting global engagement. AFRC plays an integral role in the day-to-day Air Force mission.
The general received his commission in 1978 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering. He entered pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Okla., in 1978. General Gourley was selected for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Aggressor program and also for the Stealth fighter program. He transferred to the Air Force Reserve in 1989 where he flew F-16s and has held assignments ranging from squadron commander to Vice Commander of 10th Air Force. He is a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours and has flown combat missions in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
1978 Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1984 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1984 Master's degree in aviation management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
1985 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2001 Air War College, by correspondence
2008 Executive Course on National and International Security, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2009 Black Sea Security Program, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2009 Joint Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. June 1978 - June 1979, student, undergraduate pilot training, Vance AFB, Okla.
2. June 1979 - August 1979, student, T-38 lead-in fighter training, 479th Tactical Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, N.M.
3. September 1979 - April 1980, student, U.S. Air Force Operational Training Course, 308th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Homestead AFB, Fla.
4. April 1980 - October 1982, F-4E aircraft commander, instructor pilot, and Chief of Functional Check Flights, 496th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Hahn Air Base, West Germany
5. October 1982 - April 1983, student, U.S. Air Force Aggressor School, 64th Aggressor Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
6. May 1983 - October 1986, F-5E Aggressor instructor pilot and standardization and evaluation flight examiner, 527th Aggressor Squadron, Royal Air Force Alconbury, England
7. October 1986 - February 1987, student, A-7D training, 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson, Ariz.
8. February 1987 - October 1988, F-117A and A-7D instructor pilot, 4450th Fighter Wing, Nellis AFB, Nev.
9. February 1989 - July 1989, student, F-4D training, 388th Training Squadron, McConnell AFB, Kan.
10. August 1989 - December 1990, F-4E aircraft commander, 457th Fighter Squadron, Fort Worth, Texas
11. January 1991 - June 1991, student, F-16C training, 72nd Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, MacDill AFB, Fla.
12. June 1991 - May 2005, F-16C standardization and evaluation flight examiner, squadron commander, assistant operations group commander and wing vice commander, 457th Fighter Squadron, 301st Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas
13. May 2005 - May 2006, Vice Commander, 10th Air Force, NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas
14. May 2006 - May 2008, mobilization assistant to the Director, Operational Planning, Policy and Strategy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air, Space and Information Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
15. May 2008 - January 2009, mobilization assistant to the Director, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
16. January 2009 - December 2010, mobilization assistant to the Commander, U.S. Air Forces, Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
17. January 2011 - present, Vice Commander, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, Ga.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: 4,500
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, F-4D/E, F-5E, A-7D, F-117A, F-16A and F-16C
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass and three "M" devices
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 31, 1978
First Lieutenant May 31, 1981
Captain May 31, 1982
Major May 31, 1992
Lieutenant Colonel Nov. 1, 1998
Colonel May 1, 2003
Brigadier General Aug. 24, 2007
Major General Feb. 2, 2010
(Current as of August 2011)