|MAJOR GENERAL H. D. POLUMBO JR.|
Maj. Gen H.D. Polumbo Jr. is the Commander, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force- Afghanistan; Deputy Commander-Air, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan; and Deputy Chief of Staff-Air, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command. He oversees three air expeditionary air wings and three expeditionary groups consisting of more than 4,500 Airmen directly engaged in combat operations; and he advises and assists with joint expeditionary tasked/individual augmentee taskings in the Afghanistan combined joint operating area. Additionally, the general serves as the Central Command Coalition Force Air Component Commander's personal representative to the Commander of Headquarters ISAF as well as the Deputy Commander-Air to the Commander U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, ensuring the optimal integration of air and space power in support of Headquarters ISAF and Operation Enduring Freedom missions.
General Polumbo entered active duty in 1981 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served in a variety of positions including weapons officer and operations officer, and commanded at the squadron, group and three times at the wing level. General Polumbo served in a joint position on the staff at Headquarters Allied Air Forces Northwestern Europe, NATO, and as the Assistant Deputy Director for Global Operations on the Joint Staff. He completed a year-long deployment as Commander of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility where he also led planning and deployment of the first U.S. Army Patriot Battalion on his base in the area of responsibility. During this command tour, General Polumbo also spearheaded U.S. Naval Forces Central standup of the first operational employment of the new Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance system using the maritime version of the RQ-4A Global Hawk. General Polumbo recently completed duty in United States Africa Command where he served as the Director J5 Strategy, Plans and Programs and later as the Chief of Staff.
The general is a command pilot with 4,000 flying hours in all blocks of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, including combat sorties in Operation Northern Watch. He also holds the distinction as the first Air Force general officer to fly the U-2S in combat and completed 21 operational U-2 missions in operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. The General is now a combat mission ready pilot in the MC-12W weapon system.
1981 Bachelor of Science degree in engineering sciences, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1984 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1987 USAF Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
1992 Master of Science degree in aeronautical science technology, Embry-Riddle University, Fla.
1994 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1994 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2000 National Defense Fellow, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
2005 Leadership for a Democratic Society, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
2008 Joint Forces Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2011 Combined Force Land Component Commander's Course, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
1. June 1981 - June 1982, Student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
2. August 1982 - October 1982, Student, lead-in fighter training, Holloman AFB, N.M.
3. November 1982 - June 1983, Student, F-16 flying training, 63rd Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, MacDill AFB, Fla.
4. June 1983 - August 1985, F-16 Instructor Pilot, 428th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
5. August 1985 - December 1988, Instructor Pilot and Scheduler, F-16 Replacement Training Unit, 61st Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, MacDill AFB, Fla.
6. January 1987 - June 1987, Student, USAF Fighter Weapons School, F-16 Division, Nellis AFB, Nev.
7. January 1989 - December 1989, Weapons and Tactics Officer, 36th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea
8. January 1990 - August 1993, Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander and Assistant Operations Officer, USAF Fighter Weapons School, F-16 Division, Nellis AFB, Nev.
9. August 1993 - May 1994, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
10. May 1994 - July 1994, Student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
11. July 1994 - May 1996, Policy Staff Officer, Allied Air Forces Northwestern Europe, NATO, Royal Air Force High Wycombe, England
12. June 1996 - June 1997, Operations Officer, 36th Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea
13. July 1997 - June 1999, Commander, 51st Operations Support Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea
14. July 1999 - June 2000, National Defense Fellow, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
15. June 2000 - August 2001, Chief, Foreign Liaison Division, Office of the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
16. August 2001 - August 2003, Commander, 52nd Operations Group, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany
17. August 2003 - January 2005, Commander, 80th Flying Training Wing, Sheppard AFB, Texas
18. February 2005 - April 2006, Assistant Deputy Director for Global Operations, Operations Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
19. May 2006 - June 2008, Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale AFB, Calif.
20. June 2008 - June 2009, Commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia
21. July 2009 - September 2010, Director of Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
22. October 2010 - July 2011, Director of Strategy, Plans and Programs (J5), Headquarters U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany
23. July 2011 - May 2012, Chief of Staff, U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany
24. May 2012 - present, Commander, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force, and Deputy Commander-Air, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 1994 - May 1996, policy staff officer, Allied Air Forces Northwestern Europe, NATO, Royal Air Force High Wycombe, England, as a major
2. February 2005 - April 2006, Assistant Deputy Director for Global Operations, Operations Directorate (J3), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a colonel
3. October 2010 - July 2011, Director of Strategy, Plans and Programs (J5), Headquarters U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany, as a major general
4. July 2011 - May 2012, Chief of Staff, U.S. Africa Command, as a major general
5. May 2012 - present, Deputy Chief of Staff - Air, ISAF Joint Command as a major general
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,900
Aircraft flown: F-16A/B/C/D, TU-2S/U-2S, MC-12W, RQ-4A, KC-10 and T-38A
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 27, 1981
First Lieutenant May 27, 1983
Captain May 27, 1985
Major Oct. 1, 1993
Lieutenant Colonel Jan. 1, 1997
Colonel April 1, 2001
Brigadier General Aug. 15, 2007
Major General Sept. 3, 2010
(Current as of June 2012)