Maj. Gen. Mark R. Zamzow is the Commander, U.S. Air Forces Africa, and Vice Commander, 3rd Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, with duty at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England. As the commander of the Air Component for U.S. Africa Command, he has responsibility for all Air Force activities in the Africa theater spanning 54 countries, 11 million square miles, and more than 900 million people. As the vice commander of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe's numbered air force for U.S. European Command, 3rd Air Force plans, deploys, employs, sustains and redeploys Air Force forces supporting combatant commanders during contingency and wartime operations and includes a headquarters operations directorate, the 603rd Air and Space Operations Center, ten wings, and two stand-alone groups. Additionally, as EUCOM's U.S. Country Representative to Her Majesty's Government, he represents U.S. military forces based in the United Kingdom while leading the USAFE-United Kingdom staff directorate responsible for international relations, international law, operations, logistics, and public affairs staff functions in the United Kingdom.
General Zamzow was commissioned in 1978 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. During his military career he has commanded an airlift squadron, operations group, airlift wing, air mobility wing, and now an air component. Prior to his duties at RAF Mildenhall he was assigned to Multi-National Force-Iraq headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, as Deputy Director, Strategic Effects.
General Zamzow is a command pilot with over 3,400 flying hours. Beyond his joint duty in Baghdad, he has served on joint deployments as the Director of Mobility Forces for U.S. European Command during Operation Joint Guard in 1997, U.S. Central Command during operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in 2004, and U.S. Northern Command during Joint Task Force-Katrina and Joint Task Force-Rita in 2005. Additionally, he deployed for U.S. Africa Command in the spring of 2011 to serve as the Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force - Odyssey Dawn, the international military response to the unrest in Libya.
1978 Bachelor of Science degree in management, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1984 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1984 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1988 Master of Arts degree in management, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
1995 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1996 Director of Mobility Operations Course, Air Mobility Warfare Center, Fort Dix, N.J.
2002 Capstone General and Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C
2003 National Security Senior Leadership Course, Syracuse University, N.Y.
2006 Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2007 Senior Joint Information Operations Applications Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2009 Joint Force Air Component Commander Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. May 1978 - September 1979, physical education instructor, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
2. September 1979 - August 1980, student, undergraduate pilot training, Vance AFB, Okla.
3. January 1981 - June 1986, C-130 pilot, aircraft commander, instructor pilot, evaluator pilot and command post duty officer, 774th Tactical Airlift Squadron and 463rd Tactical Airlift Wing, Dyess AFB, Texas.
4. June 1986 - May 1989, command presentations officer, command secretariat executive officer, assistant chief of executive development and Chief of Tactical Airlift Manning, Headquarters Military Airlift Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
5. May 1989 - May 1991, military aide to the Vice President, Office of the Vice President, the White House, Washington, D.C.
6. August 1991 - June 1994, squadron assistant operations officer; wing Chief of Combat Operations; squadron operations officer; Commander, 21st Airlift Squadron; Commander, 36th Airlift Squadron; and Deputy Commander, 374th Operations Group, Yokota Air Base, Japan
7. July 1994 - June 1995, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. June 1995 - July 1996, Deputy Commander, 437th Operations Group, Charleston AFB, S.C.
9. August 1996 - July 1997, Commander, 437th Operations Group, Charleston AFB, S.C.
10. July 1997 - June 1999, Chief, Global Mobility Division/Panel Chair, Global Mobility Panel, Plans and Programs Directorate, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
11. June 1999 - January 2000, Chief, Program Integration Division, Plans and Programs Directorate, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
12. January 2000 - October 2001, Commander, 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan
13. October 2001 - August 2003, Commander, 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus AFB, Okla.
14. August 2003 - May 2006, Inspector General, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
15. May 2006 - January 2008, Director of Air, Space, and Information Operations, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
16. January 2008 - February 2009, Deputy Director, Strategic Effects (CJ9), Multi-National Force - Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq
17. March 2009 - April 2012, Vice Commander, 3rd Air Force, and U.S. Country Representative to Her Majesty's Government, RAF Mildenhall, England
18. April 2012 - present, Commander, U.S. Air Forces Africa, Vice Commander, 3rd Air Force, U.S. Country Representative to Her Majesty's Government, and Director, USAFE-United Kingdom, RAF Mildenhall, England
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. May 1989 - May 1991, military aide to the Vice President, Office of the Vice President, the White House, Washington, D.C., as a major
2. January 2008 - February 2009, Deputy Director of Strategic Effects (CJ9), Multi-National Force - Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq, as a major general
3. March 2011 - April 2011, Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force - Odyssey Dawn, USS Mount Whitney, Gaeta, Italy, as a major general
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: 3,409
Aircraft flown: C-130E/H/J, C-141B, C-17A, C-5A, C-9A, C-21A, KC-135R, T-1, T-6, UH-1N, HH-60, CV-22
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 31, 1978
First Lieutenant May 31, 1980
Captain May 31, 1982
Major Dec. 1, 1988
Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 1992
Colonel Oct. 1, 1996
Brigadier General Aug. 1, 2003
Major General Jan. 2, 2007
(Current as of June 2012)