Retiring effective July 1, 2013
Lt. Gen. William J. Rew is Vice Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va. He assists the Commander in organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime defense. ACC operates more than 1,000 aircraft, 22 wings, 13 bases, and more than 300 operating locations worldwide with 79,000 active-duty and civilian personnel. When mobilized, the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve contribute more than 700 aircraft and 49,000 people to ACC. As the Combat Air Forces lead agent, ACC develops strategy, doctrine, concepts, tactics, and procedures for air and space power employment. The command provides conventional and information warfare forces to all unified commands to ensure air, space and information superiority for warfighters and national decision-makers. ACC can also be called upon to assist national agencies with intelligence, surveillance and crisis response capabilities.
General Rew was born in Savannah, Ga. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1979, receiving his commission and a Bachelor of Science degree in human factors engineering. He has a broad background of experience flying the F-16 in various operational locations and in operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom. He was an instructor at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, and has served on air, combined, and joint staffs. During the initial major combat operations phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he served as the Director of the Combined Air Operations Center at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia. General Rew has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels.
1979 Bachelor of Science degree in human factors engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1983 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1983 Master of Science degree in human resources management, Golden State University
1984 U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
1992 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1994 Armed Forces Staff College, National Defense University, Norfolk Navy Base, Va.
1997 Advanced Operational Art Studies Fellowship, School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2008 Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2008 Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2010 Cyber Operations Executive Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. July 1979 - July 1980, student, undergraduate pilot training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
2. August 1980 - October 1980, AT-38 pilot, fighter lead-in training, Holloman AFB, N.M.
3. October 1980 - April 1981, F-16A pilot, 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah
4. May 1981 - December 1983, F-16A pilot, 430th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
5. December 1983 - May 1985, F-16A instructor pilot, wing weapons and tactics officer, 35th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea
6. May 1985 - September 1988, F-16C Flight Commander, Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 17th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.
7. September 1988 - July 1991, F-16C instructor pilot and operations officer, F-16 Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
8. August 1991 - August 1992, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. August 1992 - June 1994, staff officer, Operations Division, Headquarters Allied Air Forces Central Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany
10. June 1994 - June 1996, Commander, F-16 Division, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
11. July 1996 - May 1997, student, Advanced Operational Art Studies Fellowship, School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
12. June 1997 - June 1998, executive officer to Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
13. June 1998 - June 2000, Commander, 35th Operations Group, Misawa AB, Japan
14. July 2000 - June 2001, Director of Operations, Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia, Saudi Arabia
15. June 2001 - February 2003, Commander, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB, S.C. (January 2002 - May 2002, Commander, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia)
16. February 2003 - April 2004, Director of Operations, Headquarters 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces, Shaw AFB, S.C.
17. April 2004 - August 2005, Commander, 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa AB, Japan
18. September 2005 - July 2007, Commander, 57th Wing, Nellis AFB, Nev.
19. August 2007 - October 2009, Director of Operational Planning, Policy and Strategy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
20. October 2009 - present, Vice Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. August 1992 - June 1994, staff officer, Operations Division, Headquarters Allied Air Forces Central Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany, as a lieutenant colonel
2. July 2000 - June 2001, Director of Operations, Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia, Saudi Arabia, as a colonel
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,000, including 100 combat hours
Aircraft flown: F-16A/C, T/A-38 and T-37
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 30, 1979
First Lieutenant May 30, 1981
Captain May 30, 1983
Major Dec. 1, 1988
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 1994
Colonel Sept. 1, 1998
Brigadier General Jan. 1, 2005
Major General Nov. 9, 2007
Lieutenant General Oct. 19, 2009
(Current as of January 2013)