HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay



Major General Charles Rankin Bond Jr. is commander of Twelfth Air Force, Waco, Texas. As commander he is responsible for the overall training and combat readiness of tactical fighter, airlift and reconnaissance units west of the Mississippi River.

General Bond was born in Dallas, Texas in 1915. He began his military career in July 1932 when he enlisted in the Texas National Guard. He entered the Aviation Cadet Program in March 1938 and was commissioned and received his pilot wings in February 1939 at Randolph Field, Texas.

He left the service in September 1941 to join the Flying Tigers, an American Volunteer Group in China, commanded by General Claire Chennault. While a member of the Flying Tigers, General Bond was credited with the destruction of nine Japanese planes; was shot down twice in combat; and was awarded two Chinese medals: The Fifth Order of the Cloud Banner and The Seven Star Wing Medal.

General Bond returned to the United States and in October 1942 he rejoined the Army Air Corps. A year later he became chief of the Air Division, U.S. Military Mission to the U.S.S.R. in Moscow.

In 1947 General Bond entered Texas A&M University under the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology program and graduated in 1949 with a bachelor of science degree in management engineering. He next served as chief of the Current Operations Division at Headquarters Air Defense Command, Mitchel Air Force Base, N.Y. In 1949 he was appointed chief of the Air Defense Plans Branch, Director of Plans, Organization and Requirements, Headquarters Continental Air Command. He attended the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., in 1951.

From 1951 to 1954 General Bond served at Pepperrell Air Force Base, Newfoundland, as director of Air Defense and then as deputy for operations, Headquarters Northeast Air Command and as commander of the 64th Air Division (NEAC).

In July 1954 he went to Ent Air Force Base, Colo., as assistant deputy chief of staff for operations at Continental Air Defense Command Headquarters, and in October 1956 he was assigned to Headquarters Air Defense Command, also at Ent, as assistant deputy chief of staff for operations. In September 1957 he was named commander of the 25th Air Division, McChord Air Force Base, Wash., and in August 1959 was assigned as commander of the 28th Air Division, Hamilton Air Force Base, Calif.

In October 1960 he assumed duties as deputy commander, Headquarters Fifth Allied Tactical Air Force, Vicenza, Italy, a component of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. He returned to the United States in August 1963 and became deputy commander of Ninth Air Force at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. In January 1966 General Bond went to Thailand to become deputy commander of the 2d Air Division, Thirteenth Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, and in April 1966 he became the deputy commander of Seventh/Thirteenth Air Force in Thailand.

In July 1967 General Bond assumed duties as commander of the Twelfth Air Force in Waco, Texas.

His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross (British), Order of the Southern Cross (Brazilian), Fifth Order of the Cloud Banner (Chinese), and the Seven Star Wing Medal (Chinese).

(Current as of Oct. 15, 1967)


Facebook Twitter
Around the world, our medical Airmen have stepped up to ensure proper precautions are being taken to prevent to spr… https://t.co/Jc8khMLzX2
RT @USAF_ACC: Ride in the cockpit with the @F22DemoTeam during this virtual air show! @usairforce | @ACC_Commander | #AimHigh https://t.c…
"They left their homes all across America; rushed to Lackland Air Force Base, in Texas, and other military installa… https://t.co/lUaQ8uvo6j
Capt Melanie Ziebart is 1 of 6 USAF pilots flying the F-35B in Marine squadrons. “It’s such a surreal feeling to t… https://t.co/w4S3YrEMvQ
RT @cmsaf18: We're back with another #BlueprintLeadership (recorded before we started #socialdistancing)! It's a good listen for those who…
RT @USNorthernCmd: .@USNorthernCmd Commander, Gen. O'Shaughnessy, on @CuomoPrimeTime Mar. 30 discussed military assistance for #waronCOVID1
"The next several weeks will test us...we will do everything in our power to take care of you and your family, whil… https://t.co/paZCq6IGN5
Have deployment questions? @USAFReserve has answers. https://t.co/ONkkswJZhq
The world may be on pause but our Airmen are in overdrive. Congrats to the @USArmy family on the new arrivals!👶👶 https://t.co/sjMhFj5SZN
.@POTUS signs executive order authorizing mobilization for @USAFReserve medics. #COVID19USAF https://t.co/r4c8qcEgbT
An @USAFCENT flight crew tests the engines of an MC-130H Combat Talon II at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait. The MC-1… https://t.co/D5Buu8PDK5
Members of the @MDNG work w/ members of the Maryland Office of Preparedness & Response to prepare & load medical su… https://t.co/ccKPArqlSh
🎧 Tune into @CMSAF18's 6th episode of Blueprint Leadership as he talks about leadership, lessons learned, and share… https://t.co/pxpdxCshhX
The latest news on the Dept. of the Air Force response to the spread of #COVID19 is available at… https://t.co/ipQz6TsRuC
RT @HQ_AFMC: We still have a few more days in March, so take some time to check out the stats from across @DeptofDefense for #WomensHistory
RT @EsperDoD: On this #NationalVietnamWarVeteransDay, we pause to honor the millions of Americans who served during the Vietnam War, the Fa…
RT @AirNatlGuard: "To be able to go out and help the community at a time like this is something that we’re all proud of," @NJNationalGuard.…