Brig. Gen. Richard R. Moss is Commander, 403rd Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. He commands the only Reserve flying unit in Mississippi and the largest tenant unit on Keesler AFB, a wing of more than 1,400 Reservists. The wing's mission is to train, equip and employ airlift forces in worldwide support of the nation's interests. This primarily includes tactical air-land and air-drop of personnel, supplies and equipment. Other missions include providing trained support personnel to augment active-duty personnel, support of aeromedical evacuations and humanitarian flights. In addition, he is responsible for the only aerial weather reconnaissance squadron in the Department of Defense.
General Moss received his commission in November 1971 from Officer Training School and then entered undergraduate pilot training at Laredo AFB, Texas. He left active duty in 1979 and joined the Air Force Reserve, flying the C-123K. He accepted an Air Reserve Technician position in 1986 at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio. General Moss has flown test missions for Air Force Systems Command in six models of the C-135 aircraft. He served as flight instructor, tactics officer, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, and project officer for the unit's conversion from the C-130A to the C-130E.
The general was Chief of Tactical Operations at Headquarters 14th Air Force, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., and Deputy Commander of Operations for the 932nd Aeromedical Airlift Group, Scott AFB, Ill. His previous commands include three airlift wings. He is a command pilot with 5,200 flying hours.
1971 Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, Indiana University, Bloomington
1974 Squadron Officer School
1984 Air Command and Staff College
1995 Air War College
1. November 1971 - March 1973, student, undergraduate pilot training, Laredo Air Force Base, Texas
2. July 1973 - December 1975, EC-135 pilot, Air Force Eastern Test Range, Patrick AFB, Fla.
3. December 1975 - June 1979, C-135 pilot, 4950th Test Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
4. November 1979 - September 1988, C-123, C-130A and C-130E pilot, flight instructor, training officer, tactics officer, aerial spray pilot, Chief of Standardization/Evaluation, and project officer, 356th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Rickenbacker ANGB, Ohio
5. September 1988 - April 1990, Chief, Tactical Airlift Operations, Headquarters 14th Air Force, Dobbins ARB, Ga.
6. April 1990 - September 1992, Deputy Commander for Operations, 932nd Aeromedical Airlift Group, Scott AFB, Ill.
7. September 1992 - March 1998, Commander, 913th Airlift Wing, Willow Grove Air Reserve Station, Pa.
8. March 1998 - October 1999, Commander, 934th Airlift Wing, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Minn.
9. October 1999 - July 2004, Commander, 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson AFB, Colo.
10. July 2004 - present, Commander, 403rd Wing, Keesler AFB, Miss.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: 5,200
Aircraft flown: C-9, C-123K, W/C-130A/E/H/J/-30, C-135/B, EC-135, KC-135, NC-135 and NKC-135
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with silver oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Air Force Overseas Ribbon - Long with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with silver and bronze oak leaf clusters Armed Forces Reserve Medal with silver hourglass
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Nov. 24, 1971
First Lieutenant May 24, 1973
Captain Nov. 25, 1975
Major Nov. 24, 1985
Lieutenant Colonel June 14, 1990
Colonel June 1, 1994
Brigadier General Feb. 6, 2004
(Current as of November 2006)