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Maj. Gen. Wallace W. "Wade" Farris Jr. is Commander, 22nd Air Force, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. The command is responsible for supporting the Reserve's air mobility and air refueling operations from locations in 30 states across America. With more than 15,000 Reservists and 105 unit-equipped aircraft, 22nd Air Force contributes daily to the Air Force's worldwide operational mission. Reserve aircrews within 22nd Air Force fly a variety of missions to include aerial spraying, fire suppression, hurricane hunters to troop transport utilizing the C-130 Hercules.

General Farris was born in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in business and received his commission through the Air Force ROTC program. His previous commands include the 914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y., and the 439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass. From January 2006 to June 2006, General Farris was deployed as the Deputy Director for Mobility Forces, Combined Air Operations Center, Southwest Asia.

The general is a command pilot, having flown more than 9,000 hours in airlift, airdrop (including a combat drop during Operation Just Cause), and air refueling missions.

1974 Bachelor of Science degree in business, University of Alabama
1979 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1983 Air Command and Staff College, by seminar
1998 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007 Program for Senior Executive in National and International Security, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2010 Master's degree in organizational management, Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa

1. October 1974 - October 1975, Student, undergraduate pilot training, Moody AFB, Ga.
2. November 1975 - August 1977, T-37 Instructor Pilot, Craig AFB, Ala.
3. September 1977 - March 1980, T-37 Instructor Pilot and Wing Flight Examiner, Mather AFB, Calif.
4. April 1980 - September 1983, C-141 Pilot, Instructor and Wing xecutive officer, McChord AFB, Wash.
5. October 1983 - June 1986, Instructor and Aide/Executive Officer to the Commandant, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
6. July 1986 - September 1993, C-141 Pilot, Flight Examiner, Squadron Scheduler, assistant chief pilot and Chief of Wing Standardization, McChord AFB, Wash. (September 1990 - June 1991, activated for operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm)
7. September 1993 - August 1997, C-130 Pilot, Squadron Operations Officer and Deputy Operations Group Commander, 934th Airlift Wing, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Air Reserve Station, Minn.
8. August 1997 - June 1998, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. July 1998 - August 1999, Operations Group Commander, 403rd Wing, Keesler AFB, Miss.
10. August 1999 - December 2000, Chief of Programs, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Plans, Robins AFB, Ga.
11. January 2001 - August 2003, Commander, 914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y.
12. August 2003 - June 2008, Commander, 439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass. (January 2006 - June 2006, Deputy Director for Mobility Forces, Combined Air Operations Center, Southwest Asia)
13. June 2008 - June 2009, Deputy Director, Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategy Development, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
14. June 2009 - September 2010, Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs for Africa, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
15. September 2010 - September 2011, Director, Air, Space and Information Operations, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, Ga.
16. September 2011 - present, Commander, 22nd Air Force, Dobbins ARB, Ga.

Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 9,300
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, C-141, C-130 and C-5

Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters Combat Readiness Medal with four oak leaf clusters Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars Humanitarian Service Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait)

Seven Seals Award (Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve)

Life member, Reserve Officer Association
Toastmasters International
Life member, Air Force Association
Airlift Tanker Association

Second Lieutenant June 5, 1974
First Lieutenant Oct. 9, 1976
Captain Oct. 29, 1978
Major May 12, 1988
Lieutenant Colonel June 16, 1994
Colonel May 10, 1999
Brigadier General March 30, 2006
Major General Feb. 2, 2010

(Current as of July 2013)