Maj. Gen. Roger A. Binder is the mobilization assistant to the Commander, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va. The command organizes, trains, equips and maintains 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 Air Combat Command. 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, nuclear 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 Binder received his commission in June 1975 as a distinguished graduate of Oregon State University's ROTC program. He earned his pilot wings as a distinguished graduate at Reese AFB, Texas, in 1977. He served more than 11 years on active duty, flying both the F-111D and the F-16. After serving two years in the Arizona Air National Guard as an instructor pilot in the F-16, he transferred to the Air Force Reserve, joining the 944th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB, Ariz. He later served at 10th Air Force, both as the Director of Operations and then as the Vice Commander. He was the mobilization assistant to the Director of Operations, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, and most recently as the mobilization assistant to the Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
General Binder has commanded both a fighter squadron and an operations group, and served as vice commander at both the wing and numbered air force levels. He is a command pilot with more than 4,800 hours in fighter aircraft, including 149 combat hours. As a civilian, he is an airline pilot flying international routes for a major U.S. carrier.
1975 Bachelor of Science degree in Earth sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis
1975 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1981 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1984 Air Command and Staff College, by seminar
1986 Master of Science degree in aviation sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
1999 Air War College, by correspondence
2006 Joint Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007 Black Sea Security Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2007 United States-Russia Security Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2008 Capstone Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1. June 1976 - July 1977, student, undergraduate pilot training, Reese AFB, Texas
2. July 1977 - July 1978, student, F-111D upgrade training, 481st Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Cannon AFB, N.M.
3. July 1978 - July 1981, F-111D pilot, aircraft commander, instructor pilot, 522nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Cannon AFB, N.M.
4. July 1981 - December 1982, F-111D flight examiner, 27th Tactical Fighter Wing, Cannon AFB, N.M.
5. December 1982 - June 1983, student, F-16 conversion and instructor training, 61st Tactical Fighter Training Squadron and 62nd Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, MacDill AFB, Fla.
6. June 1983 - June 1985, Chief, Air-to-Ground Academics, 58th Tactical Training Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
7. July 1985 - July 1986, flight examiner, 58th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz.
8. July 1986 - August 1987, flight commander and instructor pilot, 35th Fighter Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea
9. August 1987 - March 1989, instructor pilot, 148th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Tucson International Airport, Ariz.
10. March 1989 - July 1991, instructor pilot and standardization and evaluation flight examiner, 302nd Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
11. July 1991 - July 1993, flight commander, 302nd Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
12. July 1993 - October 1995, assistant Director of Operations, 302nd Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
13. October 1995 - August 1997, Commander, 302nd Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
14. August 1997 - August 2001, Commander, 994th Operations Group, Luke AFB, Ariz.
15. August 2001 - January 2003, Vice Commander, 994th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz.
16. January 2003 - February 2004, Director of Operations, 10th Air Force, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas
17. February 2004 - May 2005, Vice Commander, 10th Air Force, NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas
18. May 2005 - December 2005, mobilization assistant to the Director of Operations, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
19. December 2005 - December 2008, mobilization assistant to the Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany
20. December 2008 - present, mobilization assistant to the Commander, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
Rating: Command pilot
Fight hours: More than 5,000, including 149 combat hours
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, F-111D and F-16 A/B/C/D
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Gallant Unit Citation
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device, silver and bronze oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with four oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal with bronze star
Air Force Overseas Ribbon - Short
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass and "M" device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol)
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 4, 1975
First Lieutenant Dec. 4, 1977
Captain Dec. 4, 1979
Major June 8, 1989
Lieutenant Colonel June 8, 1996
Colonel March 4, 2000
Brigadier General Sept. 30, 2005
Major General May 29, 2009
(Current as of October 2013)