Maj. Gen. Robert E. Pfister is mobilization assistant to the Commander, 8th Air Force, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. The 'Mighty 8th' is responsible for overseeing the wartime operations capability of Air Combat Command's active, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve A-10, B-1, B-2, B-52, F-15 and F-16 units in the central United States.

General Pfister entered the Air Force through Officer Training School at Lackland AFB, Texas, in March 1964, and completed pilot training at Craig AFB, Ala., in May 1965. He then flew KC-135s with the 919th Air Refueling Squadron, including 16 months in Southeast Asia. As a Reserve officer, he has served in the unit program as well as individual mobilization augmentee at three numbered air forces, two major commands and the Air Staff level. His command experience includes Strategic Air Command's Desert Shield and Desert Storm battle staff. His joint experience includes U.S. Atlantic Command and Strategic Command's "Looking Glass" battle staff.

In his civilian occupation, he is a captain with a major airline.

1963 Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, University of Houston
1979 Air Command and Staff College
1981 Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
1983 State Department Senior Seminar, Washington, D.C.

1. April 1964 - May 1965, student, undergraduate pilot training, Craig AFB, Ala.
2. July 1965 - September 1965, student, KC-135 training, Castle AFB, Calif.
3. October 1965 - May 1969, 919th Air Refueling Squadron, Turner AFB, Ga., and McCoy AFB, Fla.
4. September 1969 - August 1970, 433rd Airlift Wing, Kelly AFB, Texas
5. September 1970 - August 1974, air operations officer, Eastern Air Force Reserve Region, Dobbins AFB, Ga.
6. September 1974 - August 1976, air operations officer, Central Air Force Reserve Region, Ellington and Bergstrom AFBs, Texas
7. August 1976 - October 1981, air operations staff officer, Headquarters Military Airlift Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
8. November 1981 - August 1984, mobilization augmentee, Airlift and Rescue Division, Directorate of Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
9. August 1984 - January 1988, mobilization assistant, Pacific and East Asia Division, Directorate of Plans, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
10. January 1988 - August 1991, mobilization assistant to the Director, Command Control, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
11. August 1991 - present, mobilization assistant to the Commander, 8th Air Force, Barksdale AFB, La.

Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,000 military; 19,000 civilian
Military aircraft flown: B-1B, B-52, C-119, C-124, C-130, EC-135, F-15, F-16, HH-43, KC-10, KC-135, RB-50, T-29, T-33, T-37, T-38 and Navy E6B
Civilian aircraft flown: A-310, B-727, 737, 747, 757, 767, CV-880, DC-8, DC-9 and check airman on L-1011 and MD-11

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Second Lieutenant March 30, 1964
First Lieutenant Sept. 30, 1965
Captain Sept. 30, 1967
Major April 17, 1974
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 22, 1980
Colonel Aug. 1, 1984
Brigadier General July 31, 1991
Major General Feb. 29, 1996

(Current as of January 1999)