Brig. Gen. Pamela Milligan is the Vice Commander, 4th Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, March Air Reserve Base, Calif. Fourth Air Force has command supervision of the Reserve's long-range airlift and air-refueling units located throughout the continental United States, Hawaii and Guam. Fourth Air Force is dedicated to ensuring assigned units and personnel are properly organized, trained, equipped and ready to support national security requirements across a full spectrum of operations from war to contingency situations. Fourth Air Force provides leadership, management and oversight to 11 flying wings, one flying group and two regional support groups which provide strategic airlift, airdrop, aeromedical, air refueling and associated expeditionary support activities. Fourth Air Force responsibilities encompass 300 units and more than 21,000 personnel.
General Milligan earned her commission through the Academy of Military Science in 1982. She served in the Ohio Air National Guard from 1982 to 1985, earning her navigator wings with the 160th Air Refueling Group, Rickenbacker ANG Base, Ohio. She joined the Air Force Reserve in 1985 as a KC-135 Stratotanker navigator with the 940th Air Refueling Wing, Mather AFB, Calif. In 1998, she became the 940th Mission Support Squadron Commander and then returned to operations in 2000 as the Chief of Tanker Operations, 4th Air Force, March ARB, Calif. After Sept. 11, 2001, she deployed as the Director for Tanker Operations for Air Mobility Command and the Deputy Director of Mobility Forces, 1st Air Force/North American Aerospace Defense Command Continental Region. In December, 2003, she was selected as the Commander, 624th Regional Support Group, Hawaii, where she led approximately 750 Airmen in seven support squadrons. In 2006, she deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Vice Wing Commander, 376th Air Expeditionary Wing, Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan.
1980 Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, Ohio State University, Columbus
1982 Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, Patrick AFB, Fla.
1983 Master of Arts degree in public administration, Ohio State University, Columbus
1985 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1997 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell, AFB, Ala.
1998 Canadian Joint Forces Command and Staff College, Toronto
1998 National Security Decision Making Course, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
1998 Strategy and Policy Course, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
1999 Joint Military Operations Course, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2000 National Security Course, Washington, D.C.
2000 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2004 Doctor of Philosophy degree in organization and management, Capella University, Minn.
2007 Advanced Joint PME, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2009 Air Force Smart Operations, University of Tennessee
2009 Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership, San Diego
2010 Senior Executives for National and International Security, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1. October 1981 - December 1983, social actions officer, 179th Tactical Airlift Wing, Ohio ANG, Mansfield Lahm Airport, Ohio
2. January 1984 - December 1984, student, undergraduate navigator training and advanced navigation training, Mather AFB, Calif., and combat crew training, Castle AFB, Calif.
3. January 1985 - June 1985, KC-135 navigator, 145th Air Refueling Squadron, Rickenbacker ANG Base, Ohio
4. July 1985 - May 1995, KC-135 navigator, 314th Air Refueling Squadron, Mather AFB, Calif., and McClellan AFB, Calif.
5. May 1995 - June 1997, instructor KC-135 navigator, 314th Air Refueling Squadron, Beale AFB, Calif.
6. June 1997 - June 1998, Chief of Training, 940th Air Refueling Wing, Beale AFB, Calif.
7. June 1998 - June 2000, Commander, 940th Mission Support Squadron, Beale AFB, Calif.
8. July 2000 - November 2003, Chief, Tanker Operations Branch, Headquarters 4th Air Force, March ARB, Calif.
9. January 2006 - May 2006, Vice Commander, 376th Expeditionary Air Wing, Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan
10. December 2003 - October 2007, Commander, 624th Regional Support Group, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
11. November 2007 - February 2011, mobilization assistant to the Director of Operations (J3), Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii
12. March 2011 - present, Vice Commander, 4th Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, March ARB, Calif.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
Nov. 2007 - Feb. 2011, Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Operations, Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith Hawaii
Rating: Master navigator
Flight hours: More than 3,000
Aircraft flown: T-43, T-37, KC-135A, KC-135E and C-141C
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device, silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Services Medal with two bronze stars
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Air Force Longevity Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass and "M" device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 6, 1982
First Lieutenant March 5, 1985
Captain Oct. 16, 1987
Major March 10, 1995
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 1, 1999
Colonel Feb. 25, 2003
Brigadier General May 1, 2009
(Current as of July 2011)