Maj. Gen. Kenneth D. Lewis Jr. is the Deputy Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. He is responsible for the daily operations of the command, consisting of approximately 70,000 Citizen Airmen and more than 300 aircraft among three numbered air forces, 33 flying wings, 10 flying groups and one space wing. Air Force Reserve Command supports the Air Force mission to defend the United States through control and exploitation of air, space and cyberspace by supporting global engagement. AFRC plays an integral role in the day-to-day Air Force.
General Lewis began his Air Force career in 1985 after receiving his commission and earning the Distinguished Graduate award through Kansas State University's Air Force ROTC program. He spent 14 years active duty in a variety of assignments to include working as an Engineer, Instructor and Evaluator Pilot, Operations Officer, Flight Examiner, Air Force Liaison Officer and as an Operational-Readiness Planner.
Prior to his current assignment, General Lewis was the Director of Air, Space and Information Operations, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. His responsibilities included directing Reserve operations for 69 reserve flying units and 10 operational space units gained by eight major commands to fulfill commitments in support of U.S. national objectives. The directorate oversees all Reserve operational assets and capabilities to include tactical fighter, aerial refueling, strategic airlift, special operations, combat rescue, hurricane surveillance, aeromedical evacuation, aerial spray and modular airborne fire-fighting capability. He is a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours in the T-37, T-38, KC-135A/R, KC-10, C-5 and C-17.
1985 Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Kansas State University, Manhattan
1994 Squadron Officer School Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1998 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2001 Air War College, by correspondence
2006 Master of Arts degree in History, American Military University
1. May 1985 - December 1985, Engineer, Air Force Plant Representative Office, The Boeing Company, Wichita, Kan.
2. December 1985 - May 1987, student, undergraduate pilot training, Columbus AFB, Miss. and KC-135 combat crew training school, Castle AFB, Calif.
3. May 1987 - July 1992, KC-135 Instructor/Evaluator, 11th Air Refueling Squadron, Altus AFB, Okla.
4. July 1992 - June 1994, Operations Officer and Wing Standardization and Evaluation Flight Examiner, 22nd Air Refueling Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
5. June 1994 - August 1996, Air Force Liaison Officer and Conversion Instructor Pilot, 465th Air Refueling Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla.
6. August 1996 - May 1999, Planner for Operational Readiness, SIOP and en-route Inspections, Headquarters Air Mobility Command Office of the Inspector General, Scott AFB, Ill.
7. May 1999 - May 2002, Operations and Training Officer, 465th Air Refueling Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla.
8. May 2002- May 2005, Special Assistant to the Wing Commander and Operations Group Commander for the 939th Air Rescue Wing, then 939th Air Refueling Wing, Portland, Ore.
9. May 2005 - April 2008, Commander, 349th Operations Group, Travis AFB, Calif.
April 2008 - April 2010, Commander, 927th Air Refueling Wing, MacDill AFB, Fla.
10. April 2010 - January 2012, Commander, 433rd Airlift Wing, Lackland AFB, Texas
11. April 2011 - December 2011, Director, Mobility Forces, Pogio Renatico, Italy, for NATO Operation Unified Protection
12. February 2012 - September 2013, Director, Air Force Reserve Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
13. September 2013 - January 2014, J-5 Deputy Director Partnership Strategy, Joint Staff, Arlington, Va.
14. January 2014 - July 2015, J-5 Deputy Director for Partnership Strategy/Trans-Regional Policy, the Joint Staff, Arlington, Va.
15. July 2015 - September 2018, Director, Air, Space and Information Operations, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, Ga.
16 October 2018 - present, Deputy Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, Ga.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. April 2011 - December 2011, Director, Mobility Forces, Pogio Renatico, Italy, for NATO OUP, as a colonel
2. September 2013 – January 2014, J-5 Deputy Director for Partnership Strategy, the Joint Staff, Arlington, Va., as a brigadier general
3. January 2014 – July 2015, J-5 Deputy Director for Partnership Strategy/Trans-Regional Policy, the Joint Staff, Arlington, Va., as a major general
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 4,500 hours
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, KC-135A/R, KC-10, C-5 and C-17
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and three oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with eight oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with one star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with three service stars
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two service stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal with service star
Humanitarian Service Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with four oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (rifle)
Air Force Training Ribbon NATO Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Sept. 1, 1985
First Lieutenant Sept. 1, 1987
Captain Sept. 1, 1989
Major July 1, 1997
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 13, 2001
Colonel February 17, 2005
Brigadier General Feb. 17, 2012
Major General May 17, 2015
(Current as of October 2018)