James T. Rubeor, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Chief of Safety, U.S. Air Force, and Executive Director, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. The center develops, implements, executes and evaluates all Air Force aviation, occupational, weapons, space and nuclear surety programs to preserve combat capability and save lives. Additional missions are to develop strategic guidance to promote safety awareness, provide technical support and oversight for mishap investigations, evaluate safety programs to ensure policy implementation, direct the Air Force Risk Management program and provide accredited education to safety professionals across the Department of Defense.
Mr. Rubeor entered the Air Force in 1978 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He separated from active duty in January 1986 and joined the Air Force Reserve’s 326th Military Airlift Squadron, Dover AFB, Delaware as an Air Reserve Technician. He served as a T-38 instructor pilot and held several key operational leadership positions, including chief of training, chief of standardization and evaluation and operations officer. He has also served as an executive officer and staff officer at a numbered Air Force.
As an Air Reserve Technician, Mr. Rubeor was simultaneously the Executive Director of the Air Force Safety Center and Commander of the 459th Operations Group, 932nd Airlift Wing, 349th Air Mobility Wing and the 452nd AMW. Prior to his current assignment, the general was Commander, 22nd Air Force, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia. He is a command pilot with more than 7,500 flying hours.
He retired as a major general from the Air Force Reserve in 2013. His last reserve position was as the special assistant to the Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, for reserve matters.
1978 Bachelor of Science degree in history, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1985 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1987 Air Command and Staff College, by seminar
1993 Air War College, by seminar
1995 Master of Science degree in national security strategy, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2003 National Security Management Course, Syracuse, N.Y.
2004 Capstone General and Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1. July 1978 - July 1979, Student, undergraduate pilot training, Laughlin AFB, Texas
2. August 1979 - October 1979, Student, pilot instructor training, Randolph AFB, Texas
3. November 1979 - September 1982, T-38 Instructor Pilot, Laughlin AFB, Texas
4. October 1982 - January 1983, Student, C-5 initial qualification, Altus AFB, Okla.
5. February 1983 - January 1986, Pilot, 3rd Military Airlift Squadron, Dover AFB, Del.
6. February 1986 - February 1987, Instructor Pilot, 326th Military Airlift Squadron, Dover AFB, Del.
7. March 1987 - January 1989, Chief of Operational Training, 433rd Military Airlift Wing, Kelly AFB, Texas
8. February 1989 - April 1990, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 433rd Military Airlift Wing, Kelly AFB, Texas
9. May 1990 - September 1991, Current Operations, 4th Air Force, McClellan AFB, Calif.
10. October 1991 - June 1993, Operations Officer, 301st Military Airlift Squadron, Travis AFB, Calif.
11. July 1993 - July 1994, Assistant Deputy Commander of Operations, 349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif.
12. August 1994 - June 1995, Student, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
13. July 1995 - September 1995, Student, C-141 initial qualification, Altus AFB, Okla.
14. October 1995 - August 1996, Deputy Commander, 459th Operations Group, Andrews AFB, Md.
15. August 1996 - March 1998, Commander, 459th Operations Group, Andrews AFB, Md.
16. March 1998 - June 2000, Commander, 932nd Airlift Wing, Scott AFB, Ill.
17. June 2000 - July 2003, Commander, 349th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif.
18. July 2003 - July 2006, Commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base, Calif.
19. July 2006 - August 2007, Assistant Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs-Homeland Division, Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
20. August 2007 - April 2009, Deputy to the Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
21. April 2009 - September 2011, Commander, 22nd Air Force, Dobbins ARB, Ga.
22. September 2011 – June 2013, Special Assistant to the Commander, NORAD/USNORTHCOM for reserve matters, Peterson AFB, Colo.
23. August 2012 - present, Deputy Chief of Safety, U.S. Air Force, and Executive Director, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Humanitarian Service Medal with bronze star
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with silver hourglass and "M" device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Reserve Officers Association
Air Force Association
National War College Alumni
Air Force Sergeants' Association
(Current as of October 2017)