Brig. Gen. Jason R. Armagost is the Director of Operations and Communications, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. Brig. Gen. Armagost provides policy, guidance and advocates for resources for the command’s nuclear, conventional and cyber forces. The command is responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready forces that provide strategic deterrence, global strike, cyber operations, combat support, information technology infrastructure and knowledge operations to U.S. Strategic Command and other geographic combatant commands. The command comprises more than 33,700 professionals operating at two numbered Air Forces and 11 active-duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve wings. Weapons systems assigned to the command include Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, UH-1N helicopters, the E-4B National Airborne Operations Center aircraft and the Nuclear Command, Control and Communications system.
Brig. Gen. Armagost graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and was commissioned in 1992. He has served in multiple operational and training assignments and logged more than 2,900 hours in the B-2A Spirit, F-16CJ Fighting Falcon, F-16CG Night Falcon, B-1B Lancer, B-52H Stratofortress and T-38A Talon. His educational and staff assignments include a fellowship at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, California, and duties as the Chief of Nuclear Operations on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia.
Brig. Gen. Armagost commanded the 13th Bomb Squadron at Whiteman AFB, the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot AFB and 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. His operational assignments supported contingency operations during Desert Strike, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Inherent Resolve, Freedom’s Sentinel and Deliberate Resolve. Further, Brig. Gen. Armagost has flown numerous combat missions in the F-16CJ Fighting Falcon, B-2A Spirit, B-1B Lancer, and the B-52H Stratofortress.
1992 Bachelor of Science, English, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
1998 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2005 Master of Arts, Counseling and Leadership Development, University of Colorado, Boulder
2005 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2011 Air Force Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University, Calif.
1. August 1992‒January 1993, liaison, Colorado Division of Wildlife, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
2. February 1993‒June 1994, student, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, and Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
3. July 1994‒March 1995, student, F-16 Fighter Training, 308th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
4. April 1995‒February 1998, F-16CJ Flight Lead, Scheduler and Weapons & Tactics Officer, 13th Fighter Squadron, Misawa Air Base, Japan
4. March 1998‒May 1998, Student, T-38 Pilot Instructor Training, 560th Flying Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, Texas
5. June 1998‒October 1999, T-38 Instructor Pilot, Assistant Flight Commander and Chief of Scheduling, 50th Flying Training Squadron, Columbus AFB, Miss.
6. November 1999‒March 2004, B-2 and T-38 Instructor Pilot and Evaluator, Chief of Survivability, Weapons, and Tactics, Flight Commander, and Assistant Director of Operations, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
7. April 2004‒May 2005, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, University of Colorado, Boulder
8. June 2005‒June 2007, Air Officer Commanding, Cadet Squadron 31, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
9. July 2007‒June 2008, Director of Operations, 509th Operations Support Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
10. June 2008‒July 2010, Commander, 13th Bomb Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
11. August 2010‒July 2011, Air Force Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University, Calif.
12. August 2011‒June 2013, Chief, Nuclear Operations Division, Joint Staff, J-36, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
13. July 2013‒July 2014, Vice Commander, 36th Wing, Andersen AFB, Guam
14. July 2014‒June 2016, Commander, 5th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB, N.D.
15. June 2016‒May 2017, Deputy Director, Current Operations, United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
16. June 2017‒June 2019, Commander, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar
17. July 2019‒present, Director of Operations and Communications, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, La.
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 2,900 hours and 415 combat hours
Aircraft flown: T-38A, F-16CG, F-16CJ, B-2A, B-52H and B-1B
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 27, 1992
First Lieutenant May 27, 1994
Captain May 27, 1996
Major Dec. 1, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel Aug. 1, 2007
Colonel June 1, 2012
Brigadier General May 2, 2018
(Current as of September 2019)