Brig. Gen. Gentry W. Boswell is the Director of Manpower, Organization and Resources, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. He leads the management and oversight of the Air Force’s manpower enterprise encompassing more than 694,000 Total Force personnel and the programming of more than $47 billion in annual funding for the manpower portion of the Air Force Program Objective Memorandum. Additionally, he sets standards and policy for strategic manpower sourcing, performance management, organizational structure and manpower data systems.
Brig. Gen. Boswell received his commission in 1991 as a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force ROTC at Delta State University, Mississippi. His assignments include two wing commands and encompass operational tours in multiple combat aircraft, as well as joint operational and staff duty.
Brig. Gen. Boswell is a weapon systems officer with more than 4,800 hours in the B-1B, B-52, RC-135 and E-6B, including 500 hours of combat time in Southwest Asia, the Balkans and the Horn of Africa. Prior to his current assignment, Brig. Gen. Boswell served as the 36th Wing Commander and Deputy Commander Joint Regions Marianas at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
1991 Bachelor of Science, Aviation Management, Delta State University, Cleveland, Miss.
1998 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2001 Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Ariz.
2005 Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007 Joint Forces Command Advanced Warfighting School, Norfolk, Va.
2011 Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2014 Keenan-Flagler Enterprise Leadership School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2018 Combined Force Maritime Component Commander’s Course, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2019 Joint Force Maritime Component Commander’s Course, Naval War College, Newport R.I.
1. April 1992–January 1993, Undergraduate Navigator Training, Mather Air Force Base, Calif.
2. January 1993–May 1993, Combat Crew Training School, Castle AFB, Calif.
3. June 1993–August 1998, Wing Standards and Evaluations, 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Neb.
4. August 1998–February 1999, B-1 Initial Qualification Course, 28th Bomb Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
5. March 1999–June 2002, Assistant Director of Operations, 77th Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
6. July 2002–August 2004, Director of Flight Training, 28th Bomb Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
7. August 2004–June 2005, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. July 2005–June 2007, Director of Operations, J317, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
9. June 2007–September 2008, Director of Operations, 37th Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
10. October 2008–June 2010, Commander, 28th Operations Support Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
11. July 2010–June 2011, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
12. July 2011–July 2012, Deputy Director, Mission Assessment and Analysis, USSTRATCOM J9, Offutt AFB, Neb.
13. July 2012–July 2014, Vice Commander, 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
14. July 2014–June 2015, Director, Air Force Readiness and Operations, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
15. June 2015–August 2017, Commander, 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
16. January 2018–May 2018, Director of Operations and Communications, A3/6 Headquarters, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, La.
17. June 2018–July 2020, Commander, 36th Wing/Deputy Commander, Joint Regions Marianas Andersen AFB, Guam
18. July 2020–present, Director of Manpower, Organization and Resources, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with silver and two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with “V” device, silver and two oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with four oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two stars
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border with two oak leaf clusters
U.S. Air Force Excellence in Competition Rifleman’s Badge
Rating: master navigator
Flight hours: more than 4,800
Combat hours: 500
Aircraft flown: B-1B, RC-135, B-52 and E-6B
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 11, 1991
First Lieutenant Oct. 23, 1993
Captain Oct. 23, 1995
Major Aug. 1, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 1, 2006
Colonel May 1, 2012
Brigadier General Dec. 3, 2017
(Current as of August 2020)