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BRIGADIER GENERAL ROBERT P. PALMER

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Brig. Gen. Robert P. Palmer is the Mobilization Assistant to the Air Force Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. He is responsible for providing public affairs policy and communications strategies to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force and other senior Air Force leaders on critical issues including recruiting, readiness, operations, force structure and personnel.

Brig. Gen. Palmer was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army National Guard through Army ROTC at The Citadel. In 2003, he transferred to the Air Force Reserve and was assigned as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee at Headquarters, Air Mobility Command. In 2004, Brig. Gen. Palmer began his first Active Guard Reserve tour as the Chief of Strategic Communications for the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and held subsequent AGR assignments at United States Northern Command, the Air Staff and Air Force Reserve Command. In 2015, Brig. Gen. Palmer left the AGR program to return to the Individual Reserve program.

Brig. Gen. Palmer is a Joint Qualified Officer and was previously assigned as a Special Assistant for Public Affairs in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In his civilian capacity, he is the Vice President of Government Relations for a health insurance company.

EDUCATION
1990 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, The Citadel, Charleston, S.C.
1998 Master of Public Affairs, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Indianapolis
1998 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2003 Master of Arts, international affairs, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, Mass.
2005 Air Command Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2006 Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2008 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2008 Capitol Hill Legislative Fellowship Program, The Government Affairs Institute, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
2016 Reserve Component National Security Course, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. May 1990–July 1993, Fire Direction Officer, Battery C, 3rd Battalion, 139th Field Artillery, Indiana Army National Guard, Danville, Ind.
2. July 1993–April 1994, Fire Support Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 293rd Infantry, Indiana ARNG, Logansport, Ind.
3. April 1994–October 1996, Briefing Officer, Detachment 1, 126th Press Camp Headquarters, Indiana ARNG, Indianapolis
4. October 1996–December 1998, Commander, Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 139th Field Artillery, Indiana ARNG, Lafayette, Ind.
5. December 1998–October 2000, Aide de Camp to the Adjutant General of Indiana, Indiana ARNG, Indianapolis
6. Oct. 2000–Feb. 2002, Commander, Det. 1, 126th Press Camp Headquarters, Indiana ARNG, Indianapolis (deployed for six months to Bosnia-Herzegovina as media operations officer for SFOR 9)
7. February 2002-March 2003, Assistant Fire Support Coordinator, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 38th Division Artillery, Indiana ARNG, Indianapolis
8. March 2003–June 2003, Public Affairs Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 38th Infantry Division, Indiana ARNG, Indianapolis
9. June 2003–December 2003, Control Group, U.S. Army Reserve, St. Louis
10. December 2003–December 2004, Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Deputy Director of Public Affairs, Headquarters, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. (activated for four months to backfill the Chief of Public Affairs, 509th Bomb Wing)
11. December 2004–July 2007, Chief of Strategic Communications, National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. (deployed to Southwest Asia for four months to serve as the Chief of Media Operations for U.S. Central Command Air Forces-Forward) 
12. July 2007–December 2008, Air Force Legislative Fellow, Office of the Air Force Reserve, detailed to the office of Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
13.  January 2009–January 2012, Legislative Affairs Officer and later, Deputy Director, Legislative Affairs Directorate, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
14.  January 2012–June 2012, Special Assistant, Strategy and Assessments Division, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
15.  June 2012–August 2015, Director of Public Affairs, Headquarters, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, Ga.
16.  August 2015–February 2017, IMA to the Chief of Public Affairs, United States Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
17.  February 2017–June 2018, Special Assistant for Public Affairs, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
18.  June 2018–present, Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1.  December 2004–July 2007, Chief of Strategic Communications, National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a major
2.  January 2009–January 2012, Legislative Affairs Officer and later, Deputy Director, Legislative Affairs Directorate, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a lieutenant colonel
3.  August 2015–February 2017, Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Chief of Public Affairs, United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., as a colonel
4.  February 2017–June 2018, Special Assistant for Public Affairs, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a colonel

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal      
Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters       
Air Force Achievement Medal       
Army Achievement Medal       
Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal       
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star       
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal       
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border       
Air Force Longevity Service Award with three oak leaf clusters       
Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon       
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 'M' Device       
Army Service Ribbon       
NATO Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1999 Indianapolis Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty”
2002 Indianapolis Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in Construction and Engineering”

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Air Force Association
The Honorable Order of St. Barbara

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 12, 1990
First Lieutenant June 1, 1993
Captain June 5, 1997
Major June 1, 2001
Lieutenant Colonel, Aug. 2, 2007
Colonel, June 25, 2012
Second Lieutenant May 12, 1990
First Lieutenant June 1, 1993
Captain June 5, 1997
Major June 1, 2001
Lieutenant Colonel, Aug. 2, 2007
Colonel, June 25, 2012
Brigadier General, Nov. 21, 2019

(Current as of December 2019)

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