Brigadier General BRANDON D. PARKER

Brig. Gen. Brandon Parker is the Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, U.S. Central Command, Union III, Iraq. He oversees a corps-level headquarters staff across multiple locations in the CENTCOM area of responsibility to achieve commanders’ objectives in the fight against the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria.

Brig. Gen. Parker is a 1996 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff, he commanded the 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Brig. Gen. Parker also served as Vice Commander of the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and commanded the 23rd Bomb Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. His staff assignments included duty as Director of Air Force Colonels Management, Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force and as a joint planning officer at Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Command, Plans and Policy Directorate, Offutt AFB, Nebraska. Brig. Gen. Parker deployed in support of various contingencies including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air Command and Staff College, and he served as a National Defense Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Brig. Gen. Parker is a command pilot with more than 2,800 hours in bomber aircraft and more than 380 combat hours.

EDUCATION
1996 Bachelor of Science, Psychology, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
2003 Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2004 U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev., and Barksdale AFB, La.
2007 Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
2008 Master of Military Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2009 Master of Airpower Art and Science, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2010 Joint Forces Staff College, Joint Professional Military Education II, Norfolk, Va.
2012 Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2015 National Defense Fellow, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2021 Combined Joint Force Land Component Course, Army War College, Carlisle, Pa.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. January 1997–February 1998, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance Air Force Base, Okla.
2. March 1998–September 1998, Student, B-52 Initial Qualification Training, Barksdale AFB, La.
3. October 1998–July 2004, Standardization/Evaluation Pilot, Short Range Flight Scheduler, Weapons and Tactics Instructor Pilot, and Standardization/Evaluation Flight Commander, 23rd Bomb Squadron, Minot AFB, N.D.
4. August 2004–July 2006, Formal Training Unit Weapons Officer, Flight Commander, 11th BS, Barksdale AFB, La.
5. August 2006–July 2007, Assistant Director of Operations, 2nd Operations Support Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
6. August 2007–June 2008, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. July 2008–May 2009, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. June 2009–April 2011, Joint Plans Officer/Strategist, Headquarters U.S. Strategic Command/J5, Offutt AFB, Neb.
9. May 2011–July 2012, Assistant Executive Officer to the Air Force Chief of Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
10. August 2012–June 2014, Commander, 23rd BS, Minot AFB, N.D.
11. July 2014–June 2015, Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
12. July 2015–July 2017, Vice Commander, 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, La.
13. August 2017–June 2019, Commander, 7th BW, Dyess AFB, Texas
14. July 2019–April 2021, Director, Air Force Colonels Management Office, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
15. May 2021–present, Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, Union III, Iraq

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating:  command Pilot
Flight Hours:  3,006
Aircraft Flown:  B-1B, B-52H, T-37B and T-38A

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 1996
First Lieutenant May 1998
Captain May 2000
Major May 2006
Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 2010
Colonel July 2015
Brigadier General May 2021

(Current as of July 2021)