Maj. Gen. Randall A. Ogden, is the Commander, 4th Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, March Air Reserve Base, California, and commands the Reserve's long-range airlift and air-refueling units located throughout the continental U.S., Hawaii and Guam. Fourth Air Force is dedicated to ensuring assigned units and personnel are properly organized, trained, equipped and ready to support national security requirements across the full spectrum of operations from war to contingency situations. Fourth Air Force provides leadership, management and oversight to 17 flying wings and one regional support group, which provide strategic airlift, airdrop, aeromedical, air refueling and associated expeditionary support activities. Fourth Air Force’s responsibilities encompass 300 units and more than 33,500 personnel.
General Ogden has been assigned to a variety of units holding positions as an evaluator, pilot, tactics officer, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, commandant of cadets, operations planner, director of operations, squadron commander, group commander, wing commander, Military Deputy for Total Force Continuum, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs at Headquarters Air Force, Director, Air Force Reserve Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters Air Force. Prior to his current position, he was the Deputy Director for Global Policy and Partnerships on the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
General Ogden has also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Commander, 376th Operations Group, Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, and as the Deputy Director of Mobility Forces, U.S. Air Forces Central, Southwest Asia. He is a command pilot with more than 4,500 hours in air refueling and rescue aircraft.
1983 Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, Portland State University, Portland, Ore.
1983 Officer Training School, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
1987 Masters of Public Administration degree, Troy University, Troy, Ala.
1988 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2000 Air Command and Staff College, Air University, by correspondence
2005 Air War College, Air University, by correspondence
2010 Safety and Accident Investigation Board President Course, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
2011 Director of Mobility Forces Course, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
2012 Command Air Forces Senior Staff Course, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
2014 Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2016 CAPSTONE, National Defense University, Washington D.C.
1. December 1983 - September 1984, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Ft. Rucker, Ala.
2. October 1984 - December 1984, Student, Combat Crew Training, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.
3. January 1985 - December 1987, UH-1N Aircraft Commander and Tactics Officer, Detachment 9, 67th
Rescue Squadron, Zaragoza AB, Spain
4. January 1988 - December 1991, UH-1N Evaluator Pilot and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation,
1st Helicopter Squadron, 89th Airlift Wing, Andrews AFB, Md.
5. January 1992 - August 1995, Commandant of Cadets, Detachment 695, AFROTC, University of
6. September 1996 - April 2001, HH-60G Instructor Pilot and Director of Operations, 304th Rescue
Squadron, 939th RQW, Portland International Airport, Ore.
7. May 2001 - May 2005, KC-135R Instructor Pilot and Director of Operations, 939th Operational Support
Flight, 939th Air Refueling Wing, Portland IAP, Ore.
8. June 2005 - July 2007, KC-135R Evaluator Pilot and Commander, 756th ARS, 459th Air Refueling
Wing, Andrews AFB, Md.
9. August 2007 - March 2010, Operations Group Commander, 434th Air Refueling Wing, Grissom Air
Reserve Base, Ind. (May 2008 - August 2008, Operations Group Commander, 376th AEW, Manas AB, Kyrgyzstan)
10. April 2010 - August 2012, Commander, 916th Air Refueling Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. (March 2012 - July 2012, Deputy Director of Mobility Forces, U.S. Air Forces Central, Southwest Asia)
11. August 2012 - April 2014, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, 618th Air and Space Operations
Center, Tanker Airlift Control Center, Scott AFB, Ill.
12. April 2014 - October 2014, Military Deputy for Total Force Continuum, Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic
Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
13. October 2014 - June 2015, Director, Air Force Reserve Plans, Programs and Requirements,
Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
14. June 2015 - March 2017, J-5 Deputy Director for Global Policy and Partnerships, the Joint Staff,
15. March 2017 - present, Commander, 4th Air Force, March Air Reserve Base, Calif.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2015 - March 2017, J-5 Deputy Director for Global Policy and Partnerships, the Joint Staff,
Washington D.C., as a major general
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 4,500 hours
Aircraft flown: TH-55, UH-1H, UH-1N, HH-60G, T-1, and KC-135R
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with seven oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Combat Readiness Medal with eight oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Nov. 18, 1983
First Lieutenant Nov. 18, 1985
Captain Nov. 18, 1987
Major Oct. 1, 1997
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 4, 2003
Colonel Aug. 21, 2007
Brigadier General Jan. 3, 2014
Major General Dec. 7, 2016
(Current as of July 2017)