Brig. Gen. Robert A. “Randy” Huston is the Commander NATO Headquarters, Sarajevo, and Senior Military Representative to the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). In this capacity, he advises the BiH authorities on military aspects of security sector reform and commands all NATO Forces operating in BiH. This role includes working with the European Union Forces to ensure a stable and secure country, and compliance with the General Framework Agreement for Peace (Dayton Peace Agreement). General Huston advises BiH authorities on the implementation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Partnership for Peace Program, as well as furthers the reform required for successful NATO membership.
General Huston received his commission in 1987 following graduation from the Air Force Officer Training School. He earned his pilot wings in March 1988 at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, and began his flying career as a C-141 pilot at Charleston AFB, S.C. He previously served as the Air Force Reserve adviser to the Assistants to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard and Reserve Matters and was the U.S. Director of Logistics at the Bulgarian National Logistics Coordination Center. He also commanded the 624th Regional Support Group, the 13th Air Expeditionary Wing – Cope Tiger, and Joint Task Force – South for President Obama’s visit to the African Continent.
General Huston has a wide variety of combat and contingency experiences which include deployments in support of operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Just Cause, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Juniper Micron.
1986 Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry, Rollins College, Fla.
1992 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1995 Diplôme, Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, Paris
1996 Master's degree in Public and Private Management, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
1998 Air Force Advanced Instrument School, Randolph AFB, Texas
2000 Leaders for the 21st Century Course, The George C. Marshall Center for Strategic Studies, Garmisch, Germany
2005 Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, College of Naval Warfare, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2006 Reserve Components National Security Course, Crystal City, Va.
2007 Joint Air and Space Operations Senior Staff Course, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
2008 Commander Air Force Forces Senior Staff Course, Fort Dix, N.J.
2008 Senior Executive Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2008 Operations Group Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2009 Wing Commander Course, Robins AFB, Ga.
2016 Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century (AFSO21) Executive Leadership Course
1. March 1987 - March 1988, student, undergraduate pilot training, Reese AFB, Texas
2. March 1988 - June 1988, C-141 pilot training, Altus AFB, Okla.
3. June 1988 - May 1991, C-141 aircraft commander, 20th Military Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C.
4. May 1991 - October 1991, T-38 instructor pilot training, Randolph AFB, Texas
5. October 1991 - June 1994, T-38 instructor pilot and academic instructor, 86th Flying Training Squadron and 47th Operational Support Squadron, Laughlin AFB, Texas
6. September 1997 - November 1997, C-17 pilot training, Altus AFB, Okla.
7. November 1997 - March 2003, C-17 instructor aircraft commander, chief pilot, squadron executive officer, 701st Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C.
8. March 2003 - May 2003, 409th Air Expeditionary Group's liaison to the US Embassy in Sofia, and the US Director of Logistics at the Bulgarian National Logistics Coordination Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
9. May 2003 - February 2004, chief pilot and instructor aircraft commander, 701st Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C.
10. February 2004 - May 2004, deputy group commander, 362nd Air Expeditionary Group, Rhein Main AB, Germany
11. May 2004 - June 2004, chief pilot and instructor aircraft commander, 701st Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C.
12. June 2004 - June 2005, student, College of Naval Warfare, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
13. June 2005 - May 2006, assistant operations officer and instructor aircraft Commander, 701st Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C.
14. May 2006 - January 2008, senior manpower/personnel adviser and principle Air Force Reserve adviser to the assistants to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard and Reserve Matters, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
15. January 2008 - January 2009, reserve adviser to the 13th AF Commander, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
16. January 2009 – April 2012, Commander, 624th Regional Support Group, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
17. March 2009, 2010 & 2011, Commander, 13th Air Expeditionary Wing - Cope Tiger, Korat Royal Thai AFB, Thailand
18. April 2012 – January 2015, reserve adviser to the Commander, United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, Ramstein AB, Germany
19. January 2015 – June 2017, Mobilization Assistant to the 3rd AF and 17th EAF Vice Commander, Ramstein AB, Germany
20. June 2017– present, Commander, NATO Headquarters Sarajevo and Senior Military Representative to the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Camp Butmir, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,000
Aircraft flown: C-141, T-38, C-17
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Combat Readiness Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars
Kosovo Campaign Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal with four bronze stars
Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait
1992 Distinguished graduate, Squadron Officer School
1992-1994 Five-time winner - Outstanding Academic Instructor Award
1996 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship recipient to Russia
1999 Reserve exchange officer to the German Air Force
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutions
Reserve Officers Association
Naval War College Foundation
Yale and Harvard Alumni Associations
Air Line Pilots Association
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant March 1987
First Lieutenant March 1989
Captain March 1991
Major September 1999
Lieutenant Colonel September 2003
Colonel December 2007
Brigadier General December 2015
(Current as of September 2017)