Air Force announces COMUSAFE retirement

The U.S. Air Force announced the retirement of Gen. Robert H. “Doc”
Foglesong, commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Tuesday. As the USAFE
commander, he also holds three other titles: commander, Allied Air
Component Command Ramstein; air component commander, U.S. European
Command, Ramstein AB, Germany; and director, Multinational Joint Air
Power Competence Center, Kalkar, Germany.

General Foglesong, who has a doctor of philosophy degree in chemical
engineering from West Virginia University, took command of USAFE in
August 2003. He earned his wings at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. His
aviation career includes more than 4,350 flying hours in various
aircraft, primarily in fighter and training assignments in the F-16,
F-15, A-10 and AT/T-38. He has been a commander six times. His staff
tours include duty as assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff in Washington, D.C; commander, 12th Air Force; commander, U.S.
Southern Command Air Forces; deputy chief of staff for Air and Space
Operations and vice chief of staff at Headquarters U.S. Air Force.

He has a number of notable achievements. During the general’s
tenure, USAFE stood up the Warfighting Headquarters
and educational Centers of Excellence for Expeditionary
Operations, Air Dominance and Joint Fires (the application of fire
power). The general also led a robust theater security cooperation
effort, with more than 60 countries visited and new relationships
established in USAFE’s area of operations. Since taking the USAFE
flag, he instituted 15 Combat and Special Interest Programs that have
significantly improved mission readiness and quality of life throughout
the command.

In addition, in August he was inducted into USAFE’s Order of the
Sword. Touted as “Airman among Airmen and a leader among leaders”
on the proclamation, the general’s induction is the highest honor the
Air Force enlisted corps can bestow upon a person. He has authored
nearly 60 published articles on scientific, leadership and military
subjects. He has an honorary doctorate in strategic intelligence
from the Joint Military Intelligence College, and is a member of West
Virginia University’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni and well as the
Chemical Engineering Academy.

He will be succeeded by Lt. Gen. William T. Hobbins, deputy chief of
staff, Warfighting Integration for Headquarters U.S. Air Force and
acting chief of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer,
Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.  General Hobbins was
confirmed for appointment to the grade of general and assignment as
USAFE commander on Oct. 28, 2005.  

General Hobbins is a 1969 Officer Training School graduate and command pilot with more than 4,275 flying hours.  
(Courtesy of USAFE news service)