USAFE receives new vice commander

***image1***Lt. Gen. Robert D. Bishop Jr. assumed the position of U.S. Air Forces in Europe vice commander July 6.

In his new position, General Bishop will conduct and coordinate offensive and defensive air and space operations for U.S. European Command on behalf of the USAFE commander. The general will also be responsible for providing administrative and logistical support to all Air Force units and activities in USAFE’s geographical area of responsibility, which includes Europe and Russia, as well as regions in Africa and the Middle East. In addition, he will be in charge of Air Force negotiations with foreign and U.S. officials.

The general said he is excited about his new position.
“USAFE’s strategic presence and unparalleled readiness are key enablers for our nation,” said General Bishop. “As we continue to sustain and execute the Global War on Terrorism, I can’t think of a more exciting place to be than here in USAFE.

“I look forward to the opportunity of building lasting relationships with our host-nation friends and allies and working with the courageous men and women of USAFE, as well as any challenges this new position brings,” the general added.

And, General Bishop is up to the challenge, said Gen. Robert H. “Doc” Foglesong, USAFE commander.

“Our efforts today ensure our forces are ready to meet the challenges of the future,” said General Foglesong. “General Bishop brings with him the correct strategic vision and focus that’s needed to forge ahead as we continue to lead the way for the most respected, all-purpose air and space force in the world.”

The general, who is a command pilot with more than 5,300 flight hours in the C-141, T-41 and C-17, was previously assigned as the assistant deputy chief of staff for Air and Space Operations at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon. He has extensive wartime and contingency experience, and with tours at four strategic airlift bases, he also has a vast mobility background.
(Courtesy of USAFE News Service)