Kenneth S. Wilsbach

Kenneth Stephen Wilsbach[1][2] is a General in the United States Air Force. He is the Commander, United States Pacific Air Forces; Commander, Air Component Command, United States Indo-Pacific Command, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Kenneth S. Wilsbach
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General Ken Wilsbach in 2020
Allegiance United States
Service/branchMark of the United States Air Force.svg United States Air Force
Years of service1985–present
RankUS Air Force O10 shoulderboard rotated.svg General
Commands heldPacific Air Forces
Seventh Air Force
Eleventh Air Force
9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force
18th Wing
53rd Wing
33rd Operations Group
19th Fighter Squadron
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (3)

Military careerEdit

 
Lieutenant General Kenneth S. Wilsbach at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska in 2018.

Wilsbach was commissioned in 1985 as a distinguished graduate of the University of Florida's Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program, and earned his pilot wings in 1986 at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. He has commanded a fighter squadron, an operations group, and two wings, and has held various staff assignments including Director of Operations, Combined Air Operations Center, and Director of Operations, United States Central Command.

Wilsbach served as Director of Operations for Pacific Air Forces at the Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. From 2006 through 2008 he served as Commander of the 53rd Wing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.[3]

Wilsbach was promoted to the rank of brigadier general on 17 August 2009 and served as the Commander of the 18th Wing at the Kadena Air Base, Japan.[4] He was the Commander, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force- Iraq; Commander-Air, U.S. Forces- Iraq; and Chief of Staff-Air, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command. He oversaw three air expeditionary air wings and three expeditionary groups consisting of more than 6,900 Airmen directly engaged in combat operations, and advised on joint expeditionary tasked/individual augmentee taskings in the Iraq combined joint operating area. Additionally, Wilsbach served as the Central Command Combined Forces Air Component Commander's personal representative to the Commander of Headquarters ISAF as well as the Commander-Air to the Commander U.S. Forces- Iraq, ensuring the optimal integration of air and space power in support of Headquarters ISAF and Operation Enduring Freedom missions.

In June 2018, while serving as commander of the Eleventh Air Force, Wilsbach was nominated for reassignment as deputy commander of United States Forces Korea and commander of the Seventh Air Force.[5] In May 2020, Wilsbach was nominated for promotion to general and reassignment as Commander, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), and Air Component Commander for United States Indo-Pacific Command.[6][7]

Wilsbach has flown 71 combat missions in Operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom.

 
Lieutenant General Kenneth S. Wilsbach Flying a Lockheed-Martin F-22 Raptor.
 
Lieutenant General Kenneth S. Wilsbach during the Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing at The Capitol Hill.
 
Lieutenant General Kenneth S. Wilsbach greeted U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis at Fairbank, Alaska.

EducationEdit

  • 1985 Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast communication, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • 1990 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 1992 USAF Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  • 1997 Master of Aerospace Science degree, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
  • 1998 Master of Science degree in national securities and strategic studies, Naval Command and Staff College, Newport, R.I.
  • 2003 Master of Arts degree in national security strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  • 2006 Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.
  • 2007 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2008 Program for Senior Executive Fellows, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 2010 Joint Forces Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2011 CAPSTONE Executive Development Course, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  • 2013 Coalition Forces Land Component Commander Course, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
  • 2014 End mission at Afghanistan.
  • 2015 Syria for special duty with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

AssignmentsEdit

  • November 1985 – October 1986, student, undergraduate pilot training, Laughlin AFB, Texas
  • July 1987 – February 1991, F-15 instructor pilot, 94th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
  • February 1991 – July 1993, F-15 instructor pilot and APG-63/70 Test Team Manager, 84th Test Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
  • July 1993 – May 1996, instructor pilot and Chief, Weapons and Tactics, 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan
  • May 1996 – July 1997, aide-de-camp to Commander in Chief, Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii
  • August 1997 – June 1998, student, Naval Command and Staff College, Newport, R.I.
  • September 1998 – June 2000, assistant operations officer, and operations officer, 19th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
  • June 2000 – May 2002, Commander, 19th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
  • July 2002 – June 2003, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  • July 2003 – July 2004, Director of Operations, Combined Air Operations Center, and Director of Operations, Central Command Air Forces Forward, Southwest Asia
  • September 2004 – May 2006, Commander, 33rd Operations Group, Eglin AFB, Fla.
  • May 2006 – April 2008, Commander, 53rd Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.
  • April 2008 – June 2009, Assistant Director of Operations, Plans, Requirements and Programs, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
  • July 2009 – June 2011, Commander, 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan
  • June 2011 – April 2013, Deputy Director for Operations, Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii
  • April 2013 – April 2014, Commander, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force; Commander, NATO Air Command-Afghanistan; Deputy Commander-Air, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan; and Deputy Chief of StaffAir, International Security Assistance Force-Afghanistan
  • May 2014 – August 2016, Director of Operations, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
  • August 2016 – August 2018, Commander, Alaskan Region, North American Aerospace Defense Command; Commander, Alaskan Command, U.S. Northern Command; and Commander, 11th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
  • August 2018 – July 2020, Deputy Commander, United States Forces Korea; Commander, Air Component Command, United Nations Command; Commander, Air Component Command, Combined Forces Command; and Commander, 7th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea
  • July 2020 – present, Commander, Pacific Air Forces; Air Component Commander for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command; and Executive Director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

Flight InformationEdit

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: More than 5,000
Aircraft flown: F-16C, F-22A, MC-12W, F-15A-D, T-38, T-37.

Awards and decorationsEdit

  US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
    Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
  Bronze Star Medal
  Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
    Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  Air Force Achievement Medal
    Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
  Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
    Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one silver and one bronze oak leaf clusters
  Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
  Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with service star
  Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  Korea Defense Service Medal
  Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
    Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with one silver and one bronze oak leaf clusters
    Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters and gold frame
     Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with service star
  Air Force Training Ribbon
  NATO Medal for service with ISAF
  Alaska Legion of Merit

PromotionsEdit

Promotions
Insignia Rank Date
  General 8 Jul 2020
  Lieutenant General 16 Aug 2016
  Major General 19 Apr 2013
  Brigadier General 17 Aug 2009
  Colonel 1 Jul 2004
  Lieutenant Colonel 1 Jul 1999
  Major 1 Dec 1995
  Captain 5 Sep 1989
  First Lieutenant 5 Sep 1987
  Second Lieutenant 18 Nov 1985

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kenneth Wilsbach - Recipient -". Military Medals Database. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Kenneth S. Wilsbach -". Air Force. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Duty Assignments". Archived from the original on 2012-07-16.
  4. ^ About Wilsbach Archived 2010-02-14 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "General Officer Announcements". U.S. Department of Defense. 21 June 2018. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  6. ^ "PN1822 — Lt. Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach — Air Force". U.S. Congress. 11 May 2020. Retrieved 2020-05-12.
  7. ^ "General Officer Announcements". U.S. Department of Defense. 15 May 2020. Retrieved 2020-05-15.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Thomas W. Bergeson
Commander of the Seventh Air Force
2018–2020
Succeeded by
Scott L. Pleus