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BRIGADIER GENERAL RICHARD L. KEMBLE

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Brig. Gen. Richard L. Kemble is the Director, Air Force Reserve Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. He is responsible for planning and programming a force of more than 70,000 personnel and the flying hours for 17 types of aircraft in combat air forces; mobility air forces; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; tankers, training, weather reconnaissance and special operations. Plans, Programs and Requirements analyzes a $110 billion dollars-per-year program that recommends and presents options to senior leaders and is the Air Force Reserve conduit for coordinating change with the Chief of the Air Force Reserve to meet the needs of the Air Force.

Brig. Gen. Kemble entered the Air Force in 1988 as a distinguished graduate of the University of South Carolina Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

He separated from active duty in 1998 and entered the Air Force Reserve at the 701st Airlift Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base,
South Carolina. As a member of the Air Force and Air Force Reserve, he has flown or directed combat operations supporting numerous conflicts and contingencies. From July to November 2013, Brig. Gen. Kemble was deployed as the Combined Air and Space Operations Center Deputy Director of Mobility Forces in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Prior to his current assignment, Brig. Gen. Kemble was the Wing Commander, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia. He is a command pilot with over 6,000 flying hours in the C-141B, C-17A and C-130H aircraft.

EDUCATION:
1987 Bachelor of Arts, University of South Carolina, Columbia
1995 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence and in residence 2001 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2004 Master of Business Administration/Management, Webster University, Webster Groves, Mo. 2007 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2015 Reserve Component National Security Course, National Defense University, Washington, D.C. 2018 Director of Mobility Forces Course, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

ASSIGNMENTS:
1. November 1988-January 1990, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance Air Force Base, Okla.
2. April 1990-April 1993, C-141B Instructor Pilot, Charleston AFB, S.C.
3. April 1993-June 1995, C-141B Examiner Aircraft Commander, Charleston AFB, S.C.
4. June 1995-June 1996, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Exercise and Contingency Director, Tanker Airlift Control Center, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
5. June 1996-January 1998, Civil Engineer, AMC Facilities Program Manager, Headquarters AMC, Scott AFB, Ill.
6. January 1998-July 2002, C-17A Examiner Aircraft Commander, 701st Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C.
7. July 2002-March 2006, Chief of Tactics, 315th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, S.C.
8. March 2006-July 2007, Chief of Safety, 315th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, S.C.
9. July 2007-January 2008, Commander, 315th Operations Support Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C.
10. January 2008-February 2009, Commander, 300th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AF, SC
11. February 2009-August 2010, 1st Air Force, Air Force National Security Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Northern Command Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for the State of South Carolina, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
12. August 2010-February 2014, Vice Commander, 94th Airlift Wing, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga.
13. July 2013-November 2013, Deputy Director of Mobility Forces, 609th Combined Air Operations Center, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar
14. March 2014-November 2015, Chief, Deployment and Distribution Operations Center, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
15. November 2015-February 2017, Vice Commander, 22nd Air Force, Dobbins ARB, Ga.
16. February 2017-January 2018, Mobilization Assistant, Headquarters AMC, Scott AFB, Ill.
17. Jan 2018-December 2019, Commander, 94th Airlift Wing, Dobbins ARB, Ga.
18. December 2019-present, Director, Air Force Reserve Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS:
1. March 2014-November 2015, Chief, Deployment and Distribution Operations Center, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., as a colonel

FLIGHT INFORMATION:
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 6000 hours
Aircraft flown: T-41, T-37, T-38, C-141B, C-17A, and C-130H

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant Sept. 2, 1988
First Lieutenant Sept. 2, 1990
Captain Sept. 2, 1992
Major June 23, 2000
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 30, 2004
Colonel Dec. 1, 2008
Brigadier General Dec. 2, 2017

(Current as of July 2020)