Traditional reservist commands 10th Air Force
By Master Sgt. Bill Goben, 10th Air Force Public Affairs
/ Published October 24, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Maj. Gen. Allan R. Poulin assumed command of 10th Air Force during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth Jan. 20.
Lt. Gen. John A. Bradley, chief of Air Force Reserve and commander of Air Force Reserve Command, officiated the ceremony. General Poulin replaced Maj. Gen. David E. Tanzi, who became the AFRC vice commander Jan 21.
Before assuming command of 10th Air Force as a traditional reservist, General Poulin was the mobilization assistant to the commander of Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va., from March 2000 to January 2005.
From December 1997 to February 2000, he was MA to the commander of U.S. Air Forces Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Before that assignment, he was MA to the commander of 12th Air Force and U.S. Southern Command Air Forces, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., from January 1996 to December 1997.
At Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., he was vice commander of the 482nd Fighter Wing from August 1993 to January 1996, commander of the wing’s operations support squadron from October 1989 to August 1993 and commander of the 93rd Tactical Fighter Squadron from September 1986 to October 1989.
As 10th Air Force commander, General Poulin oversees the operation of all AFRC fighter, bomber, rescue, airborne warning and control, special operations, flying training, combat air operations battle staff, and space units. When mobilized, these units are gained by Air Combat Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Education and Training Command, Pacific Air Forces, Air Force Space Command, and Air Force Materiel Command.
Col. Jimmy Mills, 10th Air Force assistant vice commander, runs the day-to-day operation of the numbered air force when General Poulin is not on duty.