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COL. RICHARD L. OBERT

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Colonel Richard Obert is the Director of the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2), Randolph Air Base, Texas. As Director he leads a diverse team that supports approximately 11,000 Airman and provides well-coordinated and personalized support to WII Airmen, their caregivers, and families.
Colonel Obert was born in Biloxi Mississippi and raised in Ft. Worth Texas. After completing his undergraduate degree at Southern Methodist University, he received his commission through the Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, He is a senior navigator with more than 2200 flying hours, including 496 combat hours in Iraq and Afghanistan, in the MC-130E and MC-130H.

 

EDUCATION


1998 Bachelor of Arts in History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
2005 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2005 U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Hurlburt Field, FL
2009 Masters in Human Relations, University of Oklahoma , Norman, OK
2010 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2011 Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS
2014 Joint Forces Staff College JPME Phase II, Norfolk, VA
2016 Air War College, by correspondence

 

ASSIGNMENTS


1. May 1999 - August 1999, Student, Air Force Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2. August 1999 - July 2000, Student, Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, TX
3. July 2000 - December 2000, MC-130E Initial Qualification Course, Hurlburt Field, FL
4. December 2000 - August 2006, Evaluator Electronic Warfare Officer, 8th Special Ops Squadron, Duke
Field, FL
5. August 2006 - January 2011, Evaluator Electronic warfare Officer, 1 Special Ops Squadron Kadena
AB, Japan
6. January 2011 - December 2011 Student, Army Command & General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS
7. December 2011 - April 2014, Air Ops Planner, United States Special Operations Command,
Ft Bragg, NC
8. April 2014 - July 2016, Director of Operations, 435th Contingency Response Squadron,
Ramstein AB, Germany
9. July 2016 – July 2018, Commander, 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron, Ramstein AB, Germany
10. July 2018 - July 2020, Director of Force Management, Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB,
Florida
11. July 2020 – Present, Director Air Force Wounded Warrior Program, Air Force Personnel Center,
Randolph AFB, Texas


FLIGHT INFORMATION


Rating: Senior Navigator
Flight Hours: More than 2200 Aircraft Flown: T-43, MC-130E, MC-130H
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with 6 oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS


2002 BG Ross G. Hoyt Award, Best Air Refueling Crew in the U.S. Air Force
2015 435th Air Ground Operations Wing Field Grade Officer of the Year

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION


Second Lieutenant August 1999
First Lieutenant August 2001
Captain August 2003
Major November 2009
Lieutenant Colonel December 2014
Colonel November 2020

 

(Current as of November 2020)