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Timothy Michael Ray[1] is a United States Air Force general who currently serves as the commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. He concurrently serves as the commander of Air Forces Strategic – Air, United States Strategic Command. His two previous assignments were as the Deputy Commander, United States European Command, and as the Commander, Third Air Force. He previously served as the Director of Global Power Programs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington, D.C.[2]

Military career

Ray is a native of DeLand, Florida.[3] In February 2018, he was nominated for promotion to general[4] and reassignment as the commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command.[5] This nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate in March 2018.[4] Prior to his current assignment, Ray served as the Deputy Commander, United States European Command in Stuttgart, Germany.


  • 1985 Bachelor of Science degree in Human Factors Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • 1994 Distinguished graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 1998 Master of Science degree in aviation sciences and management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
  • 1998 Distinguished graduate, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2004 Master of Science degree in strategic studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2008 Senior Executive Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


1. August 1985 – August 1987, student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
2. August 1987 – October 1987, student, B-52 combat crew training, Castle AFB, Calif.
3. November 1987 – March 1993, B-52 flight commander, instructor and evaluator pilot, 23rd Bomb Squadron, Minot AFB, N.D.
4. March 1993 – March 1994, B-52 Flying Training Unit instructor pilot, Castle AFB, Calif.
5. March 1994 – June 1997, B-52 FTU instructor pilot and executive officer, 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, La.
6. June 1997 – July 1998, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. July 1998 – October 2000, Deputy Chief, Aircraft Team, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
8. October 2000 – June 2001, operations officer, 11th Bomb Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
9. June 2001 – July 2003, Commander, 96th Bomb Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
10. August 2003 – June 2004, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
11. July 2004 – September 2005, Chief, Training, Readiness, Exercises and NEO Division (J37), U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Army Garrison, South Korea
12. September 2005 – July 2006, Vice Commander, 5th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB, N.D.
13. July 2006 – June 2008, Commander, 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess AFB, Texas
14. July 2008 – July 2009, Deputy Director of Air and Space Operations at Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
15. August 2009 – August 2011, Director of Operations, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, La.
16. August 2011 – September 2012, Commanding General, NATO Air Training Command – Afghanistan, NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan and Commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan
17. September 2012 – January 2014, Director, Operational Planning, Policy and Strategy, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
18. February 2014 – June 2015, Director, Global Power Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
19. July 2015 – October 2016, Commander, 3rd Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
20. November 2016 – August 2018, Deputy Commander, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany
21. August 2018 – present, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, and Commander, Air Forces Strategic – Air, U.S. Strategic Command, Barksdale AFB, La.

Flight information

Rating: Command Pilot.
Flight hours: more than 4,000.
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, B-52G, B-52H, B-1B, C-21, C-27A and C-208.

Awards and decorations

US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg
Basic Parachutist Badge

USAF - Occupational Badge - Missile Operations.svg
Senior Missile Operations Badge
Headquarters US Air Force Badge.png
Headquarters Air Force Badge
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges.
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Meritorious Service Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
"V" device, brass.svg
Silver oakleaf-3d.svg
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device, one silver and one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Combat Readiness Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars
Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
Korea Defense Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold frame and silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Silver oakleaf-3d.svg
Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with service star
Air Force Training Ribbon
Sam IL Security Medal Ribbon.png
Order of National Security Merit Sam-Il Medal (Republic of Korea)
NATO Medal for service with ISAF

Effective dates of promotion

Insignia Rank Date
US-O10 insignia.svg
General Aug. 21, 2018
US-O9 insignia.svg
Lieutenant General July 2, 2015
US-O8 insignia.svg
Major General June 2, 2013
US-O7 insignia.svg
Brigadier General Nov. 2, 2009
US-O6 insignia.svg
Colonel Aug. 1, 2004
US-O5 insignia.svg
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2000
US-O4 insignia.svg
Major Feb. 1, 1997
US-O3 insignia.svg
Captain May 29, 1989
US-O2 insignia.svg
First Lieutenant May 29, 1987
US-O1 insignia.svg
Second Lieutenant May 29, 1985


  1. ^ Polaris (PDF). XXVII. Colorado Springs, Colorado: United States Air Force Academy. 1985. p. 84. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Lieutenant General Timothy M. Ray". United States Air Force. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b "PN1665 — Lt. Gen. Timothy M. Ray — Air Force". U.S. Congress. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  5. ^ "General Officer Announcements". U.S. Department of Defense. 1 March 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018.

External links

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Air Force document: "General Timothy M. Ray".

Military offices
Preceded by
William B. Garrett III
Deputy Commander of the United States European Command
Succeeded by
Stephen Twitty
Preceded by
Darryl Roberson
Commander, Third Air Force
Succeeded by
Richard M. Clark
Preceded by
Robin Rand
Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command
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