Armed Forces

Featured Member of the Armed Forces for Prayer

General Robin Rand, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command

Robin Rand was born in 1956. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and then served with the Air Forces Southern at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. He has held commands in the 36th Fighter Squadron, USAF Weapons School, 8th Fighter Wing, 56th Fighter Wing, and 43rd Air Expeditionary Wing at Balad Air Base, Iraq. He is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours, including more than 470 combat hours.

He formerly served as the commander of Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. His command included the Air Force Recruiting Service and Air University that trains more than 293,000 students per year across 12 bases. They boast more than 67,900 active duty, Reserve, Guard, civillians and contractors.

Rand was promoted to the grade of General in 2013 and confirmed by the Senate. Two years later, he was nominated and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the first four-star commander of the global Strike command.


General Robin Rand, Commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command, said there are no plans at this time to add more strategic bombers to the Pacific theater. Those aircraft are often flown to act as a deterrent against hostile nations, such as North Korea that continues to threaten the U.S. and its allies.

Earlier in May, two Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flew near the Korean peninsula days after North Korea conducted another ballistic missile launch. The U.S. military has maintained a deployed strategic bomber presence in the Pacific since 2004.

How the U.S. military intends to respond to North Korean provocations remains unclear. When asked if the U.S. may be gearing up to shoot down the next North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test, Rand said, “I don’t have any information on that.”