Maj. Gen. Barbara J. Faulkenberry is the Vice Commander, 18th Air Force, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. As Air Mobility Command’s sole warfighting numbered air force, 18th Air Force is responsible for the command’s worldwide operational mission of providing rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America’s armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation, and contingency response. With more than 39,000 active-duty Airmen, Reservists and civilians and approximately 1,300 aircraft, the 18th Air Force manages the global air mobility enterprise through the 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), 11 wings and two stand-alone groups
General Faulkenberry entered the Air Force in 1982 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Her career includes a variety of operational and staff positions to include squadron, group, wing, and task force command. She has also deployed as a squadron commander in Operation Southern Watch; a deputy operations group commander in Operation Iraqi Freedom; a vice wing commander in Operation Enduring Freedom; and as the Director of Mobility Forces for the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. She served on the staff at U.S. Air Force Academy, and held two assignments on the Joint Staff J5, Directorate of Strategic Plans and Policy.
Prior to her current assignment, the general was Director for Logistics, U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany, where she served as the principal Logistics adviser to the Commander, U.S. Africa Command, responsible for executing all Department of Defense logistics activities in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility. General Faulkenberry was selected by the U.S. Junior Chamber (Jaycees) as a “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” in 1997 and is also a 12-time Military Racquetball champion.