Brig. Gen. Douglas L. Raaberg is Deputy Director of Operations, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. He is responsible to CENTCOM's commander on all matters pertaining to the strategic and operational employment of assigned forces as well as the conduct of joint and combined combat operations. He is also responsible for the coordination of all aspects of operations, to include air, ground, naval and special operations forces in the CENTCOM area of responsibility.
General Raaberg was an honor graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1978. His assignments include squadron, group and wing command in B-1B, T-37, T-1, T-38 and B-2 operations. During his command of the 9th Bomb Squadron, the unit established a new world record for speed around the globe with refueling. He commanded the 7th Operations Group when the B-1B was employed in combat for the first time in Southwest Asia and subsequently in air operations over Kosovo.
General Raaberg has held staff assignments as a major command action officer, Presidential Advance Agent and Joint Chiefs of Staff political-military planner. He is a command pilot with more than 4,100 flying hours in a variety of aircraft.
1978 Bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1982 Master of science degree in systems management, University of Southern California
1990 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1996 Master of science degree in national security strategy, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2002 Center for Executive Leadership, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
2003 Capstone, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1. June 1978 - September 1979, student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, Okla.; student, KC-135A Combat Crew Training, Castle Air Force Base, Calif.
2. October 1979 - July 1983, KC-135A co-pilot, aircraft commander, 916th Air Refueling Squadron, Travis AFB, Calif.
3. August 1983 - May 1987, FB-111A pilot, instructor and evaluator pilot, 528th Bomb Squadron, Plattsburgh AFB, N.Y.
4. May 1987 - July 1990, action officer, Chief of Bomber Assignments Section, Deputy Chief of Command Assignments and Special Activities Branch, Directorate of Personnel, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
5. August 1990 - June 1991, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
6. July 1991 - June 1993, B-1B aircraft commander, instructor pilot and operations officer, 9th Bomb Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
7. June 1993 - June 1995, Commander, 9th Bomb Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
8. July 1995 - June 1996, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
9. June 1996 - May 1998, political-military planner, Middle East/Africa Division, Directorate of Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
10. May 1998 - March 2000, Commander, 7th Operations Group, Dyess AFB, Texas
11. March 2000 - April 2002, Commander, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance AFB, Okla.
12. April 2002 - April 2004, Commander, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
13. April 2004 - present, Deputy Director of Operations, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,100
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-1, T-38, KC-135A, FB-111A, B-1B and B-2
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
General and Mrs. Jerome F. O?Malley Award
1995 MacKay Trophy, U.S. Air Force Most Meritorious Flight of the Year
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 31, 1978
First Lieutenant May 31, 1980
Captain May 31, 1982
Major Dec. 1, 1988
Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 1993
Colonel Aug. 1, 1998
Brigadier General Jan. 1, 2004