Retired Dec. 1, 1998.
Brigadier General Gary M. Rubus is commander of the 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. The 325th Fighter Wing, comprised of 4,400 personnel and 77 F-15 aircraft, trains pilots, controllers and support personnel for worldwide assignment to combat air superiority units.
The general received his commission as a distinguished graduate of Dartmouth College's Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He qualified as an F-4 aircraft commander directly from pilot training and began his career in fighter operations and testing with an extended combat tour in Southeast Asia. He has instructed at the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School and managed squadron, wing, and major command weapons and tactics programs. He was test director and chief pilot for the initial operational test and evaluation of the F-15E. The general has commanded fighter units at the flight, squadron and wing level. His experience in political-military affairs includes sequential tours in Moscow as air attach to the Soviet Union and defense attach to the Russian Federation, followed by a posting to the Joint Staff as deputy director for international negotiations, strategic plans and policy directorate.
1967 Bachelor of arts degree in Russian language and literature, Dartmouth College
1972 USAF Fighter Weapons Instructor Course
1973 Squadron Officer School
1986 Air War College
1989 Master of arts degree in national security studies, California State University
1991 Russian language and area studies, Foreign Service Institute
1995 CAPSTONE, National Defense University
1996 National Security Leadership Course, Syracuse University and Johns Hopkins University
1997 Seminar XXI, Foreign Political and International Relations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1997 Program for Senior Officials in National Security, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Mass.
1. July 1967 - August 1968, undergraduate pilot training, Webb Air Force Base, Texas
2. September 1968 - March 1969, F-4 qualification training, 434th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 431st Tactical Fighter Wing, George Air Force Base, Calif.
3. April 1969 - December 1970, F-4 aircraft commander, 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand
4. January 1971 - December 1973, F-4 instructor pilot, 307th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 31st Tactical Fighter Wing, Homestead Air Force Base, Fla., with deployment to Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand
5. January 1974 - June 1976, F-4 aerial attack instructor, U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, 414th Fighter Weapons Squadron, 57th Fighter Weapons Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
6. July 1976 - June 1977, F-4 squadron weapons officer, 36th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 51st Composite Wing, Osan Air Base, South Korea
7. July 1977 - July 1980, readiness initiatives officer and Red Flag program manager, directorate of fighter operations, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
8. August 1980 - November 1980, F-15 qualification training, 461st Tactical Fighter Squadron, 405th Tactical Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
9. December 1980 - March 1984, F-15 flight commander (8th Tactical Fighter Squadron), wing weapons officer, squadron operation officer (7th and 9th Tactical Fighter Squadron), 49th Tactical Fighter Wing, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.
10. April 1984 - March 1985, chief, weapons and tactics division, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany
11. April 1985 - March 1987, commander, 81st Tactical Fighter Squadron, assistant director for operations, 52nd Tactical Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, West Germany
12. April 1987 - November 1989, director and chief pilot, F-15E operational test and evaluation, Detachment 5, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Command, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
13. December 1989 - March 1990, director of research and Soviet studies, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Bolling Air Force Base, D.C.
14. April 1990 - July 1990, attach training, Defense Intelligence College, Bolling Air Force Base, D.C.
15. August 1990 - July 1991, Russian language and area studies, Foreign Service Institute, Roslynn, Va.
16. August 1991 - July 1993, air attach to the Soviet Union (later the Russian Federation), U.S. Embassy, Moscow, Russia
17. August 1993 - July 1995, defense attach to the Russian Federation, U.S. Embassy, Moscow, Russia
18. August 1995 - May 1997, assistant to the director for strategic plans and policy, J-5, the Joint Staff, and deputy director for international negotiations, strategic plans and policy directorate, J-5, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
19. May 1997 - present, commander, 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: 4,500 hours, including 375 combat missions in Southeast Asia
Aircraft flown: F-4C/D/E/G and F-15A/C/E
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with 24 oak leaf clusters
Vietnam Service Medal with seven service stars
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
1972 Last U.S. Air Force fighter-on-fighter aerial victory with a cannon
1982 William Tell, F-15 pilot competitor, individual event winner
Associate member, Society of Experimental Test Pilots
Competition sailplane pilot
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Jun 10, 1967
First Lieutenant Jan 29, 1969
Captain Jul 29, 1970
Major Jun 1, 1979
Lieutenant Colonel Oct 1, 1983
Colonel Feb 1, 1989
Brigadier General Aug 1, 1994