Military Bios

Brigadier General Robin G. Tornow:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Retired June 1, 1993.  
Brigadier General Robin G. Tornow is commandant of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, with headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
General Tornow was born in 1942, in Monroe, Wis., and graduated from Watertown High School in 1960. He earned a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1964 and a master's degree in engineering mechanics from the University of Texas in 1972. The general completed Squadron Officer School in 1971, Air Command and Staff College in 1975, Armed Forces Staff College in 1976 and Air War College in 1983.
After receiving his commission from the academy, he completed undergraduate pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas. He then was assigned as a pilot with the 9th Military Airlift Squadron, Dover Air Force Base, Del., from August 1965 to November 1966. His next assignment was with the 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Republic of Vietnam, as a forward air controller in the 0-1 Bird Dog, supporting the 101st Airborne Division and the 5th Special Forces Group.
From July 1968 to July 1971 General Tornow was assigned to Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, England, as an F-100 pilot, 492nd Tactical Fighter Squadron. He later became wing plans officer and emergency actions officer with the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing. After completing graduate school, he returned to the U.S. Air Force Academy in January 1973, serving as a professor in the department of engineering mechanics until August 1976, when he attended Armed Forces Staff College.
In May 1977 the general transferred to Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, serving as flight commander and operations officer, 80th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing. From May 1978 to August 1982 he was assigned to the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. There he served as operations officer with the 336th Tactical Fighter Squadron, then as squadron commander, 334th Tactical Fighter Squadron.
After completing Air War College in June 1983, General Tornow was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., as assistant chief of the War and Mobilization Planning Division. In July 1984 he became deputy assistant director for Joint and National Security Council matters. The general served as vice commander, 56th Tactical Training Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., from June 1985 until December 1986, when he became commander of the 405th Tactical Training Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. In June 1988 he was assigned to Panama as commander of the U.S. Air Force Southern Air Division, later redesignated as the 830th Air Division. He assumed his present position in May 1990.
The general is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in a variety of aircraft including the C-141, 0-1, OA-37, F-100, F-4, F-15 and F-16. His military awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with 16 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, and Army Commendation Medal.
He was promoted to brigadier general Nov. 1, 1989, with same date of rank.


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