Retired Aug. 1, 2003.
Maj. Gen. Robert F. Behler is Commander of the Air Force Command and Control, and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center, Langley Air Force Base, Va. General Behler is responsible for integrating command and control, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for the Air Force to reduce duplication of effort, increase commonality and enable the Expeditionary Air Force. He is also the implementing agent for Air Force experimentation. The center comprises 780 people, and defines C2 and ISR requirements and operational concepts, develops open architectures, and manages C2 and ISR systems and budgets. It consists of a headquarters staff at Langley AFB, and field units at the Air Force's Command and Control Battlelab and the C2 Training and Innovation Group at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The AF2ISRC also has liaison offices at Air Force major command headquarters, Air Force Materiel Command centers, and Department of Defense organizations.
General Behler entered the Air Force in 1972 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Oklahoma. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the College of Engineering where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in aerospace engineering. General Behler is also a distinguished graduate of undergraduate pilot training at Reese AFB, Texas, and the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, Calif. He has commanded the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, the 9th Operations Group and the 9th Reconnaissance Wing. The general is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours in 65 types of aircraft, including the SR-71 and U-2.
1970 Bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman
1972 Master of science degree in aerospace engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman
1975 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1982 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
1985 National Security Management Course, by correspondence
1986 Air War College, by correspondence
1990 National Security Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1991 Master of business administration degree, Marymount University, College Park, Md.
1991 Program for Senior Officials in National Security, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2000 Executive Program for General Officers of the Russian Federation and the United States, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1. May 1972 - April 1973, student, undergraduate pilot training, Reese AFB, Texas
2. May 1973 - July 1976, C-9A instructor aircraft commander, 11th Aeromedical Airlift Squadron, Scott AFB, Ill.
3. July 1976 - November 1980, student, and later, instructor, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
4. November 1980 - July 1981, operations officer, Office of Advanced Manned Vehicles, Edwards AFB, Calif.
5. July 1981 - February 1982, student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
6. February 1982 - June 1985, SR-71 aircraft commander, T-38 instructor pilot and operations officer, 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, Beale AFB, Calif.
7. June 1985 - July 1986, SR-71 deputy commander for operations, Detachment 4, 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England
8. July 1986 - June 1988, Commander, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, Edwards AFB, Calif.
9. June 1988 - July 1990, Assistant for Strategic Systems to the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
10. July 1990 - July 1991, National Security Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
11. July 1991 - November 1991, Special Assistant to the Director of Operations, 9th Operations Group, Beale AFB, Calif.
12. November 1991 - August 1993, Commander, 9th Operations Group, Beale AFB, Calif.
13. August 1993 - September 1995, Chief, Senate Liaison Office, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Legislative Liaison, Washington, D.C.
14. September 1995 - April 1997, Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale AFB, Calif.
15. April 1997 - August 1999, Director for Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
16. August 1999 - March 2000, Chief of Staff, Headquarters Allied Forces North Europe, NATO, Stavanger, Norway
17. March 2000 - March 2001, Deputy Commander, Joint Command North, NATO, Stavanger, Norway
18. April 2001 - August 2001, Special Assistant to the Commander, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
19. August 2001 April 2002, Commander, Aerospace Command and Control, and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
20. May 2002 present, Commander, Air Force Command and Control, and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center, Langley AFB, Va.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 5,000
Aircraft flown: A-37, C-9A, KC-135, SR-71, T-33, T-38, U-2 and UV-18
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with two service stars
Humanitarian Service Medal
Recipient, 15th Air Force Reconnaissance Crew of the Year
First recipient, General Jerome F. O'Malley Award for Best Reconnaissance Crew in the Air Force, Air Force Association
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Associate Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots
Order of Daedalians
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 14, 1972
First Lieutenant May 14, 1974
Captain May 15, 1976
Major Nov 17, 1980
Lieutenant Colonel Mar 1, 1986
Colonel Oct 1, 1989
Brigadier General Sep 1, 1996
Major General Dec 1, 1999