|COLONEL RICHARD L. KEMBLE|
Col. Richard L. Kemble is vice commander 94th Airlift Wing, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. The wing is equipped with eight C-130-H2 cargo aircraft which support theater forces for re-supply missions, routine airlift requirements of the theater commander and airlift employment operations within the combat zone or forward area. In addition, the aircraft also provides aeromedical and refugee evacuation and augments strategic airlift forces. The wing supports joint service and multi-national airlift missions both in the United States and around the world.
The wing is comprised of over 2,500 personnel comprised of a headquarters, three groups and 13 squadrons. Additionally, Kemble has command responsibility for the entire installation serving as host for over 12,000 tenant personnel and 13 tenant units, including 22nd Air Force, AF Plant 6 and Lockheed-Martin, the Georgia Army and Air National Guard, and the Army, Navy and Marine Corps Reserves.
Kemble earned a bachelor's degree in experimental psychology from the University of South Carolina and was commissioned in 1988 as a second lieutenant through the university's reserve officers training corps program. He joined the Air Force Reserve in 1998 at the 701st Airlift Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.
Kemble has supported multiple contingency operations and was among the first aircrews to support the 173rd Airborne Brigade in northern Iraq in 2003. In 2005, he was awarded Air Force Reserve Command Tactician of Year for outstanding employment and major improvements in the development of tactical programs.
Kemble is a command pilot with 5,800 flying hours.
1987 Bachelor of Arts in Experimental Psychology, University of South Carolina, Columbia S.C.
1995 Squadron Officer School
2001 Air Command and Staff College
2004 Master of Science in Management, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
2007 Air War College
1. November 1988 - January 1990, student, undergraduate pilot training, Vance AFB, Okla.
2. April 1990 - June 1993, C-141 Special Operations Low Level (SOLL II), Charleston AFB, S.C.
3. June 1993 - June 1995, C-141 examiner aircraft commander, Charleston AFB, S.C.
4. June 1995 - June 1996, TACC exercise and contingency director, HQ AMC, Scott AFB, Ill.
5. June 1996 - January 1998, civil engineer, HQ AMC, Scott AFB, Ill.
6. January 1998 - July 2002, C-17A examiner aircraft commander, 701st AS, Charleston AFB, S.C.
7. July 2002 - March 2006, chief of tactics, 315th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, S.C.
8. March 2006 - July 2007, chief of safety, 315th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, S.C.
9. July 2007 - January 2008, commander, 315th Operations Support Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C.
10. January 2008 - February 2009, commander, 300th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C.
11. February 2009 - August 2010, 1AF/AFNSEP/NORTHCOM Emergency Preparedness liaison officer for the State of South Carolina, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
12. August 2010 - Present, vice commander, 94th Airlift Wing, Dobbins ARB, Ga.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight Hours: 5,600
Aircraft flown: T-41, T-37, T-38, C-141B, C-17A and C-130
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Combat Readiness Medal with six oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Southwest Asia Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Air Force Longevity Service with three oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with one 'M' Device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol)
Air Force Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Sept. 2, 1988
First Lieutenant Sept. 2, 1990
Captain Sept. 2, 1992
Major June 23, 2000
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 30, 2004
Colonel Dec. 1, 2008
(Current as of October 2012)