Brig. Gen. Richard L. Kemble is Commander of the 94th Airlift Wing, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia. The wing is equipped with eight C-130H3 cargo aircraft that support 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, and includes a headquarters element, three groups and 13 squadrons.
Additionally, General 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, Air Force Plant 6 and Lockheed-Martin, the Georgia Army and Air National Guard and the Army, Navy and Marine Corps Reserves.
General Kemble entered the Air Force in 1988 as a distinguished graduate of the University of South Carolina Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He separated from active duty in 1998 and entered the Air Force Reserve at the 701st Airlift Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina. As a member of the Air Force and Air Force Reserve, he has flown or directed combat operations supporting numerous conflicts and contingencies. From July to November 2013, General Kemble was deployed as the Combined Air and Space Operations Center Deputy Director of Mobility Forces in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Prior to his current assignment, General Kemble was the Mobilization Assistant to the Director, Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Illinois. He is a command pilot with over 5,600 flying hours in C-141B, C-17A and C-130H aircraft.
1987 Bachelor of Arts, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.
1995 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence and in residence, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2001 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2004 Master in Business Administration/ Management, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
2007 Air War College, by correspondence
2015 Reserve Component National Security Course, National Defense University
1. November 1988 - January 1990, Student, undergraduate pilot training, Vance AFB, Okla.
2. April 1990 - April 1993, C-141B Instructor Pilot, Charleston AFB, S.C.
3. April 1993 - June 1995, C-141B Examiner Aircraft Commander, Charleston AFB, S.C.
4. June 1995 - June 1996, CJCS exercise and contingency director, TACC, HQ AMC, Scott AFB, Ill.
5. June 1996 - January 1998, Civil Engineer, AMC (ERS) facilities program mgr, 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 – Feb 2014, Vice Commander, 94th Airlift Wing, Dobbins ARB, Ga.
13. July 2013 – November 2013, Deputy Director of Mobility Forces, 609th CAOC, Al Udeid AB
14. March 2014 – November 2015, Chief, Deployment and Distribution Operations Center Chief, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
15. November 2015 – February 2017, Vice Commander, 22AF, Dobbins ARB, Ga.
16. February 2017 – Jan 2018, Mobilization Assistant, HQ AMC A5/8, Scott AFB, Ill.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS:
1. March 2014 – November 2015, Chief, Deployment and Distribution Operations Center Chief, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: 5,600
Aircraft flown: T-41, T-37, T-38, C-141B, C-17A, and C-130H
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with four 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
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 'M' Device
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
Brigadier General Dec. 2, 2017