General Officer Biography



Brigadier General Bobby L. Brittain is the assistant adjutant general for the New York Air National Guard. General Brittain functions as the Director of Operations and Logistics for the State of New York and is responsible for five flying wings and five Geographically Separated Units. He monitors SORTS, Inspections, Plans, Air Space issues, and other Operations and Logistics issues.

The general enlisted in the Arkansas Air National Guard in September of 1969 and served as a still photo helper until being commissioned in June of 1970. Following his commissioning and completing undergraduate pilot training, General Brittain held numerous positions prior to being assigned as the deputy commander for operations at the 189th Tactical Airlift Group at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. General Brittain next accepted an assignment at the Air National Guard Readiness Center (ANGRC) as the chief of current operations for the Air National Guard (ANG). The general subsequently became the assistant director of operations for the Air National Guard. He then accepted a follow-on assignment as the ANG advisor to the director of operations at Headquarters Air Combat Command (HQ ACC/DOL), Langley Air Force Base, Va. Following his assignment with ACC the general was selected as the commander of the 106th Rescue Wing, Westhampton Beach, N.Y. He is a command pilot with more than 4,900 flying hours.


1969 Bachelor of arts degree in economics, Hendrix College, Conway, Ark.
1974 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1980 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1991 National Security Management Course


1. June 1970 - August 1971, student, undergraduate pilot training, 3576th Student Squadron, Vance Air Force Base, Okla.
2. August 1971 - February 1972, RF-101 student pilot, 154th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.
3. February 1972 - January 1976, RF-101 tactical pilot, 154th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.
4. January 1976 - October 1978, KC-135 pilot, 154th Air Refueling Squadron, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.
5. October 1978 - March 1980, chief, command and control, 189th Air Refueling Group, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.
6. March 1980 - October 1986, chief, operations and training, 189th Air Refueling Group, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.
7. October 1986 - June 1990, deputy commander for operations, 189th Tactical Airlift Group, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.
8. June 1990 - March 1991, chief, current operations branch, National Guard Bureau, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
9. March 1991 - January 1994, chief, Air Mobility Command current operations division, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
10. January 1994 - August 1997, Air National Guard advisor for operations, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
11. August 1997 - September 2001, commander, 106th Rescue Wing, F. S. Gabreski Airport, Westhampton Beach, N.Y.
12. September 2001 - present, assistant adjutant general, Headquarters New York Air National Guard, Latham, N.Y.


Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,900
Aircraft flown: F-101B/F, RF-101G/C, KC-135A/E, C-131D, C-130E/H3, 
HC-130N/P, and HH-60G


Legion of Merit
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with two devices
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three devices
Air Force Organzational Excellence Award with one device
Coast Guard Unit Commendation
Combat Readiness Medal with two devices
National Defense Service Medal with one device
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award with six devices
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with star
Air Force Training Ribbon


Air Force Association
National Guard Association of the United States
National Guard Association of Arkansas
Militia Association of New York
Air Rescue Association


Second Lieutenant Jun 17, 1970
First Lieutenant Jun 17, 1973
Captain Jan 20, 1976
Major Jun 21, 1980
Lieutenant Colonel Feb 13, 1985
Colonel Jun 30, 1992
Brigadier General Sep 8, 2001



(Current as of January 2003)


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