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Brig. Gen. Michael T. Rawls is the Commandant, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The Air War College is the Air Force’s senior professional military education institution, providing post-graduate senior leader development programs focused on joint, multinational, multi-agency warfighting and international security operations, air, space and cyberspace force strategy development and national security planning.

Brig. Gen. Rawls entered the Air Force in 1992 as a distinguished graduate of the University of Kentucky, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He holds Master’s degrees from The George Washington University, Air University, U.S. Army War College and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. Brig. Gen. Rawls has served in staff positions as the Junior Military Aide to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Chief Air Planner, United States Military Delegation to the NATO Military Committee, Brussels Belgium and Senior Service Lead for F-35 development, Arlington, Virginia. He has been a Squadron Commander, Vice-Wing Commander, 435th Air Expeditionary Wing and 435th Air Ground Operations Wings Commander and is a four time member of the U.S. Military Pentathlon Team. As an operational pilot, Brig. Gen. Rawls flew the A-10A/C and F-15C with combat missions in Iraq supporting Operation Southern Watch. As a Test Pilot, he had assignments in the A-10C, F-15C, F-16 and numerous classified platforms conducting advanced weapons development. Prior to his current assignment, Brig. Gen. Rawls served as the Deputy Commander, NATO Mission Iraq, Baghdad.

Brig. Gen. Rawls is a command pilot and has accumulated more than 2,100 hours in 30 different aircraft.