September 14, 2021: LtGen. Ricky N. Rupp recently became the Commander for the 5th Air Force. He succeeds former Commander, LtGen. Kevin B. Schneider, in the position. LtGen. Rupp received his commission in 1989. Since, then LtGen. Rupp has held various positions throughout his career to include Chief, C-17 Requirements, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Illinois, Operations Officer, 17th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, South Carolina, Vice Commander, 18th Wing, Kadena AB, Japan, and Director of Operations, Headquarters U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Illinois, among others. He is a command pilot with more than 4,800 flying hours in various aircraft, including the C-130, C-17 and T-38. He acquired operational flying experience during operations Desert Shield, Provide Promise, Allied Force, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Prior to his current position, LtGen. Rupp served as the Commander, Air Force District of Washington, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. He holds a Bachelor of Business Arts, Accounting, from Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, a Master of Applied Science, Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Columbus AFB, Mississippi, a Master of Applied Science, Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, and a Master of Applied Science, Airpower Art and Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.