Gen. Anthony J. Cotton is the new Commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command

September 15, 2021: Gen. Anthony J. Cotton recently became the Commander for the Air Force Global Strike Command. He succeeds former Commander, Gen. Tim Ray, in the position. Gen. Cotton entered the Air Force through the ROTC program in 1986 after earning a bachelor’s degree in Political science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Since, then Gen. Cotton has held various positions throughout his career to include Commander, Space Operations Group, Aerospace Data Facility-East, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Commander, 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Montana, Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Virginia, and Commander and President, Air University, Air Education and Training Command, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, among others. Prior to his current position, Gen. Cotton served as the Deputy Commander, AFGSC and Deputy Commander, Air Forces Strategic–Air, USSTRATCOM, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Political Science, from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and a Master of Science, Administration from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant. In 2020 he completed Combined Forces Air Component Commander Course, from Maxwell AFB, Alabama.


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