Colonel (R) James E. Roberts is the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, Air Force JROTC, Buchholz High School, Gainesville Florida. The program's primary mission is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and the local community. To accomplish this mission, he educates and trains high school cadets in citizenship, promotes community service, instills responsibility, character, and self-discipline, and provides instruction in air and space fundamentals.
Prior to his retirement from active duty, Colonel Roberts was the Director of Operations for the Air Force Technical Application Center, Patrick AFB, Fla. He led a 110-person team that operates AFTAC's 24-hour data center collecting, processing, and analyzing information from a global seismic, hydro-acoustic, satellite, and radio frequency recording network, directly supporting the U.S. Atomic Energy Detection System's international treaty monitoring activities. The focus of AFTAC's nearly 1,000 professionals is to detect special events in the atmosphere, underwater, underground and in space, to determine if they are nuclear and to report them to U.S. senior decision makers.
Colonel Roberts received his commission in 1987 from the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He attended Undergraduate Navigator Training and Electronic Warfare Training at Mather AFB, Calif. He is a Master Navigator with more than 3,200 hours in RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft including nearly 900 hours of combat and combat support experience. In addition to his operational assignments, he has had numerous staff assignments, to include the Air Command and Staff College, Defense Intelligence Agency, and Headquarters Air Combat Command. Colonel Roberts also commanded the 21st Student Squadron at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1987 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, La.
1994 Master of Science in Business Organizational Management, University of Laverne, Laverne, Calif.
1994 Squadron Officer School Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2000 Air Command and Staff College by correspondence
2002 Command and General Staff Officer Course Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2003 Joint Forces Staff College Norfolk, Va.
2006 Air War College by correspondence
1. June1988 - March 1989, student, Electronic Warfare Officer Training, Mather AFB, Calif.
2. March 1989 - November 1990, Electronic Warfare Officer, 24th Reconnaissance Squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska
3. November 1990 - November 1991, Standardization/Evaluation Electronic Warfare Officer, 24th Reconnaissance Squadron, Eielson AFB,
4. November 1991 - November 1992, Assistant Operations Officer, 45th Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt, AFB, Neb.
5. November 1992 - November 1993, Tactical Coordinator, Training Flight Instructor, 45th Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
6. November 1993 - October 1994, Standardization/Evaluation Crew Commander, 45th Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
7. October 1994 - October 1996, Weapons and Tactics Flight Instructor, 343rd Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
8. October 1996 - October 1997, Standardization/Evaluation Flight Examiner, 343rd Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
9. October 1997 - October 1998, Flight Commander, 343d Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
10. October 1998 - June 2000, Wing Executive Officer, 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Neb.
11. June 2000 - June 2001, Chief, RC-135 Weapons and Tactics, Headquarters, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
12. June 2001 - June 2002, student, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
13. June 2002 - June 2005, Chief, Measurement and Signature Intelligence Operations Coordination Branch, Defense Intelligence Agency,
Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
14. June 2005 - June 2006, GOE Faculty Advisor and Course Director, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
15. June 2006 - February 2007, Deputy Department Chair, Leadership and Command Department, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell
16. February 2007 - June 2007, Department Chair, Leadership and Command Department, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
17. June 2007 - June 2009, Commander, 21st Student Squadron, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
18. June 2009 - June 2010, Assistant Vice Commandant, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
19. July 2010 - December 2010, Director of Operations, AFTAC, Patrick AFB, Fla.
20. December 2010 - March 2012, Vice Commander, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla.
21. March 2012 - July 2014, Director of Operations, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla.
22. August 2014 - present, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, Air Force JROTC, Buchholz High School, Gainesville Fla.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2002 - June 2005, Chief, Measurement and Signature Intelligence Operations Coordination Branch, Defense Intelligence Agency,
Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant colonel
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with one silver oak leaf and four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Rating: Master Navigator
Flight hours: More than 3,200
Aircraft flown: RC-135V/W Rivet Joint and RC-135S Cobra Ball
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant - January 6, 1988
First Lieutenant - January 6, 1990
Captain - January 6, 1992
Major - August 1, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel - June 1, 2004
Colonel - December 1, 2009
(Current as of April 2015)
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