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.

 

EDUCATION

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


ASSIGNMENTS

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,

     Alaska

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

       AFB, Ala.

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


MAJOR DECORATIONS

Legion of Merit

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Medal

Aerial Achievement Medal with one silver oak leaf and four oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal


FLIGHT INFORMATION

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)


Colonel James Roberts Biography