Brigadier General James W. Schroeder is the Chief of Staff who also serves as the Commander of the Illinois Air National Guard. He is responsible for the command, control and operations of plans and programs affecting more than 3,000 Illinois Air National Guard personnel located at Scott Air Force Base, Peoria, and Springfield, Illinois. His broad range of responsibilities include ensuring combat readiness and mission capability of three major air bases comprised of flying wings, command and control facilities, logistics and mission support units, providing combat trained personnel to meet all United States Air Force mission requirements.
General Schroeder received his commission in 1982 as a
graduate of the United States Air Force Officer Training
School. A proud achievement of his early career was
assisting in the initial setup of the aerial refueling training operation at Geilenkirchen Air Base, Germany. His involvement helped pave the way for the on-going rotation of Air National Guard refueling units to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization base. During Operations Desert Shield/Storm, he was recognized as accumulating the most flying hours of any member in the expeditionary wing. General Schroeder flew Combat Air Patrol sorties in support of Operation Noble Eagle, and deployed to fly combat support missions in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
General Schroeder’s professional military education includes Air War College by correspondence in 2002. General Schroeder earned a Bachelor of Science from Western Illinois University, Industrial Technology, in Macomb, Illinois.
General Schroeder’s military awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal (1 Bronze Oak Leaf cluster), Air Medal (1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Combat Readiness Medal (1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal (1 Bronze Service Star), Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 Bronze Service Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon (1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (Silver Hourglass, M Device, and Numeral 2), Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait, Illinois Long and Honorable Service Medal (2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Illinois Military Attendance Ribbon (Bronze Numeral 8).
As a civilian, General Schroeder has been an American Airlines pilot since 1989.
As of February 2012
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