Major General Robert W. Parker, USAF, Retired
Major General Parker received his commission as a distinguished graduate of the St. Michael’s College Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1963. He served in various ground and airborne missile launch operations positions, including missile combat crew commander, airborne launch control system crew member, instructor, evaluator, nuclear weapons plans officer and commander of two strategic missile wings. He also held key Department of Defense positions as Senior Military Adviser to the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; Director, On-Site Inspection Agency; and Deputy of Operations, Air Force Space Command. He is a Command Missileer and was a member of the initial cadre of airborne launch control system crews that were certified combat ready in a new weapons system. He is a Senior Officer Aircrew Member with 800 hours of flight time. Major General Parker retired after serving as the Commander of 20th Air Force, Air Force Space Command, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, where he was dual-hatted as the ICBM Task Force commander for U.S. Strategic Command. In this role he was responsible for the nation’s Minuteman ICBM force, including two operational missile wings and two missile groups with more than 11,000 assigned personnel.
Following his military career he served as the Vice President, Property & Casualty Group, USAA; President of DynSpace with DYNCORPS, Inc.; and finally, as Head of Air Force Marketing for Computer Sciences Corporation before fulling retiring in 2015. Since then, he has served as a board member of the Association of Air Force Missileers, Dominion HOA, Bridge to History that connects today’s youth with WWII history, San Antonio WWII Honor Flight where he participated as an escort for 13 WWII veteran Honor Flights and has also escorted veterans on Gary Sinise’s Soaring Valor Flights. He has also been active in the San Antonio Rape Crisis Center, San Antonio Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council and Congressman Chip Roy Veteran Advisory Group.
During Major General Parker’s distinguished military career, he was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Airman’s Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Outstanding Unit Award, the Combat Readiness Medal and the National Defense Service Medal with service star.
He resides in San Antonio, Texas.