General Rand Visits The Prep School
General Rand is in the Prep School Hall of Fame and served as the Class of 2015 Prep School Exemplar. He is currently the only 4-star graduate of the Prep School.
He graduated from the Prep School in 1975, earning an appointment to the Academy and graduated in 1979. Commissioning into the Air Force as a second lieutenant. He has had multiple flying and staff tours that have taken him all over the planet: North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has been an air liaison officer with the Army. He's been on every staff: HQ Air Force, Joint Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has commanded at the squadron, group wing (three times), Numbered Air Force and Major Air Command (two times).
Gen. Rand is a command pilot with more than 5,080 flying hours, primarily in the F-16, and he has more than 470 combat hours.
Currently, he is the Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command - this Command develops and provides combat-ready forces for nuclear deterrence and global strike operations.
He spoke to the Preppies about why he served - the Mission is for the Air Force - To Aim High, Fly, Fight and Win.
How families are important - both parties - the ones in the military and the ones who stay home.
Gen. Rand shared several stories about people he's met in 40 plus years he's been in the Military. Each story he shared was about the willingness and commitment that each Airman had to achieve their greatness, the strength they had - to do what needed to be done, no matter what.
He explained that knowing their Hertiage will make them smarter - what they can learn from those who came before them in the Military. The diversity now seen within the military with men fighting alongside women as well as the diversity in the colors of skin and orientation, as well as many other ways the Military has evolved to what it is today.
Each current generation of Airman are counting on the next generation to learn and lead. He talked about being part of the long blue line and continuing to represent it and themselves with class and dignity.
An Airman is the fuel that powers the engine.
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