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  Lt.Gen. Robin "Baba" Rand

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Name Lt.Gen. Robin "Baba" Rand
Unit 56th Fighter Wing
Flying F-16s
Viper Hours 3400
See also Luke AFB has new Commanding Officer

Commander of the 12th Air Force from December 1st, 2011.

Brigadier General Rand will be transferred to Balad, Iraq, to become commander of Air Combat Command's 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. He took command of Luke Air Force Base on June 8, 2004.

Brigadier General Robin Rand was the 56th Fighter Wing Commander, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz from June 2004-June 2006. The 56th Fighter Wing's mission is to train the world's greatest F-16 pilots and maintainers while deploying mission ready warfighters. As part of Air Education and Training Command, and home to more than 180 F-16 aircraft and 27 squadrons, the 56th is the largest fighter wing in the U.S. Air Force and graduates more than 450 F-16 pilots and 900 crew chiefs annually. The wing oversees the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field and is steward of the Barry M. Goldwater Range, a military training range spanning more than 1.5 million acres of Sonoran desert.

General Rand was commissioned in 1979 following graduation from the United States Air Force Academy. He completed undergraduate pilot training at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., in July 1980. During his career, that includes five overseas assignments, he’s served as a T-37 and F-16 instructor pilot and flight examiner, an air liaison officer with the U.S. Army, and has been an F-16 weapons officer, operations officer, and squadron commander. He has also been assigned to the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, has served as a deputy operations group commander, and as the USAF Weapons School Commandant. Prior to assuming his current position, he was the 8th Fighter Wing Commander at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. He is a command pilot with more than 4,400 flying hours.


  • 1979 Bachelor of science degree in aviation science, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.

  • 1982 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

  • 1986 Air Command and Staff College, by seminar

  • 1988 Master of science degree in aeronautical science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Fla.

  • 1990 USAF Fighter Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

  • 1998 Master of arts degree in national security policy, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.

  • 1998 Naval College of Warfare, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.

  • July 1979 – July 1980, student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams Air Force Base, Ariz.

  • August 1980 – December 1980, student, T-37 pilot instructor training, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas

  • January 1981 – April 1984, T-37 instructor pilot, 96th Flying Training Squadron and T-37 flight examiner, 82d Flying

F-16 Flying Hours

3,000 Hours #146 on the 3K list
Unit N/A
Date September 2006
Comment Went over 3,000 hours in the F-16 in sep 2006 at Balad AB Iraq and finished his tour there in Jul with over 3,400 in the F-16.
2,000 Hours #227 on the 2K list
Unit N/A
Date unknown
1,000 Hours #1094 on the 1K list
Unit N/A
Date unknown

Flying Hours on other aircraft

Visitor Comments

Dear Lt.Gen. Robin Rand
Asta Esterhuizen, Jun 05, 2013 - 01:59 PM

I have your request to link me on Skype. Is this a false or true request? Would hate you to be hacked in by someone and hacked into me?

Kindest regards

Asta Esterhuizen

Sargeant Pilots
Steve Fisk, Dec 23, 2016 - 11:01 PM

General Rand, I don't know if you will receive this, but I wasn't certain how to contact you. I wanted to thank you for your efforts on behalf of the Sergeant Pilots. You graciously spoke at the opening of the Sergeant Pilot's museum at Maxwell AFB. I was honored to take my father, Charles L. Fisk, Lt. Col., to the ceremony. My father passed away last month, and I just wanted to thank you for your efforts at the museum. It was the last event that he attended, and I believe it meant more to him than anyone could know. My family and I are deeply appreciative of the part you played.

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