Colonel Rock nominated for first star

Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Colonel Anthony Rock, 366th Wing commander at Mountain Home Air Force Base.

Col. Anthony Rock, 366th Wing commander, has been nominated for promotion to brigadier general, according to an announcement last week by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after Mountain Home AFB was named the top Air Force base in the nation, earning the 2007 Commander in Chief's Award for Installation Excellence.

Rock follows a long line of wing commanders who have earned their first star as a result of their command assignment at Mountain Home AFB.

"I can't think of a better place to receive this promotion that here at Mountain Home," Rock said. "The dedicated men and women on the Gunfighter team make my job as Gunfighter One look easy," he said, referring to the call sign of each wing commander here.

"I continue to be humbled to have the chance to lead our Gunfighters as we continue to prove our stake as the premier expeditionary combat wing in the Air Force."

Col. Rock is the 45th commander to head the only active-duty Air Force base in Idaho. His command, a composite fighter wing, comprises more than 4,800 military and civilian personnel and three squadrons of F-15C and F-15E aircraft.

Rock graduated from the University of Texas and later earned his Air Force Commission through Officer Training School. He attended undergraduate pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, and went on to serve as an instructor pilot and flight examiner at the training base.

A command pilot, he has logged nearly 4,200 flying hours in aircraft including the F-16, F-15C, F-15E, T-37 and T-38.

During his 24-year career, he has served as a plans and operations officer, fighter squadron commander and wing vice commander with assignments at Air Force installations in Florida, Virginia and Germany.

His staff duties include serving as the plans and operations officer at the Joint Warfighting Center at Fort Monroe, Va., and later as the deputy director of requirements for Headquarters Air Combat Command at Langley AFB in Virginia.

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