|General Hornburg Assumes Command of ACC |
General Hornburg Assumes Command of ACC
By Erin Zagursky, Air Combat Command Public Affairs.
Langley AFB, Virginia -- (ACCNS) November 14, 2001 -- General Hal M. Hornburg assumed command of Air Combat Command Nov. 14, becoming ACC's sixth commander.
Gen. Hal M. Hornburg renders his first salute as the new commander of Air Combat Command. He assumed command in a ceremony at Langley Air Force Base, Va., today.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Kavanaugh
Secretary of the Air Force James G. Roche was the first to speak at the ceremony held here. "I’ll be brief," said Roche. "You’re going to be hearing from a lot of Texans today."
Also participating in the ceremony were Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John Jumper and U.S. Army Gen. William F. Kernan, commander in chief of U.S. Joint Forces Command.
Jumper joked about Hornburg’s "Aggie" background, calling him a "hyper-Texan" before saying how immensely pleased he is that Hornburg is assuming command of ACC. "Serious times call for the best and brightest. Hal Hornburg’s one of those leaders," said Jumper. "ACC will flourish under the Hornburgs." "Hal is a seasoned, proven commander who knows what 'right' looks like," said Kernan. "He’s precisely the caliber of leader we need."
Upon taking command, Hornburg, a 1968 graduate of Texas A&M University’s ROTC program, thanked Lt. Gen. Don Cook for his hard work. Cook stood in as ACC’s commander after Jumper became Air Force chief of staff in September. The job was especially challenging after the events of Sept. 11, Hornburg said. "But he handled it so well that I don’t think anyone missed Johnny" -- a quip that got a big laugh from the crowd and the chief of staff.
Hornburg stated the three missions he has for ACC: development of airmen, preparedness to deploy, and readiness to fight. "If there’s a call for boots on the ground, we want to be the force that kicks down the door … so that soldiers and Marines won’t have to wade through their own blood as they win this war or the next one," he said.
Hornburg spoke of the various leaders who helped develop him as a young officer, and he encouraged members of the audience to find and develop airmen of every rank. "That is your mark as a leader," he said, "if the people you developed think of you as a mentor, coach and leader."
Speaking before a crowd of 1,000 military members, civilian employees, community leaders and guests, including U.S. Rep. Joann Davis, Hornburg thanked his wife, Cynthia, for her continued support, saying, "I thank my lucky stars for her."
Hornburg comes from Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, where he commanded Air Education and Training Command. Before that he served as ACC’s vice commander. He is a command pilot with 4,000 flying hours. He directed air operations over Bosnia, commanded the Joint Warfighting Center, served on the Joint staff, and served as director of operations at Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
As the commander of ACC, Hornburg oversees more than 1,000 aircraft and 100,000 active-duty military and civilian people at 38 major installations in the United States, Iceland and Portugal. ACC organizes, trains, equips and maintains combat-ready forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime defense. When mobilized, more than 64,000 Air Force Reservists and Air National Guardsmen and 700 aircraft join ACC..