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Ernest R. Webster

Brigadier General

Commander of the 403rd Wing
Commander of the  96th Aerial Port Squadron

A native of Anguilla, Mississippi, General Webster attended Arkansas State University, participating in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). He earned a bachelor of science degree in management, August 1966. In January, 1967, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine, General Webster served tours of duty with a Caribbean readiness force and at Hui Phubai, Republic of Vietnam. Exiting the Marine Corps, he entered the Air Force in January, 1972. He has served there as chief of aircraft maintenance, flight examiner, chief of safety, operations and training officer, squadron commander, group commander, deputy chief of staff for operations (14th Air Force Headquarters, Air Force Reserve), and wing commander. As a command pilot the General logged over 7,000 hours, flying a dozen different aircraft. In almost 30 years of military service, from Officer Candidate School, Quantico, Virginia to Commander of the 919th Special Operations Wing, Duke Field, Florida, he has successfully held sixteen assignments.

General Webster's education ranges from a bachelor of science degree in management, Arkansas State University '66 to a master's degree in business administration, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University '85. He saw heavy action in the field of education during the '70's, including attendance at Squadron Officer School; Aircraft Accident Investigation; Air Command and Staff College in '76 alone. He amassed nineteen major awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters and an Air Medal with eighteen oak leaf clusters.