Brigadier General Russell D. Driggers is the Deputy Commander, NATO Mission Iraq, Baghdad. NATO Mission Iraq brings together military and civilian personnel from across the alliance with expertise in security sector reform, institution building, and training and professional military education. The mission works at the ministerial level, within the Ministry of Defense, Office of the National Security Advisor and the Prime Minister's National Operations Center. NATO Mission Iraq's advisors span from institutional to the tactical level across Iraq's Ministry of Defense, operating from three locations in the greater Baghdad area.
Brigadier General Driggers commissioned in May 1995 as a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He holds master's degrees from Texas A&M University, the U.S. Army's School of Advanced Military Studies and the National War College. Brigadier General Driggers has served in staff positions as the Chief, Strategy and Doctrine, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and as Senior Military Advisor to the Secretary of Defense's Senior Civilian Representative in Europe in the United States Mission to NATO. He has been a Squadron Commander, Vice-Wing Commander, and prior to his current assignment, served as the Commander, 80th Flying Training Wing, also known as the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program. Brigadier General Driggers' combat experience includes F-15C combat missions in support of Operation Allied Force and service as an Air Advisor in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
Brigadier General Driggers is a command pilot with more than 2,300 hours in the F-15C/D and T-38A/C.
1995 Bachelor of Science, Political Science, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1996 Master of Arts, Political Science, Texas A&M University, College Station
2007 U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2008 Master of Arts, U.S. Army Advanced Military Studies Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2012 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2014 Master of Science, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington D.C.
1. August 1996–January 1998, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.
2. January 1998–July 1998, Student, F-15C Qualification Course, 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
3. July 1998–January 2001, F-15C Pilot, 493rd FS, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom (February 1999–May 1999, F-15C Pilot, 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Cervia Air Base, Italy)
4. January 2001–March 2004, F-15C Evaluator, Flight Commander, 95th FS, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
5. April 2004–December 2006, T-38A/C Instructor, Assistant Operations Officer, 90th Flying Training Squadron, Sheppard AFB, Texas
6. January 2007–December 2007, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
7. January 2008–January 2009, Advanced Military Studies Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
8. February 2009–February 2011, Chief Strategy and Doctrine, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany (September 2009–March 2010, 10th Air Force Air Advisor, 321st Air Expeditionary Wing, Camp Victory, Iraq)
9. March 2011–May 2013, Commander, 560th FTS, Randolph AFB, Texas
10. June 2013–June 2014, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
11. July 2014–June 2015, Vice Commander, 501st Combat Support Wing, RAF Alconbury, United Kingdom
12. July 2015–July 2018, Senior Military Advisor, U.S. Mission to NATO, Brussels
13. July 2018–June 2020, Commander, 80th Flying Training Wing, Sheppard AFB, Texas
14. July 2020–present, Deputy Commander, NATO Mission Iraq, Forward Operating Base Union III, Baghdad
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 2015–July 2018, Senior Military Advisor, U.S. Mission to NATO, Brussels, Belgium as a colonel
2. August 2019–present, Deputy Commander NATO Mission Iraq, Forward Operating Base Union III, Baghdad as a brigadier general
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: 2,337
Aircraft flown: F-15C/D and T-38A/C
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
1995 Distinguished Graduate, United States Air Force Academy
1997 Distinguished Graduate and AETC Commander's Trophy, undergraduate pilot training
1998 Distinguished Graduate, introduction to fighter fundamentals
1998 Distinguished Graduate, F-15C upgrade training
2001 Commandant's Trophy, Squadron Officer School
2008 Top Monograph, Advanced Military Studies Program
2010 Field Grade Officer of the Year, Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe
2014 Distinguished Graduate, National War College
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 31, 1995
First Lieutenant May 31, 1997
Captain May 31, 1999
Major July 1, 2005
Lieutenant Colonel Feb. 1, 2010
Colonel Oct. 1, 2014
Brigadier General Frocked
(Current as of July 2020)