On October 18, the NCAFP hosted Lt. Gen. Marshall "Brad" Webb for a roundtable discussion that spanned topics including building Air Force partnerships and capacity across the globe, the usefulness and efficacy of Air Force special operations, and the "why" of light attack aircraft and how they will encourage international cooperation. Questions from the audience covered a full range of geographic and topical interests, including cyber capacity, perspectives on military cooperation amidst the turbulence of global events, and operations and capacity in regions such as the Middle East and Africa.
General Webb is the Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida. The command is the Air Force component of U.S. Special Operations Command. AFSOC provides Air Force special operations forces for worldwide deployment and assignment to unified combatant commanders. The command has approximately 19,500 active-duty, Reserve, Air National Guard and civilian professionals.
General Webb graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1984. He is a command pilot with more than 3,700 flying hours, including 117 combat hours in Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia. The general has commanded the 20th Special Operations Squadron, the 352nd Special Operations Group, the 1st Special Operations Wing, the 23rd Air Force, Special Operations Command Europe and NATO Special Operations Headquarters. His staff assignments include duty at Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, at the Joint Special Operations Command, and in Office of the Secretary of Defense.