Major General Rob “Mumbles” Polumbo (Ret) transitioned from the Air Force after 32 years of service. His career culminating as the Special Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base. General Polumbo assisted and advised the Commander on the daily operations of the command, consisting of approximately 70,000 citizen airmen and more than 300 aircraft among three numbered air forces, providing air, space and cyber support to combatant commands world-wide.
General Polumbo was a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1984. During his 14 years of active duty, he served as an F-16 instructor pilot, flight examiner, weapons officer, test and evaluation pilot, operations officer and commander. Additionally, he served as the aide-de-camp to the Air Force Chief of Staff. He transitioned to the Air Force Reserve Command in 1997 and joined the 482nd Fighter Wing. He flew F-16’s in the 93rd Fighter Squadron and served as commander of the unit and later as the 482nd Fighter Wing vice commander. His senior executive positions included mobilization assistant to numerous commands including the Air Force Warfare Center, Air Combat Command, the 7th and 12th Air Force and Headquarters Air Force.
Rob is a command pilot with more than 4,300 hours of military aviation in all blocks of the F-16, including 100 hours of combat time in Southwest Asia. He has also logged more than 9,000 flying hours in B727, B757, B767 and B777 aircraft during his American Airline's career. He earned a Master’s degree in Aviation Science from Embry-Riddle University in 1994. He is married to the former Claudia Barriga of Miami, FL and has two sons, Jake, an officer in the US Air Force, and Zach, a Naval Academy Midshipman. His areas of expertise include combined/joint air, space and cyber operations, multi-domain command and control, weapons/tactics development, testing and evaluation, foreign material exploitation, commercial aviation and leadership/character development.
Rob "Mumbles" Polumbo
Major General USAF (Retired)
Current Leadership Positions:
First Officer, American Airlines
Part-Owner and Member of the Board of Directors, US Patriot Industries
Senior Associate Consultant, South Florida Defense Alliance
General Polumbo supports the Miami-Dade Beacon Council's Defense Reinvestment Grant with the development and implementation of strategies for community support around the missions of military installations in the South Florida region.
Part owner of US Patriot Industries and Director of Business Development marketing innovative technologies to DoD and commercial businesses-recently launched X-1, a revolutionary lubricant additive.
Senior Executive for the South Florida Defense Alliance providing community support for the military installations in the quad-county region of South Florida.
Master's Degree, Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (1992-94)
Bachelor of Science, Biology/Biological Sciences, U.S. Air Force Academy (1980-84)
Retired as a Major General (2017)
Special Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.; Mobilization Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington DC.; Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, 12th Air Force, Air Combat Command, and Commander, Air Forces Southern, U.S. Southern Command, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.; Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, 7th Air Force, Osan AB, South Korea; Mobilization Assistant to the Director, Air and Space Operations, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.; Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis AFB, Nev.; Vice Commander, 482nd Fighter Wing, Homestead ARB, Fla.; Assistant Operations Officer and Commander, 93rd Fighter Squadron, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla.; Aide-De-Camp to the Chief Of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.; Operations Officer and Commander, 57th Wing, Detachment 2, Nellis AFB, Nev.; etc.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,300 hours
Aircraft flown: F-16A/C, YF-112D
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device and silver oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Combat Readiness Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Short
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Air Force Longevity Service with three oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two "M" devices
Air Force Training Ribbon