|Intro||American Air Force general|
|A.K.A.||Arnold Webster Bunch Jr.|
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||8 April 1962, Morristown, Hamblen County, Tennessee, USA|
Arnold Webster Bunch Jr. (born April 8, 1962) is a general in the United States Air Force. He serves as the commander of Air Force Materiel Command, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for installation and mission support, discovery and development, test and evaluation, life cycle management services and sustainment of virtually every major Air Force weapon system. The command employs approximately 80,000 people and manages $60 billion of budget authority annually. Before his current assignment, he was the military deputy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at The Pentagon.
Born in Tennessee, Bunch was commissioned upon graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 1984.
Upon completion of Undergraduate Pilot Training in 1985, Bunch completed operational assignments as an instructor, evaluator and aircraft commander for Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. He graduated from the United States Air Force Test Pilot School in 1991. He then conducted developmental testing in the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit and B-52, and served as an instructor in each. Additionally, he has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels and was the commander of the Air Force Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California.
In December 2018, Bunch was nominated by President Donald Trump for promotion to general to assume command of the Air Force Materiel Command, but his nomination was later returned by the Senate without a vote in January 2019. The nomination was resubmitted in April 2019. The Armed Services Committee confirmed Bunch for a fourth star and the post of Commander of Air Force Materiel Command on May 23, and Bunch took over command eight days later.
- 1984 Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
- 1991 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
- 1994 Master of Science in mechanical engineering, California State University, Fresno
- 1996 Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
- 2000 Master of Science in national security strategy, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
- July 1984 – July 1985, student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi
- August 1985 – December 1985, student, B-52 Combat Crew Training School, Castle AFB, California
- January 1986 – June 1990, standardization and evaluation instructor aircraft commander of 325th Bomb Squadron, Fairchild AFB, Washington
- July 1990 – June 1991, student, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, California
- July 1991 – June 1992, test pilot, 6512th Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, California
- July 1992 – June 1995, test pilot, 420th Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, California
- June 1995 – June 1996, student, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
- July 1996 – July 1999, chief of B-1 Test and Evaluation, B-1 System Program Office, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
- August 1999 – June 2000, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
- June 2000 – July 2002, commander of 419th Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, California
- August 2002 – April 2003, chief of Senior Officer Management, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
- April 2003 – June 2004, deputy chief of Combat Forces Division, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia
- June 2004 – January 2006, director of Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Florida
- January 2006 – May 2008, commander of 412th Test Wing, Edwards AFB, California
- June 2008 – March 2010, vice commander of Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Florida
- March 2010 – June 2011, director and program executive officer for the Fighters and Bombers Directorate, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
- June 2011 – June 2012, commander of Air Force Security Assistance Center, AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
- June 2012 – June 2015, commander of Air Force Test Center, Edwards AFB, California
- June 2015 – May 2019, military deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia
- May 2019 – present, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
- Rating: Command pilot
- Hours flown: More than 2,500
- Aircraft flown: B-52, B-2, KC-135, F-16, T-38 and others
Awards and decorations
His major awards and decorations include:
|Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster|
|Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster|
|National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star|
Effective dates of promotion