|COLONEL A. R. "RIZ" ALI|
Col. A.R. 'Riz' Ali is Commander, Air Force Network Integration Center, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. AFNIC is the Air Force's premier organization for Air Force Network integration, cyber simulation, and network standards, architecture and engineering services. The center serves as the focal point for integrating mission systems, business systems, commercial information technology products and other networks into the Air Force Network (AFNet). As part of this AFNet integration mission, Colonel Ali leads the Air Force's #1 cyber priority, the AFNet Migration, which consolidates the service's previous standalone networks into a centrally managed enterprise network that enhances security, reduces costs and improves standardization.
Colonel Ali graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., in 1988 and earned his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He has commanded two squadrons and an expeditionary mission support group. He has also served on the Air Staff, a Combatant Command Staff, in five Major Commands, two overseas locations and participated in contingency operations in Southwest Asia, Africa and Europe. Colonel Ali is a career communications/cyber professional and a member of the Space Cadre with nine years experience working space systems and issues.
1988 Bachelor of Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J.
1989 Communications-Electronics Engineering Officer Course, Keesler AFB, Miss.
1991 Distinguished Graduate and Honor Graduate, Systems Evaluation School, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
1994 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1994 Master of Public Administration, Troy State University, Troy, Ala.
1997 Distinguished Graduate, Advanced Communications Officer Training, Keesler AFB, Miss.
2000 Air Command and Staff College (correspondence), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2002 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2006 Air War College (correspondence), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 Master of National Security Studies, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
2008 Space Operations Executive Course, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1. May 1989 - July 1992, Communications Automated Test Engineer, 1842nd Electronics Engineering Group, (later renamed the Technology Integration Center), Scott AFB, Ill.
2. July 1992 - July 1994, Commander, Karatas Radio Relay Location, Detachment 11; Deputy Commander, Systems Flight; and Commander, Support Flight, 39th Communications Squadron, Incirlik AB, Turkey
3. July 1994 - August 1997, Chief, Mission Support, 1st Combat Communications Squadron, Ramstein AB, Germany
4. October 1997 - May 1998, Chief, National Military Command Center Systems Maintenance Division, Air Force Pentagon Communications Agency, Washington, D.C.
5. May 1998 - May 2000, Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Force Pentagon Communications Agency, Washington, D.C.
6. May 2000 - July 2001, Chief, Computer Network Defense, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
7. July 2001 - June 2002, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. July 2002 - July 2004, Commander, 32nd Combat Communications Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla.
9. July 2004 - July 2006, Commander, 305th Communications Squadron, McGuire AFB, N.J.
10. July 2006 - July 2007, Deputy Commander, 305th Mission Support Group, McGuire AFB, N.J.
11. August 2007 - June 2008, student, National War College, Fort Leslie J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
12. June 2008 - June 2010, Chief, Global Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Modernization, U.S. Strategic Command (J8), Offutt AFB, Neb.
13. June 2010 - June 2011, Commander, 386th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, Southwest Asia
14. August 2011 - present, Commander, Air Force Network Integration Center, Scott AFB, Ill.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Medal with bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)
NATO Service Medal
1993 Company Grade Officer of the Year, 39th Communications Squadron
1995 Company Grade Officer of the Year, 1st Combat Communications Squadron
1995 C4 Systems Professional of the Year, 32nd Air Operations Group
1996 Communications-Information Professionalism Award, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Director of Operations
1998 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award (CGO), Air Force Pentagon Communications Agency
2002 Air Combat Command Ground Safety Award of the Year, 32nd Combat Communications Squadron commander
2003 12th Air Force Annual Traffic Safety Award, 32nd Combat Communications Squadron commander
2004 Air Force Association Military Unit of the Year, 32nd Combat Communications Squadron commander
2005 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award (FGO), 305th Air Mobility Wing
2005 Lt Gen Leo Marquez Maintenance Award, 305th Air Mobility Wing
2005 Air Mobility Command Lt Gen Grant Award for Small Communications Squadron of the Year, 305th Communications Squadron commander
2006 Finalist, White House Fellowship Program
Review Essay, "The Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic", Joint Force Quarterly, 3rd Quarter, 2008, Issue 50.
Review Essay, "The State of India's Democracy", Strategic Studies Quarterly, Summer 2009, Volume 3, Number 2.
Review Essay, "Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia", Strategic Studies Quarterly, web edition, Spring 2010.
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant, May 26, 1988
First Lieutenant, Oct. 10, 1990
Captain, Oct. 10, 1992
Major, Mar. 1, 2000
Lieutenant Colonel, Apr. 1, 2004
Colonel, July 1, 2009
(Current as of April 2012)