Lt. Gen. Kirk Pierce, USAF
Commander, 1st Air Force
U.S. Air Force
Lt. Gen. Kirk S. Pierce is the Commander, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region – 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern), Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. As the Combined Force Air Component Commander for North American Aerospace Defense Command, Joint Force Air Component Commander for U.S. Northern Command and 1st Air Force Commander, he executes three distinct missions: Homeland Air Defense for the continental United States, Air Force Component support of civil authorities, and theater security cooperation for North America. As 1st AF (Air Forces Northern) Commander, he is responsible for administrative, legal, and programmatic support to Civil Air Patrol-United States Air Force, Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, and the National Security Emergency Preparedness Directorate. He approves operational Air Force-assigned missions conducted by CAP in their role as an auxiliary of the Air Force within the continental United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; inland search and rescue operations coordinated by AFRCC within the CONUS; and deployment of Air Force Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers in the U.S. and its territories.
Lt. Gen. Pierce was commissioned in May 1988 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Notre Dame. He has commanded at the squadron, group and wing level. He has served and commanded in various operational assignments in support of operations Southern Watch, Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. Prior to his current assignment, Lt. Gen. Pierce served as the Deputy Director, Air National Guard, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia.