Major General Robert E. Wheeler is currently serving on the staff of the Secretary of Defense as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) and Information Infrastructure Capabilities (DCIO for C4IIC).
General Wheeler was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. A command pilot with more than 5,000 hours in multiple aircrafts. His staff assignments include air campaign analyst for the Air Force Studies and Analysis Agency, member of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s Operations Group (CX), Headquarters U.S. Air Force and division chief for the Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding European security issues. He has also been the senior military adviser to the U.S. Mission for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
The general was previously the Deputy Director for Nuclear Operations, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. In this capacity, he is the principal adviser to the commander on issues pertaining to strategic deterrence and nuclear operations. He served as the command’s principal flag officer responsible for management and oversight of the nuclear enterprise. He has previously commanded the 325th Bomb Squadron and 509th Operations Group at Whiteman AFB, Mo. He commanded the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, La., where he was responsible for providing B-52 aircraft, aircrews and associated support personnel and resources to conduct global bomber operational taskings. He also commanded the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo., where he was responsible for the combat readiness of the Air Force’s only B-2 wing and provided logistics support for the Air Force Reserve 442nd Fighter Wing Missouri Air National Guard 131st Bomb Wing; Missouri Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 135th Aviation Unit; and the Navy Reserve Maritime Expeditionary Security Division 13.