LEADERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT: Eifert selected as Assistant Adjutant General-Air, Florida National Guard
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Nov 15, 2012) – Maj. Gen. Emmett R. Titshaw Jr., the Adjutant General of Florida, is pleased to announce the selection of Col. James O. Eifert, as the Assistant Adjutant General-Air, Florida National Guard. He is currently the Commander of the 125th Fighter Wing.
“Col. Eifert has all the skills, knowledge, and experience I’m looking for to help me move the Air Guard forward during this time of change and uncertainty,” said Titshaw. “Jim is an inspiring leader who can balance the needs of our complex mission with those of his people.”
Eifert will follow Brig. Gen. Joseph G. Balskus who has been selected for promotion to major general concurrent with his assignment as the Military Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters, United States Air Force.
A command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours, Eifert began pilot training at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona, in 1982 following his graduation from the United States Air Force Academy. Although he started as a F-4 Phantom pilot, Eifert has flown, trained, led, and represented the F-15 community in forums, training exercises, and deployments for the last 25 years. Notably, he was selected and attended the USAF’s prestigious Fighter Weapons School and he has served as the Chairman of the ANG F-15/F-22 Air Dominance Weapons System Council. Eifert executed the 125th Fighter Wing’s inaugural F-15 deployment to a combat zone during Operation Northern Watch in 1998 and served as the Wing’s project officer for its first AEF rainbow deployment during Operation Southern Watch in 2000.
Eifert’s experience in the 125th Fighter Wing is extensive. He served as the Weapons Officer from 1996-1997 and its Operations Officer from 1997-2002. He took command of the 125th Operations Group from 2002-2008, where he supervised the execution of more than 22,000 mishap-free flight hours. Most recently, he served as the Wing’s Vice Commander starting in 2008-2011 prior to taking command of the Wing last year. His military schools include the Squadron Officer’s School at Maxwell Air Force Base, the USAF Weapons (F-15) Instructor Course, the Air Command and Staff College, and the Air War College.