Task Force Member Profile
Gen Gilmary "Mike" Hostage, USAF (ret.)
Task Force Member
General Gilmary “Mike” Hostage was the Commander of Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, VA from September 13, 2011 to October 2014. He recently participated in JINSA’s Generals and Admirals Program to the Middle East.
As the Commander of Air Combat Command (ACC), Gen Hostage was responsible for organizing, training, equipping, and maintaining combat-ready forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime defense. The command operates more than 1,300 aircraft, 24 wings, 14 bases, and more than 300 operating locations worldwide with 98,000 active-duty and civilian personnel. The ACC provides conventional and information warfare forces to all unified commands to ensure air, space, and information superiority for warfighters and national decision- makers. It can also be called upon to assist national agencies with intelligence, surveillance, and crisis response capabilities.
Prior to assuming this position, Gen Hostage was Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Southwest Asia. He was responsible for developing contingency plans and conducting air operations in a 20-nation area of responsibility covering Central and Southwest Asia.
Gen Hostage is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, and a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours. He has flown combat missions in multiple aircraft, logging more than 600 combat hours in operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn.