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Brig. Gen. Ronald E. Jolly Sr.

Brigadier General Ronald E. Jolly Sr.

2022 Distinguished Alumni

Bachelor in Industrial Engineering

Brigadier General Ronald Jolly Sr. earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Oklahoma State and entered active duty after being commissioned through ROTC in December 1990. He began his career as a Gold Bar recruiter with the Air Force ROTC program at the University of North Texas in 1991. He graduated from the Aircraft Maintenance and Munitions Officer Course in 1993 and began his career as an aircraft maintenance and munitions officer at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.  


General Jolly is a fully qualified aircraft maintenance officer and logistician, having served tours as Training Wing Commander, Air Logistics Complex Deputy Commander for Maintenance, Chief of Staff for Headquarters, U.S. Central Command Directorate of Logistics and Engineering, Maintenance Group Commander, and Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force. He was deployed on multiple occasions in support of operations Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. 


General Jolly retired in January of this year, having most recently served as the Director of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Among his responsibilities, General Jolly supported the deployment, basing, sustainment and redeployment of military forces across an area of operations covering 19 million square miles and 104 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East

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