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William R. Looney III

28th Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
(Redirected from Looney, General William)
William R. Looney III

General William R. Looney III (born 1949) is a United States Air Force general. He was Commander, Aeronautical Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio (2003–2005). In 2005, he assumed the command of Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Randolph AFB, Texas.


  • If they turn on their radars we're going to blow up their goddamn SAMs [surface-to- air missiles]. They know we own their country. We own their airspace…We dictate the way they live and talk. And that’s what’s great about America right now. It’s a good thing, especially when there’s a lot of oil out there we need.
    • Comments about the bombing of Iraq in the late 1990s, which he directed. Interview Washington Post (August 30, 1999); quoted in Rogue State, William Blum, Common Courage Press, 2005, p. 159.

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