William R. Looney III

28th Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas

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.

William R. Looney III


  • 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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