Edward A. Rice Jr. is a 1978 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. During his time on active duty, he commanded at the squadron, group, wing, numbered air force and major command levels. His numerous staff positions include serving as a White House Fellow, as a staff member for the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces, and as the Deputy Executive Secretary for the National Security Council. He has also served as Chief of Staff of the Office of the Representative and Executive Director for the Coalition Provisional Authority, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C. He has significant experience in combat and contingency operations, to include commanding bomber operations during the first four months of Operation Enduring Freedom as Commander, 28th Air Expeditionary Wing. Additionally, during Operation Unified Assistance, Rice served as the Deputy Commander for the joint task force, Combined Support Force-536, assigned to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to victims of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. Rice was a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in the B-1B, B-52G/H, E-3, B-2, KC-135, C-130H, T-37 and T-38. Rice, a retired general, and his wife, Teresa, have two children and currently reside in Texas. Veterans in Blue is a multimedia collection showcasing men and women who have contributed to the legacy of the Air Force.