Major General Robert A. Knauff, USAF (Ret)
The late General Robert Knauff (1953-2014) was the founding chief executive officer of the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance, Inc. (NUAIR), a New York non-profit corporation leading a coalition of New York and Massachusetts aerospace industry and academic institutions supporting one of six national test sites designated by the Federal Aviation Administration for the safe testing and certification of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and the training of their operators. A leader of unparalled excellence, General Bob Knauff guided our team to success. His wise counsel will be missed. His influence and the standards he exemplified will live on.
A 1975 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, he completed undergraduate pilot training in 1976. In his 33-year United States Air Force career he served in flying and command assignments culminating in his assignment as commander of the 6,000-member New York Air National Guard and deputy commander of the 17,000 men and women of the New York Army and Air National Guard. He commanded the 174th Fighter Wing at Hancock Field, Syracuse, New York, from 1996 to 2003, prior to becoming chief of staff of the New York Air National Guard and then its commander. In addition, he served as the Air National Guard assistant to the commander, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. He was a combat veteran with more than 3,900 flying hours.
As commander of the New York Air National Guard, General Knauff put New York's air units at the heart of the Global War on Terrorism and humanitarian support operations throughout the United States and around the globe. Under his leadership, New York deployed thousands of airmen as part of designated deployments worldwide, including domestic security operations in the years following the 2001 World Trade Center attacks and combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan."
General Knauff's awards included the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon, and Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal, and the New York State Defense of Liberty Medal.