New mobilization general joins Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Published Sept. 9, 2022 By Aimee Malone Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center recently welcomed a new mobilization assistant at its headquarters here. Brig. Gen. Heath Fowler, a U.S. Air Force Reservist, began serving as the mobilization assistant to the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center commander in August. In this position, he helps direct the Air Force’s nuclear modernization, acquisition and sustainment programs with more than 1,900 military and civilian personnel at 17 locations worldwide. The center is responsible for the life-cycle management of nuclear weapons systems supporting two legs of the nation's nuclear triad, including intercontinental ballistic missiles; air-launched cruise missiles; gravity bombs; and nuclear command, control and communications. A mobilization assistant is an Air Force Reserve colonel or above assigned to back-fill an active-duty general officer. As such, Fowler performs Reserve duty at the center in preparation to take over for the center commander, Maj. Gen. John Newberry, should Newberry be deployed. Fowler could also be mobilized to active duty in times of war or national emergency. Prior to this assignment, Fowler served as the mobilization assistant to the director of logistics and engineering at Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. Fowler was promoted to the rank of brigadier general Aug. 1. Fowler is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. He entered the Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He has commanded at the group and squadron levels and served at multiple major commands. His maintenance and logistics support experience include C-130 Hercules, B-52H Stratofortress, F-16 Fighting Falcon C/D, KC-135, KC46A and acquisition logistics. He is originally from Valliant, Oklahoma, and currently resides in Paris, Texas.