The United States Air Force has promoted Air National Guard Brigadier General Robert L. Shannon, Jr. to Major General. Following his promotion, Major General Shannon was assigned to the Pentagon in a dual hatted capacity as Special Assistant to the Director of the Air National Guard, and as Advisor to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters Air Force, Washington, D.C. Previously, he was dual hatted as the former Vice Commander of the Georgia Air National Guard as well as an advisor to the Commander for 25th Air Force, which was formerly the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency. In 2010, General Shannon was the first African American to be promoted to Brigadier General in the Georgia Air National Guard. With his recent promotion, he is now the second highest-ranking African American in the Air National Guard nationwide.
 
Major General Shannon said, "I am humbled by the confidence that the Air Force has shown in me, and equally excited by the unique opportunity to work on national security matters at the highest level.”
 
Major General Shannon is also a Partner at the law firm Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS), based in Atlanta, Georgia, where he serves as National Trial Counsel for several of the firm’s clients.