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United States Air Force

The United States Air Force is by far the world's preeminent aerial fighting force. Below is information about those who serve the USAF.

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Women first joined the Air Force in 1948 when President Harry Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services integration Act, which allowed women to serve in the military and created the Women in Air Force (WAF) program. This program allowed women to serve in very limited roles in the Air Force. In 1976 the program ended as women were accepted into the USAF on equal basis with men.

There were predecessors to the WAF. During WWII the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) and Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) were formed. WAFS was a small group of transporter pilots while WASPs were, as their name suggests, pilots. These groups were integrated into the Air Force when women were admitted.


Major General Amy S. Courter
Amy S. Courter served as the National Commander and CEO of the all-volunteer Civil Air Patrol, a federally chartered nonprofit corporation and the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force headquartered at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL from 2007-2011.

Her primary duty was to lead CAP’s 61,000-plus volunteers in fulfillment of the organization’s three congressionally chartered missions: Emergency Services, Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education, as well as CAP’s increasing role in America’s homeland security.

As CAP’s commander, Courter served as a Major General (2-star), the highest ranking CAP Officer, and the first female to have attained that distinction in the 69 years of CAP’s history.  Maj. Gen. Courter was also a member of the CAP Board of Governors, and led the CAP National Executive Committee and CAP National Board – CAP’s governing and advisory bodies.

Maj. Gen. Courter was elected National Commander in 2008, after having been appointed first Acting and then Interim National Commander the year prior.  In 2006 she had been elected National Vice Commander, and additionally served as the National Chief of Staff for a portion of that year.  Her commitment to public trust and transparency in governance aided CAP during an unanticipated transition, thereby stabilizing the organization.  She also energized a new staff structure, with clearly articulated expectations and processes, and cast a wide net across the organization for the best qualified resources.  Additionally, Courter has focused the organization on best practices, including fiduciary duties, strategic planning, diversity and inclusion, and generating internal and external opportunities and partnerships. For Fiscal Year 2008, CAP received its first unqualified audit after integrating over 1500 units’ financial transactions into a common system.  Under Courter’s leadership the scholarship funding increased over 50%.  Courter joined CAP’s Michigan Wing in 1979 and served as commander of the wing from 1999 to 2002.  

In her career, Courter has a very rich and diverse background that includes 20 years leadership at Valassis, a 2.3 billion-dollar public marketing services corporation.  First as a manager, and last as Vice President of Information Technology, Courter set strategy and oversaw all Information Technology (IT) operations and projects, and led her team to a record of over 95% of all projects being completed on time and on budget.  Courter also was asked to lead the Telecommunications Division where she forged a collaborative environment in which the teams worked in harmony, sharing workload and cross-training for advanced development of the employees. Courter was responsible for all IT employees, and she coordinated the IT systems, processes, and Business Recovery for Valassis world-wide.  Additionally, she developed company-wide programs to enhance the corporate working environment and employee retention, assisting Valassis to be recognized in Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for” lists year-on-year and into the “100 Best” Hall of Fame.  Since 2006, Courter has worked in the healthcare, not-for-profit and the manufacturing arenas. She has been selected to positions on numerous boards, serving both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.  She was elected as President of the International Air Cadet Exchange Association’s governing board in 2012, and also shares her expertise through instruction and executive coaching with Inforum Center for Leadership’s Next4Vets program.  Currently, Courter serves as Dynamic Computer Corporation’s Chief Operating Officer, and also is honored to serve as National President of the Women In Defense, a National Security Organization and affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Assoc.

Courter attended Kalamazoo College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in psychology and education, and secondary teaching certification in psychology, computer science, and mathematics, as well as coaching certifications in volleyball and field hockey.  Courter is a native of Flint, Michigan.

Major General Marcelite J. Harris

Major General Marcelite J. Harris was the first African American female general of the United States Air Force. Upon graduation from Spellman College in 1964, she was commissioned through Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in 1965. Maj Gen Harris retired from the Air Force in 1997 as the highest-ranking female officer in the Air Force and the highest-ranking African American woman in the Department of Defense.

She was also the first female aircraft maintenance officer, one of the first women air officers commanding at the Air Force Academy, and the first female vice commander for maintenance. Upon retirement, Major General Harris served as the Florida State Director and Logistics Process Owner for a contractor managing the Nation’s Shuttle Program, United Space Alliance.

Major General Harris now serves as the Treasurer of the Atlanta Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and on the Board of the Peachtree Hope Charter School.

In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Major General Harris was to the Board of Visitors for the United States Air Force Academy. This board looks into the morale, discipline, curriculum, instruction, academic methods, and fiscal affairs of the Academy. The board prepares semi-annual reports with recommendations based upon their inquiries. These reports are presented to the Secretary of Defense, via the Secretary of the Air Force, and the Armed Services Committee in the Senate and Armed Services Committee in the House of Representatives.

She also has a BS in Business Management from the University of Maryland University College and as awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Spellman College.

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Major General Jeanne Holm

Major General Jeanne Holm was the first female general, earning two starts throughout her career. She was the director of a small contingent of women, called Women in the Air Force from 1965 to 1975. During this time, when women were not allowed to fly nor get near the front lines, Gen Holm greatly increased the jobs available to women in the Air Force.

In 1971, Holm was promoted to Brigadier General and was the first woman to receive a general’s star and two years later she received her second star.

She joined the Army in 1942 and worked as a truck driver in WWII. She reenlisted in 1948 and transferred to the Air Force in 1949. She was the first woman to attend the Air Command Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

In 1970, she nearly retired, citing the ubiquitous opposition from other officers. After her retirement in 1975 she published “Women in the Military: An Unfinished Revolution” and a book in 1998 on the women in World War II.  She also advised Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and was the first chairwoman of the Veterans Administration’s Committee on Women Veterans for President Ronald Reagan.

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General Janet Wolfenbarger

General Janet Wolfenbarger was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1980 upon graduation from the Air Force Academy. She was a member of the first class of female cadets. 

She is the first female four star general in the Air Force, receiving her fourth star on June 5, 2012. She currently serves as Commander, Air Force material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

This command manages $60 billion annually and employees 80,000 people in research, development, test and evaluation, while providing support to procure and sustain Air Force Weapons systems.

Prior to this position, General Wolfenbarger was the Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington DC.

General Wolfenbarger holds a BS in Engineering Sciences from U.S. Air Force Academy and a MS in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT.

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Major General Wendy M. Masiello

Wendy Masiello is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, DC. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of contracting, relating to the acquisition of weapons systems, logistics, operations, and contingency support for the Air Force.

General Masiello joined the Air Force in 1980, as a distinguished graduate from the ROTC program at Texas Tech University.

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Major General Michelle Johnson

Major General Michelle Johnson has been selected as the next superintendent of the Air Force Academy. She will be the first woman to hold this job. 

MG Johnson is currently NATO’s deputy chief of stat for operations and intelligence. She has a long history with the Academy; she graduated from it in 1981, where she became the first female cadet wing commander.

She was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and attended Oxford University where she earned her M.A in politics and economics. She was also an assistant professor of political science and instructor pilot from 1989-1992. Additionally, she served as the Air Force aide to the President and the Deputy Director for Information and Cyberspace Polciy on the Joint Staff.

Prior to her appointment to the Air Force Academy, MG Johnson served as the Director, Strategy, Policy, Programs, and Logistics, U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base.

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Colonel Ruth Alice Lucas

Ruth A. Lucas was the first African-American woman in the Air Force to be promoted to the rank of colonel. At the time of her retirement, she was the highest-ranking African American woman in the Air Force.

Colonel Lucas enlisted in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in 1942 and was one the first black women to attend what is now the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA. She held a variety of positions, mainly in research and education, before being named a colonel in 1968.

At the time of her promotion, Colonel Lucas was a general education and counseling services assistant in the office of the deputy assistant secretary of defense for education at the Pentagon. She created, organized and implemented special literacy programs aimed to increase the education levels of service personnel.

Colonel Lucas retired from the Air Force in 1970. After her military retirement, Colonel Lucas continued her efforts in education and became the director of urban services at the old Washington Technical Institute. She designed outreach programs to encourage high school students to pursue higher education. In 1994, retired after serving as the assistant to the dean of UDC’s College of Physical Science, Engineering and Technology.

She recently passed away at the age of 92 on March 23 at her home in Washington. Her accomplishments were honored during her funeral services May 29 at Arlington National Cemetery. Her military decorations included the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

Read more on Colonel Ruth A. Lucas on The Washington Post


Major General Linda R. Urrutia-Varhall

Major General Urrutia-Varhall was commissioned in 1984 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. She was nominated by the president to the senate for appointment to the grade of Major General in January of 2014.

Following her initial assignments at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., she was selected to participate in the Professional Military Graduate Intelligence Program in Washington, D.C. After completion, she was the first Air Force representative to the National Military Intelligence Center. Her service at the Pentagon included executive support duty to three Secretaries of Defense and as an international politico-military affairs officer on the Somalia Task Force.

The general has held command and staff positions in the wing, major command, headquarters and joint environments. In 1998, she was named to command the first Air Force Information Warfare Flight at 9th Air Force/Central Air Forces, Shaw AFB, S.C. She also deployed to Southwest Asia where she served as Chief, Analysis Division, and an operations officer for the Joint Intelligence Center at U.S. Central Command Headquarters Forward. She also served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Senior Executive to the Director of National Intelligence. Prior to her current position, she served as Director of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (J2) at U.S. Southern Command in Florida.


Brigadier General Linda M. Marsh
Brig. Gen. Linda M. Marsh is the mobilization assistant to the Commander, Ogden Air Logistics Complex, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. She assists the commander in leading a team of approximately 7,500 personnel to perform depot repair, overhaul, and modification of the A-10, C-130, F-16, F-22, F-35 and T-38 aircraft, the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile system, and a wide range of commodities. These include landing gear, wheels and brakes, rocket motors, air munitions and guided bombs, photonics equipment, training devices, software, electronics, avionics, instruments, hydraulics, power systems and other aerospace components. Her responsibilities extend to maintenance operations at remote sites in Japan, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, California, Florida, and ICBM wings located in Wyoming, North Dakota and Montana.

General Marsh was born in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She was commissioned in 1987 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of St. Thomas, Minn. She served seven years on active duty, two years in the Air National Guard and 16 years in the Air Force Reserve. She is a Logistician with a core background in Transportation and Joint Logistics. She has held assignments at unit, command, Numbered Air Force, Headquarters Air Force, and Combatant Command levels. Prior to her current position, the General was the individual mobilization augmentee to the Director of Resource Integration, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. She also served as the Assistant Director of Logistics for U.S. Central Command leading the joint logistics planning and execution efforts for 20 countries in the Central Command region, to include operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.

General Marsh is a Level III Joint Qualified Officer.
Brigadier General Nina M. Armagno

Brig. Gen. Nina M. Armagno is the Commander, 45th Space Wing, and Director, Eastern Range, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. She is responsible for the processing and launching of U.S. government and commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. She is also the final approval authority for all launches on the Eastern Range, a 15-million-square-mile area which supports an average of 15 launches per year aboard Delta, Atlas, Falcon, Navy and emerging launch vehicles. In addition, she manages wing launch and range infrastructure supporting NASA, commercial and missile test missions.

General Armagno entered the Air Force after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, in June 1988. Her experience in space systems operations includes combat-mission-ready operator, instructor, evaluator and flight commander in strategic missile warning, space surveillance, space control, space launch and theater missile warning mission areas. She was the operations officer at the 1st Space Launch Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Prior to her current assignment, General Armagno served as the Commander, 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB, California, responsible for space lift and range operations, and support of operational and developmental missile system testing for the Department of Defense from the West Coast of the United States. She has served as the installation commander of the 6th Space Warning Squadron at Cape Cod Air Force Station, Mass., the commander and deputy commander, 21st Operations Group, Peterson AFB, Colorado, as the Department of Defense senior military assistant and chief of staff to the director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense. In addition, she has held staff assignments at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Headquarters 14th Air Force and the 381st Training Group and served as an Air Force Legislative Fellow in the office of Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher.


Brigadier General Rosanne Bailey

Brig. Gen. Rosanne Bailey is Commander, Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo. General Bailey is responsible for executing the North American Aerospace Defense Command's integrated tactical warning and attack assessment mission, the U.S. Northern Command's homeland defense mission, and U.S. Strategic Command's space and missile warning support.

General Bailey earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Purdue University in 1973. Commissioned a second lieutenant through Officer Training School in 1977, her early assignments include program analyst for the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System, systems officer for Air Force Systems Command, and program manager for the F/FB/EF-111 digital flight control system. In 1988, she won two research awards at Air Command and Staff College, from which she was a distinguished graduate.

General Bailey has served as acquisition adviser to the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, and Commander of the 354th Logistics Group at Eielson AFB, Alaska. She has also served as Armament Product Group Manager and Detachment 5 Commander for the Aeronautical Systems Center at Eglin AFB, Fla., and Director of the Aeronautical Enterprise Program Office, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Prior to her current assignment, she was Commander, 435th Air Base Wing, Ramstein Air Base, and Commander, Kaiserslautern Military Community, Germany.


Major General Norma E. Brown

Major General Norma E. Brown is commander of the Chanute Technical Training Center, Chanute Air Force Base, Ill., the oldest major technical training center in Air Training Command.

General Brown is a native of Madison, Fla., and was born in 1926. She graduated from Madison High School in 1944. After graduation from Florida State University in 1949 she taught senior high school physical education for two years before entering the Air Force through the officer candidate school program. She was commissioned a second lieutenant in December 1951.

Her first military assignment was with Headquarters Flight Service, Washington, D.C., where she was chief of military personnel from December 1951 until June 1954. General Brown then became chief of the Personal Affairs Division, Headquarters Northeast Air Command, St. Johns, Newfoundland. At the end of her two-year tour of duty, she transferred to the Dependents Assistance Program in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

In December 1957 General Brown assumed command of the Women in the Air Force Squadron Section at Headquarters 1001st Air Base Wing, Andrews Air Force Base, Md. She remained in that position until December 1961 when she was selected for an exchange tour with the Royal Air Force as a personnel staff officer with the Royal Air Force Technical Training Command headquarters, Brampton, England.

In January 1964 General Brown began a 13-year series of tours with the U.S. Air Force Security Service. Her first assignment was at the headquarters at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, as chief, Personnel Services Division, in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Personnel. In July 1965 she was reassigned within the deputate as chief, Career Development Division. During that assignment General Brown attended the professional personnel management course at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

From August 1967 to October 1968, General Brown was chief of the Personnel Division at the 6987th Security Group, Shu Lin Kau Air Station, Taiwan. She returned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force Security Service at Kelly Air Force Base in November 1968 as director of personnel programs and in August 1969 was named director of personnel Plans. In September 1970 General Brown become chief of the newly organized Consolidated Base Personnel Office for all units in the European Security Region. This regional arrangement was a first in the Security Service.

In August 1972 she was selected to command the 6970th Air Base Group, Fort George G. Meade, Md. In December 1974 General Brown become the first woman to command an Air Force wing when she assumed command of the 6940th Security Wing, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas.

General Brown became deputy chief of staff, personnel (later manpower and personnel), for the Air Force Logistics Command in July 1977. She assumed her current command in April 1979.


Major General Catherine A. Chilton

Maj. Gen. Catherine A. Chilton is the Director, Air, Space and Information Operations, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. She is responsible for shaping the workforce and infrastructure for operations to test, field and sustain war-winning expeditionary capabilities. She is also responsible for the command's flight and test policy, and resource allocation for flight management, airfield services, weather services, and command and control operations and plans. General Chilton serves as the headquarters test and evaluation mission area focal point for three Air Force test organizations: Air Force Test Center, Edwards AFB, California.; Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold AFB, Tennessee.; and the Air Armament Center's 96th Test Wing, Eglin AFB, Florida.

General Chilton entered the Air Force in 1981 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program and was assigned as a test director in the 4950th Test Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. After completing her flight test engineering course in 1984, she served in a variety of key positions supporting the testing and evaluation of the flutter characteristics of the F-16, flying qualities of the A-10, and a variety of air-to-ground and air-to-air munitions test programs. In 1989, the general transitioned to the Air Force Reserve individual mobilization augmentee program where she saw service at the San Antonio Air Logistics Center, Texas; Schriever AFB, Colo.; Hanscom AFB, Mass.; Headquarters U.S. Air Force; the Missile Defense Agency, Washington, D.C.; and as the mobilization assistant to the Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.  

Prior to her current assignment, she was the mobilization assistant to the Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.  


Major General Trudy H. Clark

Maj. Gen. Trudy H. Clark is Deputy Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Washington, D.C. DTRA safeguards America and its friends from weapons of mass destruction by reducing the present threat and preparing for future threats.

General Clark received her commission in 1973 as a distinguished graduate of Officer Training School. She has served in staff, command and executive officer positions at the base, major command and staff levels. She has commanded three communications squadrons, a communications group and a support group. The general has served as a Presidential Communications Officer and as the Commandant of Squadron Officer School. She was also the Director for Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems at U.S. Strategic Command.

Prior to assuming her current position, General Clark was the Deputy Chief Information Officer at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.


Brigadier General Sharla J. Cook

Brig. Gen. Sharla J. "Kris" Cook is commander, 82nd Training Wing, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. As commander of the largest technical training wing in the Air Force, she has overall responsibility for the technical and health care training of approximately 40,000 Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps students each year, and another 50,000 students worldwide through the wing's field training detachments.

The general was commissioned in July 1972 after completing Officer Training School as a distinguished graduate. She is a career maintenance officer who pioneered as one of the first women officers assigned to the aircraft maintenance career field. She holds the Master Aircraft Maintenance Badge, and has commanded three aircraft maintenance squadrons and a logistics group. Two of her squadrons were named best in their command, and the 82nd Training Wing received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award in June 2000. The general is also a certified acquisition specialist who holds professional certification at Level II in program management and Level III in acquisition logistics.


Major General Kathleen D. Close

Maj. Gen. Kathleen D. Close is Director, Logistics and Sustainment, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. She is responsible for all depot maintenance, supply management and sustainment transformation activities within the command. She develops and directs policy and procedures for major overhaul, repair, and modification of weapon systems and spare parts. The depot maintenance activity is valued in excess of $6.5 billion in annual revenue and employs more than 35,000 people at the command's three Air Logistics Centers. She establishes guidance relating to the Air Force retail and wholesale supply chain management of spare parts, valued at more than $5.8 billion. In addition, she directs policy and procedures for AFMC aircraft maintenance, munitions, supply, logistics plans, transportation, packaging, and fielding and sustaining AFMC logistics data systems.

General Close was commissioned in December 1978 through the Air Force ROTC program at Colorado State University. She has directed three aircraft maintenance units, served as squadron maintenance supervisor in two units, and held a variety of staff positions at the major command, Air Staff and Secretariat levels. These include assistant executive officer to the Air Force Chief of Staff; Director of C-5 Maintenance at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center; Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command Inspector General at Wright-Patterson AFB; and Director of Maintenance, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support at Headquarters U.S. Air Force. Most recently she was Commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill AFB, Utah.


Brigadier General Kathleen A. Cook

Brig. Gen. Kathleen A. Cook is the Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.  In addition to advising the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force on public affairs matters, she is responsible for developing and executing global communication processes to build understanding and support for the Air Force.  She provides guidance and support for 5,500 active duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen and civilians in their mission to broadcast internal Air Force information, conduct community and media relations, manage integrated marketing, and execute security review programs.

General Cook enlisted in the Air Force in 1982, graduating with honors from basic military training at Lackland AFB, Texas, and served as a trumpet player in the 564th Tactical Air Command Band, Langley AFB, Virginia.  In July 1987, she was commissioned through the Officer Training School at Lackland AFB, Texas, and was then assigned as the Deputy Chief of Public Affairs at Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota.  Since that assignment, General Cook has served in multiple public affairs, staff and command positions to include two Pentagon assignments and four command assignments, including command of the 90th Mission Support Group, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming.  Prior to her current assignment, she was the Director of Public Affairs, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado, serving as the senior spokesperson and principal adviser to the commander and senior staff responsible for global mission areas including network operations, satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and space launch, system development and acquisition.


Brigadier General Kimberly A. Crider

Brig. Gen. Kimberly A. Crider is the Mobilization Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. She assists with the development and integration of the Air Force strategy, long-range plans and operational capabilities-based requirements as well as the activities ensuring the Air Force builds and employs effective air, space and cyber forces to achieve national defense objectives.

General Crider was commissioned through the ROTC program at Duke University in May 1986. She served on Active Duty for 8 years and has been a Reservist for 20 years, having held positions in Air Force Space Command, Air Force Materiel Command, Air Education and Training Command, Pacific Air Forces Command, United States Air Forces Europe, Headquarters Air Force, Air and Space ISR Center and the Defense Information Systems Agency.  In her previous assignment, General Crider was the Mobilization Assistant to the Chief, Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C where she assisted with setting the Air Force's strategic direction, policy guidance and procedures for the effective, secure and efficient use of Information Technology, Information Assurance and Information Resources Management to enable integrated warfighting capabilities and information dominance across all mission areas. General Crider is a master communications officer and a senior acquisition officer.

In her civilian capacity, General Crider is an executive CIO consultant for a large university. She has led numerous large-scale IT and systems engineering initiatives in academia, industry and government, and has expertise in enterprise infrastructure, cloud technology, IT workforce development, cyber security, network defense operations, and command and control. 


Major General Susan Y. Desjardins

Maj. Gen. Susan Y. Desjardins is Director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. She is directly responsible to the USSTRATCOM Commander for the development and implementation of national security policy and guidance; military strategy and guidance; space and weapons employment concepts and policy; and joint doctrine as they apply to the command and the execution of its missions. She is also responsible for the development of the nation's strategic war plan, strategic support plans for theater combatant commanders and contingency planning for the global strike mission.

General Desjardins received her commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in May 1980. She has held a variety of staff positions at the major command, Joint Staff and Headquarters U.S. Air Force levels, including deputy military assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force. Her commands include an air refueling squadron, an operations group and airlift wing. She has served as Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy and Director of Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.

The general is a command pilot with more than 3,800 flying hours in the KC-10, C-17, C-5, KC-135R, KC-135A and T-37.


Brigadier General Teresa A.H. Djuric

Brig. Gen. Teresa A.H. Djuric is Deputy Director, Space and Intelligence Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. General Djuric leads the Under Secretary's strategic planning and programming for defense space programs valued at $12 billion. She provides guidance and oversight of the architecture studies leading to the development and procurement of future defense space programs. She provides principal support to the Under Secretary's role as the focal point for space matters and in coordinating activities across the whole of government space enterprise.

General Djuric was commissioned in 1983 through Officer Training School. She has operated space systems at three space wings and Headquarters 14th Air Force. In 2004, she deployed to Southwest Asia as Director of Space Forces for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. She has commanded at the squadron, group, wing and education center levels, and has served on staffs at the Air Force Personnel Center, U.S. Pacific Command, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Prior to her current assignment, she was Commander, Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.


Major General Sharon K. G. Dunbar

Maj. Gen. Sharon K. G. Dunbar is dual-hatted as Commander of the Air Force District of Washington and the 320th Air Expeditionary Wing, headquartered at Joint Base Andrews, Md. AFDW is the Air Force component to the Joint Forces Headquarters-National Capital Region and is responsible for organizing, training and equipping combat forces for aerospace expeditionary forces, homeland operations, civil support, national special security events and ceremonial events. AFDW also provides major command-level support for 60,000 military and civilian personnel assigned worldwide. As commander, Dunbar is the Uniform Code of Military Justice authority for 40,000 Airmen.

Dunbar was commissioned in 1982 upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy. She has served in a variety of acquisition, political-military and personnel positions. Her commands include a mission support squadron, Air Force Basic Military Training, an air base wing, and AFDW.

Prior to her current assignment, Dunbar served as Director of Force Management Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, D.C.


Brigadier General Jan D. Eakle 

Brig. Gen. Jan D. "Denny" Eakle is Deputy Director, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller), Arlington, Va. DFAS is the world’s largest finance and accounting operation with annual responsibilities of paying more than five million people, processing contractor invoices and making travel payments worth millions, and disbursing more than $400 billion.

General Eakle was commissioned in 1975 after completing the Air Force ROTC program at Baylor University. She earned a master's degree from Baylor before entering active duty in 1976. The general has served as a personnel policy analyst, Chief of Advertising Research and Analysis with the Office of Accession Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and led the Enlisted Accession Policy and Compensation branches on the Air Staff. She also served with U.S. Strategic Command as Executive to the Commander in Chief and as Chief of Staff.

General Eakle's commands include the 3541st Recruiting Squadron, Lackland AFB, Texas, the 62nd Support Group, McChord AFB, Wash., and the 377th Air Base Wing, Kirtland AFB, N.M. Prior to her current position, General Eakle was Vice Commander, Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill AFB, Utah.


Brigadier General Sally Ann Eaves

Brig. Gen. Sally Ann Eaves is mobilization assistant to the Director of Maintenance and Logistics, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va. The Logistics Directorate is responsible for policy, budget and oversight of the command's maintenance, supply, contracting, transportation and munitions activities. She assists in the logistics direction and oversight to the 27,060 logistics people assigned to 93 ACC combat and combat logistics support units worldwide supporting 1,280 fighter, bomber and special mission aircraft. The director leads a staff of more than 350 people and controls a budget of $3.4 billion. In addition, three special staff agencies, comprising more than 440 people, provide the command's regional supply support, command-wide contracting activities and program management of the radar surveillance systems dedicated to protecting the nation's borders.

The general has held a variety of positions in joint logistics, wholesale logistics, plans and programs, and transportation management. She has also served in a variety of administrative and executive support assignments on active duty, as a unit reservist and as an individual mobilization augmentee.


Brigadier General Carol C. Elliott

Brig. Gen. Carol C. Elliott is vice commander, Air Intelligence Agency, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. An Air Force field operating agency, AIA's mission is to gain, exploit, defend and attack information to ensure superiority in the air, space and information domains. The agency's 16,000 people worldwide deliver flexible collection, tailored air and space intelligence, weapons monitoring and information warfare products and services.

The general is a distinguished graduate of Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, where she was commissioned in 1973. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and political science from Iowa State University, and a master of business administration degree in aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The general's military career includes positions as intelligence analyst, targeting officer and collection manager, and assignments with Air Staff force management and security. She directed intelligence activities at wings and all three combat Air Force major commands.

The general commanded a 2,700-person intelligence group in the Pacific with subordinate units in Alaska, Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Guam, Thailand and Australia. In 1995 she led combined intelligence operations for NATO air operations over Bosnia. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as vice director of intelligence for the Joint Staff.


Major General Barbara J. Faulkenberry

Maj. Gen. Barbara J. Faulkenberry is the Vice Commander, 18th Air Force, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. responsible for the command’s worldwide mission of providing rapid global mobility for America’s armed forces through airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation, and the enroute/contingency logistics support. The command includes 37,000 active-duty airmen and civilians and 1,100 aircraft, including subordinate organizations of the 618th Air and Space Operations Center, 11 wings and two stand-alone groups.

General Faulkenberry entered the Air Force in 1982 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Her career includes a variety of operational positions to include squadron, group, wing, and task force command. She held key command and leadership positions in operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom; and led as the Director of Mobility Forces for the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility during the drawdown of forces in Iraq and simultaneous build up in Afghanistan. Her staff assignments include experience in operations, logistics, strategy, international negotiations, governmental affairs, and leadership development.

The U.S. Junior Chamber (Jaycees) named General Faulkenberry as one of the "Ten Outstanding Young Americans" in 1997. She was the 1991 Air Force Female Athlete of the Year, and is a 12-time Military Racquetball champion.


Brigadier General Elizabeth A. Grote

Brig. Gen. Elizabeth A. Grote is the Director of Logistics, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. The directorate comprises 120 military, civilian, Air Reserve Technician and traditional Reserve personnel who ensure logistics management, planning, support and oversight for day-to-day operations of 673 flying and support units. The command supports more than 445 aircraft of 13 different mission/design/series. There are more than 20,000 logisticians in AFRC units supporting these missions.

General Grote was commissioned through Officer Training School in 1972 and completed the Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course at Chanute AFB, Ill. She served on active duty for five years, entering the Air Force Reserve in 1977. During her career, she has held positions as numbered air force director of logistics, maintenance group commander, squadron commander, deputy commander for maintenance, job control officer and squadron maintenance officer. As an Air Reserve Technician, the general holds dual status as a civil service employee and an Air Force Reservist.


Brigadier General Barbara A. Goodwin

Brigadier General Barbara A. Goodwin was chief of the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

General Goodwin was born in 1938, in Philadelphia and graduated from St. Mary's High School, Brookline, Mass., in 1956. She received a nursing diploma from Boston City Hospital School of Nursing in 1959, a bachelor of science degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 1968 and a master of science degree from the University of Colorado School of Nursing in 1972. She completed Squadron Officer School in 1973, Air Command and Staff College in 1974, and Air War College in 1977.

In January 1962 General Goodwin joined the Air Force and was assigned as a staff nurse with the obstetrical unit at Otis Air Force Base, Mass. While at Otis, she graduated from Flight Nurse School in May 1963. She was assigned as a clinic nurse and school health nurse, Naha Air Base, Okinawa, in November 1963. In July 1965 she became a clinic staff nurse at the USAF Hospital, Minot Air Force Base, N.D.

After receiving her undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, General Goodwin was assigned as a flight nurse, training officer, and standardization and evaluation officer with the 2nd and 58th Aeromedical Evacuation squadrons, Rhein-Main Air Base, West Germany, until 1971. Her next assignment was at the University of Colorado, where she received her graduate degree in August 1972.

General Goodwin served her first tour with the USAF Medical Center, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., as a charge nurse on the medical unit. In July 1973 she was assigned to Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as clinical nurse specialist and charge nurse, prototype study. She became nursing practice coordinator, surgical units, in July 1974.

Upon completing Air War College in July 1977, General Goodwin was assigned as assistant chief nurse, USAF Regional Hospital Lakenheath, England. In July 1979 she was assigned as administrative staff officer, Office of the Chief, Air Force Nurse Corps, Bolling Air Force Base, D.C. The general then served as chairperson, Department of Nursing, David Grant USAF Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., starting in July 1983. In October 1984 she became assistant for nursing services, Office of the Command Surgeon, Headquarters Military Airlift Command, at Scott. 

Her military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Long with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with five oak leaf clusters, and Air Force Training Ribbon.


Brigadier General Sandra A. Gregory

Brig. Gen. Sandra A. Gregory is Director of Budget Operations and Personnel, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Washington, D.C. General Gregory is responsible for planning, formulating and directing the execution of the Air Force operations and maintenance, and military personnel annual budgets totaling more than $50 billion. The general leads a staff of military and civilian budget professionals who develop, integrate and defend the Air Force budget in response to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Office of Management and Budget, and Congress. With enacted appropriations, she is responsible for managing and executing the resources necessary to ensure Air Force readiness.

General Gregory is a native of Loyal, Wis., and graduated from Loyal High School in 1974.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Superior where she graduated with highest honors in 1977.  A distinguished graduate of Air Force ROTC, she received a commission as a second lieutenant in 1977.

General Gregory has served in a variety of financial management positions throughout the Department of Defense, to include wing, major command, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and Joint Chiefs of Staff levels.


Major General  Gina M. Grosso

Maj. Gen. Gina M. Grosso is the Director of the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR), Office of the Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. The SAPR office is the service's single point of accountability and oversight for sexual assault policy matters, and reports directly to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force. The SAPR office develops policies and programs that address the service's sexual assault prevention, education, accountability, victim assistance and assessment efforts.

General Grosso entered the Air Force in 1986 as a Reserve Officer Training Corps distinguished graduate from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa. She has held several command and staff positions throughout her career. As a staff officer, she served as an operations analyst, personnel programs analyst, Air Staff and Office of the Secretary of Defense action officer, Major Command Director of Manpower and Personnel, and Director of the Air Force Colonel Management Office. Her command tours include a Headquarters Squadron Section, Military Personnel Flight, Mission Support Squadron, command of the Air Force's sole Basic Military Training Group, and as Joint Base and 87th Air Base Wing commander at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. Prior to her current assignment, she was the Director of Force Management Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.


Major General Anita R. Gallentine

Maj. Gen. Anita R. Gallentine is mobilization assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

General Gallentine earned her commission in 1977 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Throughout her military career, which included four years on active duty, 13 years in the Air National Guard and 18 years as an individual mobilization augmentee, she has primarily worked in the aircraft and munitions maintenance career fields. In addition to her primary military duties she serves as an admissions liaison officer for northern Florida for the U.S. Air Force Academy and Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship program. Maj. Gen. Gallentine was also appointed by the Secretary of Defense to serve as a member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board from 2009-2012.


Lieutenant General Terry L. Gabreski

Lt. Gen. Terry L. Gabreski is Vice Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The command conducts research, development, test and evaluation, and provides acquisition management and logistics support necessary to keep Air Force weapon systems ready for war.

Commissioned in 1974 as a graduate of Officer Training School, General Gabreski also served as Director of Maintenance for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics at Headquarters U.S. Air Force. She has directed two aircraft maintenance units, served as a squadron maintenance supervisor in three units, commanded three maintenance squadrons and a logistics group, and twice served as a major air command director of logistics. She has served at the Air Staff, Secretary of the Air Force and Joint Staff levels.

During Operation Allied Force in the 1999 air war over Serbia, General Gabreski directed logistics efforts as the A-4 for the air war across the entire theater. Prior to her current position, she was Commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker AFB, Okla. She holds a master aircraft maintenance badge and a basic parachute rating.


Major General Sandra E. Finan

Maj. Gen. Sandra E. Finan is the Commander, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. The center is composed of a headquarters staff, the 377th Air Base Wing, and three execution directorates: the Air Delivered Capabilities Directorate and the Nuclear Technology and Interagency Directorate are at Kirtland AFB; and the ICBM Systems Directorate is at Hill AFB, Utah. The AFNWC comprises more than 3,500 Airmen at 11 locations in the U.S. and Europe and is responsible for the entire scope of nuclear weapons sustainment functions.

General Finan entered the Air National Guard in 1982 as an enlisted cryptographic equipment repairperson. She received her Air Force commission in 1985 as a distinguished graduate of Officer Training School. She has served in a variety of space and nuclear assignments in missile crew operations; training and evaluations; satellite command and control; and satellite operations. The general has held senior staff assignments as the Air Force Global Strike Command Inspector General and the Air Force Space Command Director of Nuclear Operations.

Her commands include a space operations squadron and missile wing. General Finan has deployed to the Combined Air Operations Center in Southwest Asia as the Director of Space Forces in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Previously, she was the Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application, Office of Defense Programs, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy.


Major General Mary Kay Hertog

Maj. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog is the Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. SAPRO is the Department of Defense's single point of accountability for all sexual assault policy matters and reports to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. SAPRO develops policy and programs to improve prevention efforts, enhance victim support, increase system accountability, and collaborates closely with all military services and numerous outside organizations to fully implement those policies and programs.

General Hertog entered the Air Force in 1978 as an ROTC distinguished graduate. As a career security forces officer, she has worked at unit, major command, and Air Staff level in various positions, to include commanding several large security forces units, a technical training group, and one of the largest training wings in the U.S. Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. She was the Director of Security Forces, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.; and prior to her current assignment, she was the Commander, Second Air Force, Keesler AFB, Miss.


Major General Elizabeth Ann Harrell

Maj. Gen. Elizabeth Ann Harrell is Director of Maintenance and Logistics, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va. She is responsible for policy, budget and oversight of the command's maintenance, supply, contracting, transportation and munitions activities. She provides logistics direction and oversight to the more than 43,000 logistics personnel assigned to 93 ACC combat and combat logistics support units worldwide supporting 2,840 fighter, bomber and special mission aircraft. The general leads a staff of more than 350 people and controls a budget of $4.6 billion. In addition, she supervises three special staff agencies comprising more than 440 people providing the command's regional supply support, command-wide contracting activities, and program management of the radar surveillance systems dedicated to protecting the nation's borders.

The general entered the Air Force in 1976, receiving her commission through Officer Training School. Throughout her career, she has served as a maintenance officer, executive officer and commander at the squadron, group and wing levels of the Air Force at various locations around the world. The general has served as Director of Logistics and Security Assistance at Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany, and most recently as Director of Maintenance, Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.


Brigadier General Allison A. Hickey

Brig. Gen. Allison A. Hickey is Director, Future Total Force Directorate (Total Force Integration), Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C. She provides leadership and oversight for four divisions in the areas of strategic planning, mission development, media, and congressional advocacy and program and resource implementation for more than 140 new units and their associated missions. These missions include equipment, funding, training, infrastructure, processes, policies, legislation, instructions and doctrine. She is responsible for shifting billions of dollars towards new capabilities across the Air Force portfolio and directing new organizational models for a world-wide 500,000 person organization including active-duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units and personnel. She is also responsible for the stand-up and day-to-day staff operations, personnel actions and policies of the directorate.

General Hickey is a 1980 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, the first class to admit women. She has served in all three of the Air Force components: 10 years active duty, one year with the Air Force Reserve and 13 years with the Air National Guard. The general has held a variety of positions at the unit, state, National Guard Bureau and Air Staff levels, and she has spent more than 15 years in Washington, D.C., in the fields of strategic planning and defense reviews.  Prior to her current assignment, she served as the Assistant Deputy Director, Directorate of Strategic Planning, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, where she provided leadership and oversight for five divisions focused on future concepts, transformation, strategic planning, and Quadrennial Defense Review initiatives and long-range future force structure planning efforts.

The general has more than 1,500 hours in the KC-135A and KC-10A as an aircraft commander and pilot.


Brigadier General Mary Higley Hittmeier

Brig. Gen. Mary Higley Hittmeier serves as Mobilization Assistant to the Superintendent, U.S.  Air Force Academy, Colorado. The Air Force's Academy is responsible for creating leaders of character for the Air Force and the nation.

The general was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at St. Michael's College, Winooski, Vermont, in 1983. General Hittmeier served six years on active duty prior to entering the Air Force Reserve in 1990. She has held a variety of positions in the financial, personnel and political-military affairs career fields, has directed operations at an Air Force Audit Agency Area Audit Office, commanded a mission support squadron, served as the Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Commander of a group equivalent and served staff tours at the Air Staff and Secretariat levels.


Brigadier General Patricia A. Hinneburg

Brigadier General Patricia A. Hinneburg was deputy chief of staff for logistics, Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

General Hinneburg was born in 1937, in Camden, N.J., and graduated from Upper Darby (Pa.) Senior High School in 1955. She earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Temple University in 1959, a master's degree in education from the University of Southern California in 1969 and a master's degree in logistics management through the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson in 1975. The general completed Squadron Officer School in 1971, Air War College in 1978, Armed Forces Staff College in 1979 and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1985. She also was awarded the basic professional designation in logistics management by the Society of Logistics Engineers in 1974.

She was a distinguished graduate of Officer Training School and entered the Air Force in November 1964. She was first assigned to the 62nd Military Airlift Wing, McChord Air Force Base, Wash., where she held several jobs in maintenance and logistics. She was nominated by the Women in the Air Force director's office and selected for the Outstanding Young Women of America award in 1966.

In January 1968 she moved to Cigli Air Base, Turkey, as chief of wing logistics for TUSLOG, Detachment 116. She next was assigned to Lowry Air Force Base, Colo., as a logistics instructor in July 1969.

General Hinneburg returned to the 62nd Military Airlift Wing in August 1970 as chief of logistics. In October 1972 she was assigned to Air Force Logistics Command headquarters where she was the major command maintenance requirements monitor.

In September 1975 the general transferred to the Directorate of Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., as chief of the Plans Branch, and subsequently as the executive officer to the director of plans and programs. In January 1979 General Hinneburg was assigned to the 56th Tactical Fighter Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., and served successively as chief of the Maintenance Training Division, 56th Aircraft Generation Squadron maintenance supervisor, and, later, as 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron supervisor.

She then reported to Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, as commander of the Aircraft Generation Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing. Upon returning to the United States in June 1982 she became assistant deputy commander for maintenance, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. In July 1985 she was assigned to Robins Air Force Base, Ga., as chief of the Vehicle Management Division, Directorate of Materiel Management. In January 1987 she became chief of the Resources Management Division in the same directorate.

She then was assigned as director of maintenance, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, in July 1987. In June 1989 General Hinneburg became deputy chief of staff for maintenance, AFLC headquarters. The title of the position was changed in April 1991 due to a major reorganization of the command's headquarters.

The general's military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Short, Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Long, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with five oak leaf clusters, and Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon.


Major General Dorothy Hogg

Major General Dorothy Hogg is the Deputy Surgeon General and Chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. She directs operations of the Air Force Medical Service, composed of a $5.9 billion, 44,000 person integrated health care delivery system serving 2.6 million beneficiaries at 75 military treatment facilities worldwide. She oversees the daily functions of the Air Force Surgeon General's office with offices in Washington, D.C., Fort Detrick, Maryland, Falls Church, Virginia and San Antonio, Texas. Included in these functions are clinical operations and quality, aeromedical evacuation, global force management, readiness, strategic medical plans, programs and budget, medical force management and medical information systems management. Gen. Hogg coordinates Air Force Medical Service operations through major commands, Joint Service agencies, the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), the Defense Health Agency and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Additionally, as chief of the Nurse Corps, Gen. Hogg is responsible for recruitment, accession, training and education of 18,000 Total Nursing Force Airmen (Active Duty, Reserve and Air National Guard). She oversees policy and program development which ensures the highest standards for patient-centered, evidence-based nursing practice for all eligible beneficiaries.
Gen. Hogg entered the Air Force in 1984 and has commanded at the squadron and group level and served as the deputy command surgeon for two major commands, She has deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.


Brigadier General Pamela J. Lincoln

Brig. Gen. Pamela J. Lincoln is the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. She advises the Commander on optimal employment of the total force to conduct missile warning, space superiority, space situational awareness, satellite operations, space launch and range operations to provide tailored, responsive, local and global space effects in support of national, USSTRATCOM and combatant commander objectives.

General Lincoln received her commission from Officer Training School in 1989. She served on active duty in various assignments until 1998 when she joined the Air Force Reserve. She has been previously certified to instruct and evaluate operations for the Minuteman II and Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, the Global Positioning System Satellite, and the SPACEAF Aerospace Operations Center, currently known as the Joint Space Operations Center. She was basic mission certified in the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program. She has held leadership positions at the squadron, wing, AOC, and Air Staff levels. General Lincoln also served as a chairperson on the Air Force Reserve Command Human Resources Development Committee.


Brigadier General Patricia C. Lewis

Brig. Gen. Patricia C. Lewis is Assistant Surgeon General, Strategic Medical Plans and Programs, and Chief of the Medical Service Corps, Office of the Surgeon General, Bolling Air Force Base, D.C. As the Air Force Medical Service senior programmer, General Lewis' key responsibilities are integrating, analyzing and defending the Defense Health Program and medical elements of Air Force funding during the Program Objective Memoranda, Program Budget Decision and Program Decision Memorandum. She provides expert consultative leadership for all of the Air Force Medical Service. In her dual role as Chief of the Medical Service Corps, General Lewis is the senior health care administrator in the Air Force and responsible for accessions, development and management of 1,100 health care administrative professionals in the corps.

General Lewis has served at Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command as Chief of Programs and Evaluations in the Office of the Command Surgeon, and at Headquarters U.S. Air Force as Chief of Personnel, Training and Medical Programs. She has also served as executive officer to the Air Force Surgeon General and Director of Medical Operations for Headquarters Air Force Inspection Agency. Her commands include the 1st Medical Support Squadron at Langley AFB, Va., and 366th Medical Group at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. Prior to her current assignment, General Lewis was Commander of the Air Force Medical Support Agency, a field operating agency which reports to the Air Force Surgeon General.


Major General Carol A. Lee

General Lee was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University, N.Y., in 1975. She was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Health Professions Scholarship Program in May 1975. She completed medical school, internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md., and a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

The general entered active duty as an internist-gastroenterologist in July 1984 at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. She has also served as a gastroenterologist at David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB, Calif. She left active duty in June 1988, and joined the Air Force Reserve with the 940th U.S. Air Force Clinic, 940th Air Refueling Group, Mather AFB, Calif. As a traditional Reservist, General Lee has served as Chief, Clinical Services; Chief, Aeromedical Services; and Commander, 940th Aerospace Medicine Squadron. In her civilian occupation, she works as a staff gastroenterologist at a prominent medical center in Sacramento, Calif. 


Brigadier General Elaine L. Knight

Brig. Gen. Elaine L. Knight is the mobilization assistant to the Chief of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. She assists in leading four directorates and four field operating agencies consisting of 1,600 personnel, and in managing a C4ISR portfolio valued at $17 billion. General Knight helps to integrate Air Force warfighting and mission support capabilities to shorten the kill chain and decision cycle by networking space, air and terrestrial assets. Additionally, she helps shape doctrine, strategy, and policy for all communications and information activities while driving standards governance, innovation, and architectures for information systems and personnel.

General Knight enlisted in the Air Force in 1973, served as a communications center specialist and as an Air Force recruiter. Following her commissioning in 1978, she held positions in munitions maintenance and in acquisition logistics before leaving active duty and joining the individual mobilization augmentee program in 1985.

General Knight has served in staff positions at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Headquarters Air Force Space Command and the Space Warfare Center.


Brigadier General Linda S. Marchione

Brig. Gen. Linda S. Marchione is the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, 14th Air Force/Joint Functional Component Command for Space, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.  

General Marchione was commissioned in 1982 through the ROTC program at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her active-duty assignments include a tour as an events verification officer in the Missile Warning Operations Center, Cheyenne Mountain, Colo., and as a test engineer for Cheyenne Mountain reporting systems. As a Reservist, the general has served in a number of positions supporting theater missile warning and space operations as well as command, control, communication and computer integration for U.S. Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command.

The general previously served as mobilization assistant to the Director of Global Operations, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb., and the Director of Logistics and Communications at Air Force Space Command, working a number of issues related to the ICBM modification standardization and upgrade programs. She was also mobilization assistant to the Director of the National Security Space Office at Headquarters U.S. Air Force where she was a key player in the development, coordination and implementation of the National Security Space Strategy Plan. The general is currently certified as an Airborne Emergency Action Officer on USSTRATCOM's Airborne Command Post. As a civilian, she is is a certified pharmacy technician.


Major General Susan K. Mashiko

Maj. Gen. Susan K. Mashiko is Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va. Her responsibilities include assisting the Director and Principal Deputy Director in managing the strategic and tactical operations of the NRO. Also, as the Commander, Air Force Space Command Element, she manages all Air Force personnel and resources assigned to the NRO and serves as the senior adviser to the DNRO on all military matters.

General Mashiko was born in Glendale, Calif., and entered the Air Force as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy where she earned a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering. Her career has spanned a wide variety of space and acquisition assignments, including Chief of the Programs Division in the Office of Special Projects, executive officer to the Department of Defense Space Architect, and Director of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle System Program. She has also served as the Program Executive Officer for Environmental Satellites; Commander, MILSATCOM Systems Wing; and Vice Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center. Prior to her current assignment, she was Director, Space Acquisition, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.


Brigadier General Mary A. Marsh

Brigadier General Mary A. Marsh was director for manpower and personnel, J-1, Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.

General Marsh was born in 1930, in Washington, N.J. She received a bachelor's degree in music from Murray (Ky.) State University in 1951 and did graduate work at Western State University, Bowling Green, Ky. She is a 1976 graduate of the National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., and a 1981 graduate of the Tuck Executive Program, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., under the advanced management program.

She was commissioned a first lieutenant in August 1959 under the direct appointment program of the Officers' Basic Military Course, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. After graduation she remained there as assistant personnel services officer.

In August 1960 General Marsh was assigned as Women in the Air Force squadron commander at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. She moved to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, as assistant military personnel officer and chief, Quality Control Branch, 7030th Combat Support Wing, from June 1962 to June 1965.

Upon her return to the United States, the general was assigned to Homestead Air Force Base, Fla., as chief of the Data Control Branch and later as chief, Career Control Branch, 19th Combat Support Group. She transferred to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, in January 1967 as chief of quality control for the 96th Combat Support Group and later served as chief of the Consolidated Base Personnel Office.

General Marsh was the first Air Force woman assigned as an adviser to the Vietnamese air force, Saigon, Republic of Vietnam, in April 1968. Following her return from the Republic of Vietnam, she was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C., as a personnel officer. She then moved to Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base, Md., in May 1970 as chief, Consolidated Base Personnel Office Management and chief, Records Division.

In May 1971 she returned to Homestead Air Force Base where during a 4 1/2 year period, she served as chief, Consolidated Base Personnel Office, director of personnel and deputy base commander.

Following graduation from the National War College in June 1976, she become vice commander of the 50th Combat Support Group at Hahn Air Base, Germany, and in July 1977 when she took command of the group, was the first woman commander of a combat support group at an operational tactical fighter base.

General Marsh moved to Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, in June 1978 as chief, Intelligence Plans Division. In September 1980 she was assigned to the U.S. Delegation of the Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium, first as special assistant to the U.S. Military Representative and in November 1981 General Marsh became chief of staff to the U.S. Delegation.


Brigadier General Linda R. Medler

Brig. Gen. Linda R. Medler was the Director, Capability and Resource Integration (J8), U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Md. She is responsible for acquiring resources to satisfy the Command’s requirements, and engages in the Defense Department’s requirements, and planning, programming, budgeting, and execution (PPBE) processes to do so. She lead an organization that maps cyber requirements to capabilities, identifies and resources emerging cyberspace capabilities, develops the cyber component of the future year’s defense plan, and oversees yearly execution of U.S. Cyber Command’s budget for the Department of Defense.  To meet the growing demand for offensive and defensive cyberspace operations, she led the development of, and has oversight for, the Cyber Mission Force integrated master plan and schedule.  This comprehensive plan addresses the cyber manpower, facilities, equipment and training required to establish the Department of Defense’s Cyber Mission Forces, covering three mission areas:  Defend the Nation in Cyberspace, Provide Support to Combatant Commands, and Protect the DoD Information Networks.

General Medler initially entered active duty as a U.S. Marine. After graduating from boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., she served as an administrative specialist at Camp Elmore, Va. and then transitioned to civilian life and served in the Marine Corps Reserve. General Medler was commissioned in 1987 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Officer Training School. She has served in a variety of communications positions in the Air Force and in joint and coalition commands.

Her commands include a communications squadron, mission support group, and an air base wing. She was selected as a Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow and has served as the Chief of Staff, Air Force Materiel Command. In 2005 she commanded the 97th Air Expeditionary Group to provide humanitarian relief operations across the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She also deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, from August 2004 to January 2005 where she led more than 100 coalition personnel responsible for a $7 billion program to field the 70,000-person Afghan National Army. 


Brigadier General Muriel R. McCarthy

 Brig. Gen. Muriel R. McCarthy was the Reserve Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. SAF/MR is responsible for the oversight of manpower, military and civilian personnel, Reserve component affairs, and readiness support for the Department of the Air Force.

General McCarthy was commissioned in the Air Force in 1985 through Officer Training School. She served on active duty at the unit, numbered air force, and major command levels. In 1993, she entered the Air Force Reserve, first serving as an individual mobilization augmentee and then entering extended active duty in 1994. As a Reservist, she held numerous positions on the Headquarters Air Force staff, combatant command, major command, and agency levels.


Brigadier General Eden J. Murrie

Brig. Gen. Eden J. Murrie was the Director of Air Force Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. General Murrie provided policy, technical direction and oversight for the $2 billion worldwide Services program, which includes physical fitness, peacetime and wartime troop feeding, Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, Armed Forces entertainment, Air Force protocol, lodging, libraries, child development centers, youth centers and a wide spectrum of recreation activities. She provided oversight for uniforms, awards and recognition, Airman and family readiness, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program and other commander-interest programs that contribute to military force sustainment.

General Murrie was commissioned in 1984 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. A master navigator, her flying career includes serving as an instructor and evaluator in three different aircraft. In addition to her flying and command experience, her assignments include teaching at the U.S. Air Force Academy, a major command tour, and two tours on the Air Staff. The general has also worked as a Legislative Fellow for Senator Joseph Lieberman.  She commanded the 310th Airlift Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., and the 100th Air Refueling Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England.


Brigadier General Pamela Milligan

Brig. Gen. Pamela Milligan was the Vice Commander, 4th Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, March Air Reserve Base, Calif. Fourth Air Force has command supervision of the Reserve's long-range airlift and air-refueling units located throughout the continental United States, Hawaii and Guam. Fourth Air Force provides leadership, management and oversight to 11 flying wings, one flying group and two regional support groups which provide strategic airlift, airdrop, aeromedical, air refueling and associated expeditionary support activities. Fourth Air Force responsibilities encompass 300 units and more than 21,000 personnel.
 
General Milligan earned her commission through the Academy of Military Science in 1982. She served in the Ohio Air National Guard from 1982 to 1985, earning her navigator wings with the 160th Air Refueling Group, Rickenbacker ANG Base, Ohio. She joined the Air Force Reserve in 1985 as a KC-135 Stratotanker navigator with the 940th Air Refueling Wing, Mather AFB, Calif. In 1998, she became the 940th Mission Support Squadron Commander and then returned to operations in 2000 as the Chief of Tanker Operations, 4th Air Force, March ARB, Calif. After Sept. 11, 2001, she deployed as the Director for Tanker Operations for Air Mobility Command and the Deputy Director of Mobility Forces, 1st Air Force/North American Aerospace Defense Command Continental Region. In December, 2003, she was selected as the Commander, 624th Regional Support Group, Hawaii, where she led approximately 750 Airmen in seven support squadrons. In 2006, she deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the Vice Wing Commander, 376th Air Expeditionary Wing, Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan. 


Brigadier General Martha A. Meeker 

Brig. Gen. Martha A. Meeker was Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center is the Air Force's Center of Excellence for advanced expeditionary combat support training and education, while also providing direct oversight for en route and installation support, contingency response, and partner capacity building mission sets within the global mobility enterprise. The Expeditionary Center provides operational control of the Mobility Operations School and the Expeditionary Operations School, and administrative control for six wings and two groups within Air Mobility Command.

General Meeker earned her commission as a graduate of Air Force's Officer Training School in 1987. Her operational assignments include duty as an EC-135, KC-135 and E-3 instructor navigator and evaluator within Strategic Air Command and NATO. General Meeker  commanded at the squadron and wing level with staff duties at Air Mobility Command, the Air Staff and the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. She also served as an Air Officer Commanding at the United States Air Force Academy, a Deputy Group Commander, a Vice Wing Commander and most recently as Commandant, USAF Expeditionary Center.


Brigadier General Maria C. Owens

Brig. Gen. Maria C. Owens was Director for Manpower and Personnel, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. General Owens was responsible for providing the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff manpower and personnel advice and support to ensure maximum readiness and sustainability of the total force. The J-1 or Manpower and Personnel Directorate provides plans, policy and guidance on joint personnel readiness. J-1 also provides manpower management policies, plans and oversight for all joint and combined activities reporting to or through the Chairman. The directorate gives policy and guidance on joint officer management matters and administers the internal Joint Staff civilian and military personnel programs.

General Owens received her commission in 1975 through the Air Force ROTC program at Baylor University. Prior to her current assignment, she served as the Chief of Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Homeland Security, Washington. General Owens also served as the Executive Secretary for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where she directed the administrative support staff of the Secretary. She was the primary OSD liaison with the White House, National Security Council and State Department.

General Owens served as a personnel officer on the Air Staff, at the Air Force Personnel Center and Headquarters European Command. 


Brigadier General Mary F. O'Brien

Brig. Gen. Mary F. O'Brien is the Vice Commander of the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, Texas, with duty location at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. The Air Force ISR Agency provides multisource ISR products, applications, capabilities and resources, as well as Cyber ISR forces and expertise. The Air Force ISR Agency includes the 70th and 480th ISR wings; National Air and Space Intelligence Center; Air Force Technical Applications Center; 361st Special Operations Forces ISR Group; and all Air Force cryptologic operations. More than 19,000 Air Force ISR Agency Airmen worldwide provide flexible collection, analysis, weapons monitoring, and operational intelligence to joint warfighters and national agencies.

General O'Brien received her commission upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1989. She has served in a variety of intelligence staff and command assignments. Her staff assignments include numbered air force, major command, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and Joint Staff positions.

She commanded the 22nd Intelligence Squadron, Fort Meade, Maryland; 691st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, Royal Air Force Menwith Hill, England; and 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, Fort Meade, Maryland. Her tours outside of the intelligence field include serving as a legislative fellow on Capitol Hill and in the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Legislative Liaison Inquiries Division. 


Brigadier General Lisa Naftzger-Kang

Brig. Gen. Lisa Naftzger-Kang is the Mobilization Assistant to the Air Force Deputy Surgeon General, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Falls Church, Va. As the Mobilization Assistant, she assists the Deputy Surgeon General in directing the operations of the Air Force Medical Service, comprised of a $7.1 billion, 43,000-person integrated health care delivery system serving 2.4 million beneficiaries at 75 military treatment facilities world-wide. Included in these functions are clinical operations and quality, aeromedical evacuation, global force management, readiness, strategic medical plans, programs and budget, medical force management and medical information systems management. General Naftzger-Kang coordinates Air Force Medical Service operations through major commands, Joint Service agencies, the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), the TRICARE Management Activity and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

General Naftzger-Kang was born in Morrison, Ill. She has served in a variety of roles including flight nurse, medical readiness officer, flight instructor, chief, standardization and evaluation, squadron chief nurse, squadron commander, Chief of the Medical Division for 22nd Air Force and as the Mobilization Assistant to the Assistant Surgeon General for Medical Force Development and Nursing Services. In her civilian capacity, Colonel Naftzger-Kang is a certified family nurse practitioner and works in the department of surgery at a major hospital in Chicago, Ill. She's served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 1999 as a clinical preceptor for nurse practitioner students.


Major General Susan L. Pamerleau

Maj. Gen. Susan L. Pamerleau was the director of personnel force management, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. As the director she was responsible for ensuring deputy chief of staff of personnel and Air Force chief of staff personnel policies and strategic objectives are integrated in the development and establishment of policies, plans and programs for civilian and military utilization, classification, promotions, evaluation, retention, separations and retirements. In addition, she is responsible for all aspects of force management including readiness and joint issues, civilian regionalization, dispute resolutions, future systems and rated force management.

The general attended Phillips University in Enid, Okla., for three years before graduating from the University of Wyoming in 1968. She received her commission through Officer Training School, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in September 1968. The general has held numerous personnel, training, programming, political-military and administrative positions during her career, including assignments to Headquarters U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon. She has served on the International Military Staff at NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, and also spent overseas tours in Germany and South Korea.

The general commanded the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, the 3700th Personnel Resources Group, and a Women in the Air Force squadron. She also served as vice commander of the Air Force Basic Military Training School and the Air Force Military Personnel Center. Prior to her current assignment, she commanded the Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph Air Force Base.


Major General Teresa Marné Peterson

Maj. Gen. Teresa Marné Peterson was the 25th Commandant, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. The National War College is the senior service school in the study of national security affairs.

The general graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in photographic sciences. A distinguished graduate of Officer Training School, she was commissioned in 1973. After her initial assignment as an aircraft maintenance officer, she entered undergraduate pilot training and received her pilot wings in 1979. She has held positions as an instructor pilot and operations officer, and she is the first Air Force woman to command a flying squadron. She also commanded the 86th Support Group, 14th Flying Training Wing and the 305th Air Mobility Wing at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. During this command, she deployed as the Director of Mobility Forces for Operation Enduring Freedom at the Combined Air Operations Center, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, where she orchestrated 90 coalition aircraft through 5,000 sorties, 39 million pounds of cargo moved and 190 million pounds of fuel off-loaded in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

Her staff assignments included assignment officer for The Colonels' Group at Headquarters Air Force Military Personnel Center, and Chief of the Mobility Control Center at U.S. Transportation Command. She served on the Air Staff as Director of Transportation and, most recently, as Director of Operations and Training.


Major General Polly A. Peyer

Maj. Gen. Polly A. Peyer was Commander, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. She was responsible for worldwide logistics support for C-130 and C-5 transport aircraft, F-15 fighter aircraft, U-2 reconnaissance aircraft as well as support for remotely piloted vehicles, Air Force helicopters, air-to-air missiles, surface motor vehicles and high-technology airborne electronics, avionics and electronic warfare requirements.

General Peyer entered active duty as an enlisted member in July 1975 and was commissioned through Officer Training School, Lackland AFB, Texas, in March 1977. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and a master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Her military education includes in-residence attendance at Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

General Peyer commanded at squadron, group and wing levels. She held major command and headquarters-level positions and was formerly the military assistant to the acting Secretary of the Air Force. She is certified in Life Cycle Logistics, Level III, by the Acquisition Professional Development Program. The general served as the Director of Logistics, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii, with collateral duties as the Director of Logistics for Joint Task Force-519.


Brigadier General Patricia A. Quisenberry

Brig. Gen. Patricia A. Quisenberry is the mobilization assistant to the Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.

General Quisenberry entered the Air Force in 1979 as a distinguished graduate of the University of Northern Colorado ROTC program. After serving seven years as an intelligence applications officer, she separated from active duty in November 1986. In the Air Force Reserve, she has served as an intelligence individual mobilization augmentee to Pacific Air Forces Command, Air Force Intelligence Agency, Military Airlift Command and Air Force Special Operations Command. She has also been an Active Guard Reserve officer at Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Prior to her current assignment, she was mobilization assistant to the Director of Intelligence, Headquarters Air Combat Command.

From February 2010 to September 2010, General Quisenberry served as the Deputy Director, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Directorate, Headquarters U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Fla., in support of Operation Unified Response, the U.S. government's response to the Haitian relief efforts following the January 2010 earthquake.


Brigadier General Karen S. Rankin

Brigadier General Karen S. Rankin was director of plans and programs, Air Education and Training Command, headquartered at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. As director of plans and programs, she was responsible for command supervision over all programming, mission requirement, manpower and organization, and long-range planning actions.

The general entered the Air Force in February 1967 through Officer Training School, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and commanded a student squadron, a military entrance processing station and two training wings.


Major General Karen A. Rizzuti

Maj. Gen. Karen A. Rizzuti is the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, 24th Air Force, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland , Texas. The 24th Air Force’s mission is to operate, extend and defend the Air Force Information Network, defend key mission systems, and provide full spectrum cyberspace capabilities for the joint warfighter in, through and from cyberspace. Twenty-fourth Air Force comprises two wings, the 67th Cyber Wing and 688th Cyber Wing, and the 5th Combat Communications Group, as well as the 624th Operations Center. 

General Rizzuti was commissioned through Officer Training School in 1986, and has held a variety of space operations positions including command and control of four different satellite constellations; space operations training, testing and evaluation; joint duty at U.S. Space Command; Headquarters Air Force Space Command training and testing staff duty, squadron command, wing command, Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) to the Vice Commander, Space Warfare Center, and Senior IMA to the 50th Space Wing Commander. She served as Mobilization Assistant to the Director of the National Security Space Office at the Pentagon, and as the IMA to the Headquarters Air Force Space Command Inspector General. Prior to assuming her current position, General Rizzuti was the Vice Commander, 10th Air Force, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base,Texas. 


Brigadier General Katherine E. Roberts

Brig. Gen. Katherine E. Roberts was Director, Signals Intelligence Systems Acquisition, National Reconnaissance Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space, Chantilly, Va.

General Roberts entered the Air Force in 1977 through the ROTC program at Indiana University where she was a distinguished graduate. Her assignments include space operations, acquisition of space systems and staff work. She was a manned space flight engineer, the program manager of a major acquisition program (group equivalent), stood up a materiel wing, and has served on the staffs at major command and unified command headquarters, Joint Staff and Office of the Secretary of Defense.

The general served as the Vice Director of Operations at U.S. Space Command and the Vice Director for Space Operations at the new U.S. Strategic Command for the run-up and execution of Operation Iraqi Freedom. General Roberts also served as the Commander, Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems Wing at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. Prior to assuming her current position, she was the special assistant to the Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Chantilly, Va.  


General Lori J. Robinson 

Gen. Lori J. Robinson is Commander, Pacific Air Forces; Air Component Commander for U.S. Pacific Command; and Executive Director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. PACAF is responsible for Air Force activities spread over half the globe in a command that supports more than 46,000 Airmen serving principally in Japan, Korea, Hawaii, Alaska and Guam.

General Robinson entered the Air Force in 1982 through the ROTC program at the University of New Hampshire. She has served in a variety of positions as an air battle manager, including instructor and Commander of the Command and Control Operations Division at the Air Force Fighter Weapons School, as well as Chief of Tactics in the 965th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron. She has commanded an operations group, a training wing, an air control wing and has deployed as Vice Commander of the 405th Air Expeditionary Wing, leading more than 2,000 Airmen flying B-1 Lancer, KC-135 Stratotanker and E-3 Sentry in operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. General Robinson was an Air Force Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and served at the Pentagon as Director of the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group. She has also been Deputy Director for Force Application and Support, Directorate of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Following this General Robinson was Director, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. General Robinson also served as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command; Deputy, Combined Force Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, Southwest Asia. Prior to her current assignment, General Robinson was the Vice Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.   


Major General Jane C. Rohr

Maj. Gen. Jane C. Rohr is the mobilization assistant to the Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

General Rohr entered the Air Force in 1980 through Officer Training School. Her active-duty assignments include a tour as tester/trainer at the Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry Phased Array Warning System early missile warning site at Beale AFB, Calif., and an intercontinental ballistic missile acquisition officer at the Ballistic Missile Office, Norton AFB, Calif. As a Reservist, General Rohr served in the Information Systems Security Office at the Defense Information Systems Agency; as the division chief, Military Satellite Communications, Headquarters Joint Forces Command; and as an adviser to the Chief of Space Force Enhancement at the Pentagon.

General Rohr was the first Vice Commander of the Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing at Los Angeles AFB, Calif. She has also served as the senior individual mobilization augmentee to the Commander of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever AFB, Colo., as the mobilization assistant to the Director of Communications and Information, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo., and as the mobilization assistant to the Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB. Prior to her current assignment, General Rohr was the mobilization assistant to the Commander, 14th Air Force, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.


Major General Patricia A. Rose

Maj. Gen. Patricia A. Rose is the Mobilization Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. She supports the Deputy Chief of Staff in leadership, management and integration of Air Force logistics readiness, aircraft and missile maintenance, civil engineering and security forces, as well as setting policy and preparing budget estimates that reflect enhancements to productivity, combat readiness and quality of life for Air Force members.

General Rose entered the Air Force through Officer Training School in 1984.  Her more notable assignments include Mobilization Assistant to the Director for Logistics, Engineering, and Security Assistance, U.S. Pacific Command and Mission Director for the U.S. Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center in Southwest Asia, where she directed joint logistics for operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. 


Brigadier General Lyn D. Sherlock

Brig. Gen. Lyn D. Sherlock was the Director, Regional Affairs, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. She managed the Air Force's direct liaison with foreign government officials, Washington agency counterparts, and representatives of the aerospace industry to implement Air Force security cooperation programs, particularly the sale of Air Force military equipment to foreign governments. The Regional Affairs Directorate provides analysis and advice to senior leaders on current politico-military affairs and their impact on the Air Force. In this position, she also served as Air Force member, Delegation to Inter-American Defense Board; and Air Force Member, Joint Mexico-U.S. Defense Commission.

General Sherlock was commissioned in 1982 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. She has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, and has staff experience at U.S. Central Command headquarters and Headquarters U.S. Air Force.

General Sherlock's contingency experience includes deployments during operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. During Operation Enduring Freedom, she served as the U.S. Transportation Command Liaison Officer to U.S. Central Command, ensuring the rapid delivery of forces and resources in the global war against terrorism. She also served as commander of a base in Southwest Asia responsible for airlift operations into Afghanistan. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, she served as Commander of the 362nd Air Expeditionary Group at Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany, directing combat airlift operations for both OIF and OEF, and was the Deputy Mission Commander for the airdrop of the 173rd Airborne Brigade into Northern Iraq at the beginning of OIF. 


Major General Kimberly A. Siniscalchi

Maj Gen Kimberly A. Siniscalchi was Assistant Air Force Surgeon General, Medical Force Development, and Assistant Air Force Surgeon General, Nursing Services, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Falls Church, Virginia. As Assistant Air Force Surgeon General, Medical Force Development, she established new and appraises existing personnel policy and staffing requirements for over 44 thousand active-duty, officer, enlisted and civilian personnel. Her directorate was responsible for all medical education and training. As Assistant Air Force Surgeon General, Nursing Services, she created and evaluated nursing policies and programs for 19,000 active-duty, Guard and Reserve nursing personnel. She interacted with Air Staff, Joint Staff, DOD, VA and civilian healthcare organizations to ensure the highest caliber of nursing care and personnel.

General Siniscalchi received her commission in 1979 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Pittsburgh, Pa. Her leadership experience includes commanding eight consecutive years at squadron and group levels, and serving Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton as the Air Force nurse assigned to the White House Medical Unit. 


Major General Erika C. Steuterman

Maj. Gen. Erika C. Steuterman is mobilization assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. She assists in developing, integrating, evaluating and analyzing the U.S. Air Force Future Years Defense Program that exceeds $822 billion, and the Air Force Long-Range Plan to support national security objectives and military strategy.

General Steuterman was commissioned through the ROTC program at Purdue University in May 1977. Her active-duty assignments were to the Strategic Air Command's 7th Bombardment Wing at Carswell Air Force Base, Texas, as Chief of Combat Intelligence and wing executive officer. She has been an individual mobilization augmentee to the Defense Intelligence Agency as Reserve Air Attaché; Commandant of the Squadron Officer School; and the Deputy Political Adviser at Headquarters U.S. European Command. The general has also served as mobilization assistant to the Director of Intelligence at Headquarters USEUCOM; Commander, Air Intelligence Agency; Director, National Security Agency; Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command; and Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.

General Steuterman is a veteran of operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Allied Force, and she served as Director of the Information Operations Coordination Element while supporting the Air Force Component Commander in Southwest Asia from April to June 2003. 


Brigadier General Linda J. Stierle

Brig. Gen. Linda J. Stierle was director of medical readiness and nursing services, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Bolling Air Force Base, D.C.

The general was born in Greenville, S.C., and spent her childhood years traveling around the world as a dependent of a career non-commissioned officer. She attended eight schools and graduated from Lincoln (Neb.) High School, in 1966. In September 1969, she graduated from Spartanburg (S.C.) General Hospital School of Nursing, where she received the Wallace Award for Nursing Excellence. She received a direct commission in the Air Force Nurse Corps as a second lieutenant in 1970.


Major General Jocelyn M. Seng 

Maj. Gen. Jocelyn M. Seng is the mobilization assistant to the Commander and President, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. She assists in providing full spectrum education, research, and outreach at every level through professional military education, professional continuing education, and academic degree granting. She assists in leading the intellectual and leadership center of the U.S. Air Force, graduating more than 50,000 resident and 120,000 non-resident officers, enlisted and civilian personnel each year. Additionally, she assists with officer commissioning through Officer Training School and the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

General Seng entered the Air Force in 1984 as a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ROTC program. Her technical area of expertise is composite materials design, analysis and manufacturing, and she is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Prior to assuming her current position, she was the mobilization assistant to the Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. As a civilian, she is a Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, working in the areas of cyberspace, missile defense, science and engineering workforce management, and assessment of militarily critical technologies.


Brigadier General Carmelita Schimmenti

Brigadier General Carmelita Schimmenti was chief of the U. S Air Force Nurse Corps, Office of the Surgeon General; Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

General Schimmenti was born in 1936, in Albuquerque, N.M., and graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1954. She received her nursing diploma from Regina School of Nursing, Albuquerque, in 1957, a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1966 and a master of public health degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1974. Both degrees were sponsored under the Air Force Institute of Technology Program.

After joining the U.S. Air Force in 1958, the general served as an operating room nurse and general duty nurse at the USAF Medical Center Wright-Patterson, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, from August 1958 until September 1960. During this time she completed the flight nurse course at Gunter Air Force Base, Ala. She was then assigned as a general duty nurse at USAF Dispensary, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. In May 1962 General Schimmenti transferred to the 9th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Tachikawa Air Base, Japan, where she was a flight nurse until August 1964 when she left to attend the University of Pittsburgh. Following completion of her studies in July 1966, she was assigned to the USAF School of Health Care Sciences, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, as an instructor in the Medical Service Specialist Course. In June 1968 General Schimmenti become the charge nurse in the school health program and primary care screening nurse at USAF Dispensary, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. She returned to the United States in January 1971 and was assigned to David Grant USAF Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., as charge nurse emergency services and primary care clinic, charge nurse oncology clinic and home care service.

Following graduate studies at the University of North Carolina from August 1973 until August 1974, the general transferred to Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, where she served as charge nurse, clinical coordinator and facility design coordinator during the major construction project there. In October 1978 she transferred to the Medical Inspection Directorate at the Air Force Inspection and Safety Center, Norton Air Force Base, Calif. She returned to Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in May 1981 as chief, Division of Nursing. In March 1983 General Schimmenti was selected as command nurse, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.


Major General Debra A. Scullary

Brig. Gen. Debra A. Scullary is the mobilization assistant to the Deputy Judge Advocate General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

The general was born in Pittsfield, Mass., and entered the Air Force in 1980 as a direct appointee. While on active duty, she served as an assistant staff judge advocate and then area defense counsel at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. Following active duty, she served twelve years in the New York Air National Guard as an assistant staff judge advocate and then staff judge advocate at Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, N.Y. During that time, she was also command counsel to the New York State Adjutant General. General Scullary transferred to the Air Force Reserve in 1996 where she was assigned to the Air Force Legal Services Agency until January 2006. She then served as the mobilization assistant to the Staff Judge Advocate for Headquarters Air Mobility Command and Chief Counsel to U.S.Transportation Command. Prior to her current assignment, she was the mobilization assistant to the Commander, Air Force Legal Operations Agency, Bolling AFB, D.C.

In her civilian career, she is a labor and employment lawyer for the Veterans Administration in Albany, N.Y.


Brigadier General Jarisse J. Sanborn

Brig. Gen. Jarisse J. Sanborn was Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

General Sanborn was commissioned in the Air Force in 1974 after completing Officer Training School at Lackland AFB, Texas, as a distinguished graduate. She initially served as a squadron and wing executive officer, and in 1978 was selected to attend law school under the auspices of the Air Force's Funded Legal Education Program. She has since served in various assignments at the wing, numbered air force, major command, unified and bi-national command levels, and the Air Staff. As the 4th Fighter Wing Staff Judge Advocate, she deployed to Oman and Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War in 1990-1991.

General Sanborn served in a series of dual-hatted Staff Judge Advocate positions, most recently at U.S. Transportation Command and Air Mobility Command, and prior to that at Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Space Command and U.S. Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.


Brigadier General Paula G. Thornhill 
Brig. Gen. Paula G. Thornhill was Commandant, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The institute supports national defense by providing graduate, post-graduate, and professional education and research programs for Air Force, sister service, and foreign officers and civilians in pertinent scientific and technical disciplines.

General Thornhill entered the Air Force in 1980 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where she later returned as an instructor and executive officer to the Dean of the Faculty. She was assigned to the Air Staff, Joint Staff, U.S. Strategic Command and Office of the Secretary of Defense. The general commanded a support group, served as Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs at the National War College, and was special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Prior to her current assignment, she was the Principal Director, Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Major General Kathy E. Thomas

Maj. Gen. Kathy E. Thomas was the mobilization assistant to the Vice Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

General Thomas was commissioned in 1972 after completing Officer Training School. While stationed at Minot AFB, N.D., she was one of the last Woman Air Force squadron commanders in Strategic Air Command. She helped write the plan to completely integrate women in the Air Force. While stationed in Thailand, she supported the rescue of the merchant ship SS Mayaguez, and as the wing commander's executive officer she was involved in the resettlement of evacuees following the evacuations of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Saigon, Republic of Vietnam.

The general transferred to the Air Force Reserve in 1978 as an intelligence officer. She has served as an interrogator, escape and evasion instructor, and  Latin American specialist, serving extended tours of duty with U.S. Southern Command. In 1994, she assumed duties as the senior Reservist assigned to the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs. There she was selected to assist the U.S. Chairman, Committee on Women in North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces. Concurrently, she served for two years as an adjunct Reserve Officer Training Corps professor of aerospace studies at San Diego State University. In 1995, while assigned to the Air Force Space Command, she served at wing, numbered air force and unified command levels. Subsequently, as the mobilization assistant to the Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, she was the chief architect of the Leadership Development Council and led the Officer Development System implementation team for the cadet wing. 


Brigadier General Janet A. Therianos

Brig. Gen. Janet A. Therianos was Director of Intelligence, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. As AMC's senior intelligence officer, she was responsible for the daily intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance activities supporting the AMC commander, the 18th Air Force commander, and the 618th Tanker Airlift Control Center. She advocateed intelligence policy and weapon system requirements, and she guided intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tactics, techniques and procedures applicable to AMC forces. The general was responsible for organizing, training and equipping intelligence operations forces for 114 Total Force mobility units worldwide. As the AMC senior intelligence officer, she chaired the multi-directorate AMC Threat Working Group.

General Therianos received her commission in 1980 through the U.S. Air Force Academy. She was a command pilot, flight examiner, flight instructor and functional check pilot. She commanded an air refueling squadron, an air mobility group, two deployed tanker task forces and an air expeditionary group. In addition to her operational background, she held a variety of staff positions at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Headquarters 15th Air Force, U.S. Transportation Command and the Air Force Secretariat.


Brigadier General Sarah P. Wells 

Brigadier General Sarah P. Wells was chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

General Wells was born in Hackensack, N.J., and graduated from Hackensack High School. She received her nursing diploma from Hackensack Hospital in 1948, a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Columbia University in 1961 and a master of science degree in public health supervision from the University of Colorado in 1966.

In December 1951 General Wells joined the Air Force as a first lieutenant and was assigned to the hospital at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. During that assignment she attended the Flight Nurse School at Gunter Air Force Base, Ala. Following graduation General Wells was assigned to Clovis Air Force Base, N.M., from 1953 to 1955. Her next assignment was to the U.S. Air Force Hospital Wiesbaden, Lindsey Air Station, Wiesbaden, Germany. In October 1957 she moved to the U.S. Air Force Hospital at Homestead Air Force Base, Fla.

In 1959 she entered Teachers College at Columbia University, New York City, and received a bachelor of science degree in nursing in January 1961.

General Wells served at Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Mich., from February 1961 to June 1963, when she was assigned to Tachikawa Air Base, Japan. After flying as a basic medical crewmember for a year, she served as the chief nurse of Detachment 1, 1453rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron until August 1965.

Following this assignment she attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo., and received a master of science degree in public health nursing supervision in August 1966.

She was then assigned as administrative nurse, Headquarters Twenty-first Air Force, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. In September 1968 she became nurse adviser for reserve affairs, Headquarters Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. She became assistant for nursing services, Headquarters Military Airlift Command, in July 1970.

Her first assignment to the Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, was as administrative nurse, Office of the Chief, Air Force Nurse Corps, from 1972 to 1975. In July 1975 she become assistant for nursing services, Office of the Command Surgeon, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. In August 1978 she was assigned as command nurse, Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base, Md. She held that position until February 1979, when she assumed her present position.

General Wells was designated the senior nurse consultant in flight nursing by the surgeon general in 1973 and consultant in nursing administration in 1977.


Major General Margaret H. Woodward

Maj. Gen. Margaret H. Woodward was the Director of the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Office of the Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. The SAPR office is the service's single point of accountability and oversight for sexual assault policy matters, and reports directly to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force. The SAPR office develops policies and programs that address the service's sexual assault prevention, education, accountability, victim assistance and assessment efforts.

Gen. Woodward entered the Air Force in 1983 as a graduate of Arizona State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering. Her career includes a variety of operational and staff positions, including command at the squadron, group, wing and numbered Air Force levels. She flew and commanded in operations Just Cause, Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, Gen. Woodward was Commander, 17th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Africa and served as Coalition Forces Air Component Commander for Operation Odyssey Dawn. Gen. Woodward also served as acting director, Operational Planning, Policy and Strategy and as deputy chief of staff, Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.