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.