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.