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MAJOR GENERAL ALBERT M. "BUCK" ELTON II

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Maj. Gen. Albert M. “Buck” Elton II is the Deputy Director for Special Operations and Counterterrorism on the Joint Staff. He advises the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on employing Special Operations Forces, counterterrorism and detainee affairs. He directs staffing of Combatant Commander-approved concepts and preparation of briefings and position papers for the CJCS and Secretary of Defense.

General Elton graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1989. He is a command pilot with more than 4,300 flying hours, including 191 combat hours in Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia. He has commanded at the squadron, group, wing levels and commanded joint forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti. He has served on the combatant command, major command and the Joint Staff.

EDUCATION
1989 Bachelor of Science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
1995 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1996 Master of Aviation Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
2000 Aircraft Mishap Investigation Course, Air Force Safety Center Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2001 Advanced Instrument School, Randolph AFB, Texas
2002 U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2008 National Defense Fellowship, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
2009 Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va. 
2013 Senior Joint Information Operations Applications Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2016 Combined and Joint Force Land Component Commander Course, Carlisle Barracks, Penn.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. 1989 - 1990, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB, Texas
2. 1991 - 1994, Aircraft Commander, 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Rhein-Main AB, Germany
3. 1994 - 1998, Evaluator Pilot, 15th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
4. 1998 - 1999, Evaluator Pilot, 550th Special Operations Squadron, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
5. 1999 - 2001, Fixed Wing Chief, 58th Operations Group Standards and Evaluation, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
6. 2001 - 2002, Student, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
7. 2002 - 2004, Fixed Wing Branch Chief and J35 Planner, USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, Fla.
8. 2004 - 2005, Operations Officer, 8th Special Operations Squadron, Duke Field, Fla.
9. 2005 - 2007, Commander, 7th Special Operations Squadron, RAF Mildenhall, England
10. 2007 - 2008, National Defense Fellow, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
11. 2008 - 2009, Chief, Strategic Planning Division, AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
12. 2009 - 2011, Commander, 1st Special Operations Group, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
13. 2011 - 2013, Commander, 27th Special Operations Wing, Cannon AFB, N.M.
14. 2013 - 2014, Director, Strategic Plans, Programs, and requirements, AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
15. 2014 - 2016, Deputy Commanding General of JSOC, Fort Bragg, N.C.
16. 2016 - present, Deputy Director for Special Operations and Counterterrorism (J37) for the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
2002 - 2004, Fixed Wing Branch Chief, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla., as a major 
2014 - 2016, Deputy Commanding General, JSOC, Fort Bragg, N.C., as a major general
2016 - present, Deputy Director for Special Operations and Counterterrorism (J37) for the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: more than 4,300 flying hours, including 191 combat hours, 800 instructor hours and 250 evaluator hours
Aircraft: C-130E, MC-130H, MC-130E, MQ-1B

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster 
Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster 
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters 
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 31, 1989 
First Lieutenant May 31, 1991 
Captain May 31, 1993
Major September 1, 2000 
Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 2004 
Colonel Sept. 1, 2008 
Brigadier General July 3, 2013
Major General April 21, 2017

(Current as of May 2017)