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BRIGADIER GENERAL MICHAEL J. SCHMIDT

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Brig. Gen. Michael J. Schmidt is the Program Executive Officer for Fighters and Bombers, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for development, production, fielding, sustainment and modernization of the fighters and bombers portfolio, which includes the A-10, A-29, B-1, B-2, B-52, F-15, F-16, F-22 and Special Programs. He is also responsible for organizing, training and equipping the F-35 System Program Office. 

General Schmidt entered the Air Force in 1991 after graduating from Iowa State University as an industrial engineer and ROTC distinguished graduate. He served as an engineer and program manager on numerous programs including the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System, Joint Strategic Target Attack Radar System and F-22. He worked as a Lockheed Martin program manager via the Education with Industry program. He served as Aide-de-Camp to the AFMC Commander; both an Air Force Legislative and Appropriations Liaison; the lead Joint Strike Fighter Program Element Monitor; an advisor to the Afghan National Army and commanded the 696th Armament Systems Squadron (AIM-120D). General Schmidt then served as the Deputy for Tactical Aircraft Systems in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as the Senior Materiel Leader and Systems Program Director leading the Contractor Logistics Support Division at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center. He also served as Program Executive Officer for Fixed Wing Programs at US Special Operations Command. He is a graduate of the Air Force Legislative Fellows Program and the National War College.

Prior to assuming his current duties, General Schmidt served as the Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Special Operations Forces, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

EDUCATION 
1990 Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Iowa StateUniversity, Ames
1993 U.S. Army Air Assault School, Fort Rucker, Ala.
1995 Master’s degree in Business Administration (finance) - with distinction, Bentley College, Waltham, Mass.
1995 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1997 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala
2001 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2001 Advanced Program Managers Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2003 Certificate in Legislative Studies, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
2003 Legislative Fellow, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.
2005 Air War College, by correspondence
2008 Master’s degree in National Security Strategy, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington D.C.
2011 Executive Program Managers Course, Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2012 USAF Leadership Enhancement Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.
2016 Senior Acquisition Management Course, Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, Va.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 1991 - April 1992, Deputy Program Manager, Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) Navy Integration, JTIDS Joint Program Office, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
2. May 1992 - March 1994, JTIDS Production Program Manager, JTIDS Joint Program Office, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
3. April 1994 - August 1995, E-8C Aircraft Production Program Manager, Joint Strategic Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) Joint Program Office, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
4. September 1995 - June 1996, Fire Control Systems Program Manager (Education with Industry), Lockheed Martin Electronics & Missiles, Orlando, Fla.
5. July 1996 - July 1997, F-22 Legislation and Oversight Program Manager, F-22 System Program Office, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
6. August 1997 - May 1999, F-22 Edges & Empennage IPT Lead, F-22 System Program Office, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
7. June 1999 - May 2000, Commander's Action Team Lead, Directorate of Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
8. June 2000 - August 2001, Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
9. September 2001 - September 2002, Chief, Congressional Relations, Office of Air Force Legislative Liaison, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
10. October 2002 - July 2003, Air Force Legislative Fellow, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
11. August 2003 - June 2005, Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) Lead Program Element Monitor, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12. July 2005 - July 2007, Commander, 696th Armament Systems Squadron (AIM-120D), Eglin AFB, Fla.  (September 2006 - January 2007, Program Analysis Team Chief, CJ-8, Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan)
13. August 2007 - June 2008, Student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
14. July 2008 - June 2010, Deputy for Tactical Aircraft Systems, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, Program Systems Acquisition, Air Warfare, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
15. July 2010 - May 2011, Chief, Contractor Logistics Support Sustainment Division, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker AFB, Okla.
16. May 2011 - July 2014, Program Executive Officer for Fixed Wing Programs, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
17. July 2014 - April 2016, Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance & Special Operations Forces, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
18. April 2016 – Present, Program Executive Officer for Fighters and Bombers, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. September 2006 - January 2007, Program Analysis Team Chief, CJ-8, Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan, as a lieutenant colonel
2. July 2008 - June 2010, Deputy for Tactical Aircraft Systems, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, Program Systems Acquisition, Air Warfare, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant colonel and a colonel
3. May 2011 - July 2014, Program Executive Officer for Fixed Wing Programs, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla., as a colonel

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS 
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1990 Distinguished graduate, Air Force ROTC, Iowa State University, Ames
1998 Company Grade Officer of the Year, F-22 Program, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2004 Kelly H. Burke Acquisition Officer of the Year, SAF/AQ, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
2006 328th Wing Field Grade Officer of the Year, Eglin AFB, Fla.
2006 Air Armament Center Program Manager of the Year, Eglin AFB, Fla.

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Oct. 8, 1990 
First Lieutenant Oct. 8, 1992  
Captain Oct. 8, 1994   
Major Nov. 1, 2001 
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2005
Colonel Sept. 1, 2009
Brigadier General Jan. 1, 2016

(Current as of April 2017)