Maj. Gen. William N. McCasland is the Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for managing the Air Force's $2.2 billion science and technology program as well as additional customer funded research and development of $2.2 billion. He is also responsible for a global workforce of approximately 10,800 people in the laboratory's component technology directorates, 711th Human Performance Wing and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
General McCasland was commissioned in 1979 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in astronautical engineering. He has served in a wide variety of space research, acquisition and operations roles within the Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office. He commanded the Phillips site of Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland AFB, N.M., and served as Vice Commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center and the Space and Missile Systems Center. He previously served at the Pentagon, first as the Director, Space Acquisition, in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, and then as Director of Special Programs, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. General McCasland holds a doctorate degree in astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied under a John and Fannie Hertz Foundation fellowship.
1979 Bachelor of Science degree in astronautical engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1980 Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
1988 Doctor of Philosophy degree in astronautical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
1995 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1999 Advanced Program Manager's Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2004 United States-Russia Security Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1. September 1979 - September 1980, graduate student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
2. October 1980 - March 1984, payload development engineer, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Special Projects-6, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
3. April 1984 - June 1985, Chief, Payload Systems Division, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Special Projects-8, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
4. July 1985 - September 1988, doctoral student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
5. October 1988 - May 1992, assistant director, Systems Engineering, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Special Projects-13, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
6. June 1992 - July 1994, Director, Mission Planning, Aerospace Data Facility, Buckley AFB, Colo.
7. August 1994 - May 1995, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. June 1995 - August 1997, Commander, Operations Squadron, Aerospace Data Facility, Buckley AFB, Colo.
9. August 1997 - March 2000, Chief Engineer, Navstar GPS Joint Program Office, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
10. April 2000 - September 2001, System Program Director, Space Based Laser Project Office, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
11. October 2001- May 2004, Materiel Wing Director, Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate, and Commander, Phillips Research Site, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
12. June 2004 - October 2005, Vice Commander, Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill AFB, Utah
13. October 2005 - June 2007, Vice Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
14. June 2007 - June 2009, Director, Space Acquisition, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
15. June 2009 - May 2011, Director, Special Programs, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
16. May 2011 - present, Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 30, 1979
First Lieutenant May 30, 1981
Captain May 30, 1983
Major March 1, 1988
Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 1991
Colonel Aug. 1, 1998
Brigadier General July 1, 2005
Major General Dec. 3, 2007
(Current as of April 2013)