|MAJOR GENERAL SCOTT M. HANSON|
Maj Gen. Scott M. Hanson is the Commander, Carl A. Spaatz Center for Officer Education, and Commandant, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The Spaatz Center directs, integrates and synchronizes the continuum of Air Force officer professional education, research and outreach that produces leaders for joint and multinational environments. The center includes Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, Squadron Officer College, International Officer School, Education Support Squadron and four distinct Academic Centers. As Air War College Commandant, the general is responsible for the Air Force senior professional military education institution, providing post-graduate senior leader education focused on joint, multinational, multi-agency warfighting, international security operations, airpower strategy development and national security planning.
General Hanson earned his commission in 1984 as a distinguished graduate of Officer Training School. A command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours, the general has previously commanded at the detachment, squadron and wing levels. He flew combat and combat support missions in operations Southern Watch, Restore Hope, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, and served as Commander, 321st Air Expeditionary Wing and Director of the Iraq Training and Advising Mission-Air Force.
1980 Bachelor of Arts degree in business management, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
1987 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1994 Master's degree in aeronautical science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fla.
1997 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., distinguished graduate
2002 Master's degree in strategic studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 Advanced Legislative Process Course, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
2009 Joint Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. February 1984 - January 1985, student, undergraduate pilot training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
2. January 1985 - July 1985, student, T-38 pilot instructor training, Randolph AFB, Texas
3. July 1985 - July 1988, T-38 instructor pilot, T-37 and T-38 functional check pilot and evaluator pilot, 14th Flying Training Wing, Columbus AFB, Miss.
4. August 1988 - February 1989, student, KC-135 pilot qualification, Castle AFB, Calif.
5. February 1989 - January 1992, KC-135 aircraft commander and flight commander, 905th Air Refueling Squadron, later, T-38 accelerated co-pilot and Commander, Enrichment Detachment, 319th Bomb Wing, Grand Forks AFB, N.D.
6. January 1992 - January 1994, KC-10 aircraft commander, instructor and evaluator pilot, and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 458th Operations Group, Barksdale AFB, La.
7. January 1994 - August 1996, operational programming officer, later, assistant executive officer to the Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
8. August 1996 - June 1997, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. June 1997 - February 1999, Chief, Mobility Issues, Air Force Office of Legislative Liaison, later, Congressional liaison officer in the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
10. February 1999 - July 2001, Commander, 99th Airlift Squadron, Andrews AFB, Md.
11. July 2001 - June 2002, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
12. June 2002 - July 2004, U.S. Transportation Command liaison to U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Fla.
13. July 2004 - July 2005, Vice Commander, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif.
14. July 2005 - May 2007, Commander, 92nd Air Refueling Wing, Fairchild AFB, Wash. (January 2006 - May 2006, Deputy Director, U.S. Central Command's Deployment and Distribution Operations Center, Southwest Asia)
15. May 2007 - June 2008, Deputy Director of Operations and Plans, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
16. June 2008 - December 2009, Deputy Director, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
17. January 2010 - January 2011, Director, Iraqi Training and Advisory Mission-Air Force, and Commander, 321st Air Expeditionary Wing, Baghdad, Iraq
18. January 2011 - May 2011, Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
19. May 2011 - present, Commander, Carl A. Spaatz Center for Officer Education, and Commandant, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2002 - July 2004, U.S. Transportation Command liaison to U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Fla., as a lieutenant colonel and colonel
2. January 2006 - May 2006, Deputy Director, U.S. Central Command's Deployment and Distribution Operations Center, Southwest Asia, as a colonel
3. May 2007 - June 2008, Deputy Director of Operations and Plans, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill., as a colonel
4. January 2010 - January 2011, Director, Iraqi Training and Advisory Mission-Air Force, and Commander, 321st Air Expeditionary Wing, Baghdad, Iraq, as a brigadier general
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,600 hours
Aircraft flown: T-37B, T-38A, KC-135R, KC-10A, C-20B, C-20C, C-37A, Mi-17 and T-6A
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Award
AF Outstanding Unit Award with four devices
AF Organizational Excellence Award
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
AF Longevity Service with six devices
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with one device
AF Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait)
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Feb. 3, 1984
First Lieutenant Feb. 3, 1986
Captain Feb. 3, 1988
Major Feb. 1, 1996
Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 1999
Colonel Aug. 1, 2003
Brigadier General April 2, 2009
Major General March 30, 2012
(Current as of April 2012)