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Marcus F. Novak, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. As Director he leads a staff of 513 personnel across 12 divisions and advocates a budget of $5.5 billion. He is responsible for the policy, budget and oversight of ACC's maintenance, munitions, supply, transportation, civil engineering and force protection functions.

Mr. Novak provides direction and oversight to more than 42,000 personnel assigned to 14 bases and over 200 operating locations worldwide that maintain and support over 1,200 combat and special mission aircraft and 750 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. He also provides direct oversight of the command’s infrastructure investment program while maintaining combat ready security forces units for rapid deployment/employment.

Mr. Novak was commissioned in 1986 as a graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at the University of South Florida, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science. His assignments have included responsibilities leading aircraft and munitions maintenance, nuclear operations and force protection. Mr. Novak has led actions during numerous contingency deployments and has served in various headquarters staff positions to include four major commands, the Air Force Personnel Center, Air Staff and the Joint Staff. He has commanded three maintenance squadrons and one of the Air Force’s largest maintenance groups. After completing 30 years of active military service, he retired as a colonel and entered the Senior Executive Service in November 2016.


1986 – Bachelor of Arts in political science, University of South Florida, Tampa

1989 – Master of Public Administration, Troy State University, Montgomery, Ala.

1992 – Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

1998 – Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

2003 – Air War College, by correspondence

2005 – Air War College with Academic Distinction, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2005 – Masters degree in strategic studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2006 – Executive Program in Logistics and Technology, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2007 – Joint Professional Military Education Phase II, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.

2009 – Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

2010 – Leadership Enhancement Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.


1.  April 1987 – August 1987, Student, Munitions Maintenance Officer Course, Lowry AFB, Colo.

2.  August 1987 – December 1989, OIC, Maintenance & Storage and Armament Systems Branches, 97th Munitions Maintenance Squadron, Eaker AFB, Ark.

3.  December 1989 – April 1992, OIC, Munitions Maintenance Branch, Rimini AFD, Italy

4.  April 1992 – June 1994, Sortie Generation Flight and Sortie Support Flight Commander, 512th Fighter Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany

5.  June 1994 – June 1995, Chief, Maintenance Plans and Policy, Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany

6.  June 1995 – February 1996, Executive Officer, Director of Logistics, Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany

7.  February 1996 – June 1999, Chief, Maintenance Officer Assignments, Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, Texas

8.  June 1999 – July 2000, Squadron Maintenance Officer, 493rd Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England

9.  July 2000 – June 2001, Commander, 48th Component Repair Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England

10.  June 2001 – January 2003, Commander, 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England

11.  January 2003 – August 2003, Commander, 48th Munitions Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England

12.  August 2003 – July 2004, Chief, Munitions, Transportation and Support Equipment Procurement Branch, Combat Support Division, Resources Directorate, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

13.  July 2004 – June 2005, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

14.  June 2005 – March 2006, Joint Strategic Planner, Joint Experimentation, Transformation and Concepts Division, J-7, the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

15.  March 2006 – August 2007, Chief, Joint Concepts Branch, Joint Experimentation, Transformation and Concepts Division, J-7, the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

16.  August 2007 – July 2009, Commander, 48th Maintenance Group, RAF Lakenheath, England

17.  July 2009 – August 2011, Director, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

18.  August 2011 – July 2013, Chief, Nuclear Operations, Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany

19.  July 2013 – September 2016, Chief, Aircraft and Munitions Maintenance Division, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

20.  November 2016 – November 2017, Deputy Director of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters Air Combat Command, JB Langley-Eustis, Va.
21. November 2017 - present. Director of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters Air Combat Command, JB Langley-Eustis, Va.


Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal

National Defense Service Medal with campaign star

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Southwest Asia Service Medal with campaign star

Kosovo Campaign Medal with campaign star

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Armed Forces Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

Air and Space Campaign Medal

North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal

2001 Air Force Gen. Thomas P. Gerrity Logistics Award (Individual Category)
2002 Air Force Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award, Munitions/Missile Maintenance Field Grade Manager
2012 Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center “Order of the Nucleus” Award

(Current as of December 2017)


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