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Maj. Gen. Stephen M. Goldfein is Vice Director of the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. The general assists the Director of the Joint Staff and provides oversight to Joint Staff support activities, including administration and action management, budget, information technology and services, support services, and security.

General Goldfein was commissioned in 1978 following graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. His assignments include duties as a T-38 and F-15 instructor pilot and flight examiner, U.S. Senate liaison officer and Joint Director for Operations. He has also served as executive officer to the Air Force Chief of Staff, Deputy Director of Joint Warfighting Capability Assessments on the Joint Staff, and Director of Requirements for the U.S. Air Force. His previous commands include a fighter squadron, fighter operations group, fighter wing and the USAF Warfare Center. Prior to his current assignment he was Vice Commander, Air Combat Command.

In 1998, General Goldfein commanded Airmen from 10 bases in the Pacific theater on the first Air Expeditionary Force deployment to provide precision air-strike capability from Kwang-Ju, South Korea. He converted a bare base to a full F-15E fighter wing operation. In 1999, he assisted the Air Force Chief of Staff in Operation Allied Force strategic planning and direction. On Sept. 11, 2001, General Goldfein commanded the 1st Fighter Wing in Operation Infinite Justice, the first active-duty response to the terrorist attacks. In 2002, General Goldfein conducted early strategic planning exercises for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. As Commander of the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center from 2004 to 2006, General Goldfein commanded all Predator operations in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom as well as supervising all training and development programs. These operations have averaged more than 40,000 combat operations flight hours per year.

1978 Bachelor's degree in military history, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1981 Distinguished and outstanding wing graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1987 Master's degree in human resources management, Golden Gate University, Holloman AFB, N.M.
1995 Distinguished graduate, Master's degree in national security strategy, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2000 National Security Fellow, Seminar XXI, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
2006 Joint Force Land Component Commander Course, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

1. June 1978 - June 1979, student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
2. June 1979 - December 1983, T-38 instructor pilot, class commander, standardization and evaluation flight examiner, chief of wing plans and executive officer to the base commander, 82nd Flying Training Wing, Williams AFB, Ariz.
3. December 1983 - January 1985, tactical weapons staff officer, Air Staff Training Program, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
4. February 1985 - November 1988, F-15 pilot, instructor pilot, flight commander and flight examiner, 49th Tactical Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, N.M.
5. December 1988 - June 1991, Deputy Chief, U.S. Senate Office for the Air Force Director of Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
6. July 1991 - April 1993, assistant operations officer and operations officer, 2nd Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
7. April 1993 - July 1994, Commander, 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
8. August 1994 - June 1995, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
9. July 1995 - June 1997, Director for Operations, Headquarters Alaskan Command, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
10. June 1997 - April 1999, Commander, 3rd Operations Group, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
11. April 1999 - April 2000, executive officer to the Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
12. April 2000 - January 2002, Commander, 1st Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, Va.
13. January 2002 - July 2003, Deputy Director for Joint Warfighting Capability Assessments, Directorate of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, the Joint Staff, and Director, Joint Requirements Office for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense, Washington, D.C.
14. July 2003 - October 2004, Director of Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
15. October 2004 - October 2006, Commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis AFB, Nev.
16. November 2006 - February 2007, Vice Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
17. February 2007 - present, Vice Director of the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

Rating: Command pilot
Flight Hours: 3,900
Aircraft flown: T-41, T-37, T-38, F-15 A/B/C/D, F-15E, F-18F, C-12, C-130, E-3B, B-2 and B-1B

Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

1979 Distinguished graduate, undergraduate pilot training
1979 Outstanding graduate, T-38 Instructor Pilot Course
1984 Outstanding graduate and Top Gun, T-38 fighter lead-in training
1984 Outstanding graduate and Top Gun, F-15 Fighter Training Unit

Second Lieutenant June 1, 1978
First Lieutenant June 1, 1980
Captain June 1, 1982
Major April 1, 1987
Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 1991
Colonel Feb. 1, 1995
Brigadier General April 1, 2002
Major General Sept. 1, 2005

(Current as of September 2008)