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LIEUTENANT GENERAL RICHARD Y. NEWTON III

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Lt. Gen. Dick Newton is Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director, Air Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He oversees the administration and organization of the Air Staff, which develops policies, plans and programs; establishes requirements; and provides resources to support the Air Force's mission. He also serves as Deputy Chairman of the Air Force Council, and is the Air Force accreditation official for the international Corps of Air Attachés.

Born at Forbes Air Force Base, Kan., General Newton hails from an Air Force family and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1978. His command assignments include the first B-2 squadron, a B-1B operations group and a B-52 wing. He served at Headquarters U.S. Air Force as a planner and then executive officer for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations, and later as Deputy Director for Strategic Plans and Future Systems for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. His joint assignments include serving as the executive assistant to the Director, Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), with later assignment as Deputy Director for Information Operations, and Deputy Director for Global Operations in the Operations Directorate (J3) on the Joint Staff, followed by duty as the Director, Plans and Policy (J5), U.S. Strategic Command. Most recently he served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.

General Newton is a command pilot with over 2,900 flying hours in a variety of aircraft, including the B-2, B-1B, B-52 and T-38.

EDUCATION
1978 Bachelor of Science degree in history, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1983 Master of Arts degree Industrial Psychology and Human Relations, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
1991 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1996 Master of Science degree in national security strategy, National War College, Washington, D.C.
2000 National Security Management Course, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University, N.Y.
2004 National Security Leaders Course, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University, N.Y.
2005 Executive Program for Russian and U.S. General Officers, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2006 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 Leadership at the Peak, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2008 Pinnacle, Joint, Coalition and Interagency Studies, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 1978 - November 1979, student, undergraduate pilot training, Laughlin AFB, Texas
2. November 1979 - September 1983, T-38 instructor pilot and assistant wing executive officer, 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, Texas
3. September 1983 - October 1984, Air Staff training assignment, Washington, D.C.
4. October 1984 - December 1987, B-52G aircraft commander, instructor pilot and flight examiner, 379th Bomb Wing, Wurtsmith AFB, Mich.
5. December 1987 - May 1989, planner, Strategic Offensive Forces Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
6. May 1989 - July 1990, assistant executive officer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
7. July 1990 - June 1991, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. June 1991 - August 1993, B-1B aircraft commander, instructor pilot, flight commander and squadron operations officer, 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
9. August 1993 - August 1995, Commander, 393rd Bomb Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
10. August 1995 - June 1996, student, National War College, Washington, D.C.
11. June 1996 - July 1997, Chief, Initiatives Branch, Deputy Director for International Negotiations, Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12. July 1997 - July 1998, Chief, Long Range Policy Planning cell, then executive assistant  to the Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
13. July 1998 - January 2000, Commander, 28th Operations Group, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
14. February 2000 - December 2001, Commander, 5th Bomb Wing, Minot AFB, N.D.
15. December 2001 - August 2002, Deputy Director, Developing Aerospace Leaders Support Office, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
16. August 2002 - August 2003, Deputy Director, Strategic Plans and Future Systems, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
17. August 2003 - April 2004, Deputy Director for Information Operations, Operations Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
18. April 2004 - July 2005, Deputy Director for Global Operations, Operations Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
19. July 2005 - July 2006, Director, Plans and Policy (J5), U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
20. July 2006 - January 2008, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements (A3/5), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
21. January 2008 - December 2010, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Personnel (A1), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
22. December 2010 - present, Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director, Air Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 1996 - July 1997, Chief, Initiatives Branch, Deputy Director for International Negotiations, Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a colonel
2. July 1997 - July 1998, Chief, Long Range Policy Planning cell, then executive assistant to the Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a colonel
3. August 2003 - April 2004, Deputy Director for Information Operations, Operations Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a brigadier general
4. April 2004 - July 2005, Deputy Director for Global Operations, Operations Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a brigadier general
5. July 2005 - July 2006, Director, Plans and Policy (J5), U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb., as a brigadier general and major general

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 2,900
Aircraft flown: B-2, B-1B, B-52G and T-38

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device and three oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 31, 1978
First Lieutenant June 1, 1980
Captain June 1, 1982
Major March 1, 1988
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 1992
Colonel Oct. 1, 1996
Brigadier General Aug. 1, 2003
Major General May 26, 2006
Lieutenant General  Jan. 7, 2008

(Current as of May 2012)

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