Gen. Charles F. "Chuck" Wald is Deputy Commander, Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany. USEUCOM is responsible for all U.S. forces operating across 91 countries in Europe, Africa, Russia, parts of Asia and the Middle East, and most of the Atlantic Ocean.
General Wald earned his commission through the Air Force ROTC program in 1971. He has combat time as an O-2A forward air controller in Vietnam and as an F-16 pilot flying over Bosnia. The general has served as a T-37 instructor pilot and F-15 flight commander. Other duties include Chief of the U.S. Air Force Combat Terrorism Center, support group commander, operations group commander, and special assistant to the Chief of Staff for National Defense Review. He was also the Director of Strategic Planning and Policy at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and served on the Joint Staff as the Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy.
General Wald commanded the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, where on Aug. 30, 1995, he led one of the wing’s initial strike packages against the ammunition depot at Pale, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in one of the first NATO combat operations. He also commanded the 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., where he led the development of the Afghanistan air campaign for Operation Enduring Freedom, including the idea of embedding tactical air control parties in ground special operations forces. Prior to assuming his current position, he was Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations at the Pentagon.
The general is a command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours, including more than 430 combat hours over Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Iraq and Bosnia.
1971 Bachelor of Arts degree in pre-law, North Dakota State University
1975 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1982 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1982 Master of Political Science degree in international relations, Troy State University
1990 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1993 Program for Senior Officials in National Security, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1. February 1971 - January 1972, student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
2. May 1972 - February 1973, forward air controller, Da Nang AB, South Vietnam
3. May 1973 - May 1976, instructor pilot and wing flight examiner, Air Training Command, Craig AFB, Ala.
4. December 1976 - August 1978, project officer, Operational Systems Engineering Branch, Norton AFB, Calif.
5. August 1978 - August 1981, F-15A aircraft commander, instructor pilot and flight commander, 22nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bitburg AB, West Germany
6. August 1981 - September 1982, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. September 1982 - August 1985, flight commander, assistant operations and operations officer, 71st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
8. August 1985 - August 1989, Chief, Strategic North Atlantic Treaty Organization Branch; later, Chief, Strategic and Middle East-Africa Branch; later, Chief, U.S. Air Force Combat Terrorism Center; later, assistant executive officer to the Air Force Chief of Staff, Washington, D.C.
9. August 1989 - July 1990, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
10. July 1990 - March 1993, Deputy Commander for Operations, 86th Tactical Fighter Wing; later, Commander, 86th Support Group; later, Commander, 86th Operations Group, Ramstein AB, Germany
11. March 1993 - September 1993, executive officer to Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations, Boerfink AB, Germany
12. September 1993 - May 1995, executive officer to Director of Operations and U.S. Senior National Representative, Headquarters Allied Air Forces Central Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany
13. May 1995 - July 1997, Commander, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano AB, Italy
14. July 1997 - January 1998, special assistant to the Chief of Staff for National Defense Review, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
15. January 1998 - October 1998, Director of Strategic Planning and Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
16. October 1998 - January 2000, Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
17. January 2000 - November 2001, Commander, 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces, Shaw AFB, S.C.
18. November 2001 - December 2002, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
19. December 2002 - present, Deputy Commander, Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,600, including 430 combat hours
Aircraft flown: C-20, O-2, T-37, T-38, F16 and F-15
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Presidential Unit Citation with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with V device and silver oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with four oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with two bronze stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal with bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
French National Order of Merit (Rank of Commander)
Gold Cross of Honor of the German Armed Forces
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
NATO Medal (Yugoslavia)
Inter-American Defense Board Medal with silver star
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Department of State Superior Honor Award
North Dakota Distinguished Service Medal
Honorary Doctorate of Laws, North Dakota State University
Defense Intelligence Agency Directors Award
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Feb. 3, 1971
First Lieutenant Aug. 3, 1972
Captain Feb. 3, 1975
Major Oct. 24, 1980
Lieutenant Colonel Feb. 1, 1986
Colonel March 1, 1991
Brigadier General Feb. 1, 1996
Major General Sept. 1, 1998
Lieutenant General Jan. 12, 2000
General Jan. 1, 2003
(Current as of May 2006)