Lt. Gen. Douglas H. Owens is Vice Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. AETC recruits, trains and educates Air Force people and includes the Air Force Recruiting Service, a numbered air force and Air University. The command is responsible for 12 main operating bases, more than 67,000 active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilians and contractors, and more than 1,300 trainer, fighter and mobility aircraft. AETC graduates approximately 250,000 students in its education and training programs annually.
General Owens graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1980. He has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, and served in a variety of operational and staff positions. These include assignments in the Headquarters U.S. Air Force Checkmate Division and Operations Directorate on the Joint Staff, supporting operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and others worldwide. He has also served as a numbered air force vice commander and as deputy commander of a joint task force for Pacific Command.
He is a command pilot with more than 3,100 hours in various aircraft, including the T-6, T-37, T-38, T-41 and A/OA-10. He served as a T-38 and T-41 instructor pilot and flew combat missions in the first A-10 squadron deployed to operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. General Owens has served five tours in the Pacific, including his previous assignment as Vice Commander of Pacific Air Forces supporting combat readiness, theater security cooperation, enhanced force posture and presence throughout the theater.
1980 Bachelor's degree, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1988 Master's degree in management, University of Phoenix
1985 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1992 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1996 Air War College, by seminar
1998 Master's degree in national security strategy, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1. August 1980 - July 1981, student, undergraduate pilot training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
2. July 1981 - December 1981, student, pilot instructor training, Randolph AFB, Texas
3. December 1981 - September 1984, instructor pilot and academic instructor, 50th Flying Training Squadron and 14th Student Squadron, Columbus AFB, Miss.
4. October 1984 - November 1987, instructor pilot, flight commander, and Chief, Check Section, 557th Flying Training Squadron, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
5. November 1987 - June 1988, student, A-10 upgrade training, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
6. July 1988 - July 1991, flight commander and assistant operations officer, 353rd Tactical Fighter Squadron; Chief, Current Operations, 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, Myrtle Beach AFB, S.C. (August 1990 - March 1991, flight commander and Chief, Current Operations, 354th Tactical Fighter Wing (Provisional), Operation Desert Storm)
7. August 1991 - June 1992, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. July 1992 - July 1995, Chief, Force Applications Branch, Checkmate Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
9. August 1995 - July 1997, operations officer, 355th Fighter Squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska
10. August 1997 - July 1998, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
11. August 1998 - June 2000, Commander, 608th Combat Plans Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
12. June 2000 - June 2002, Commander, 607th Air Operations Group, Osan Air Base, South Korea
13. June 2002 - December 2004, Assistant Deputy Director for Global Operations (J38/39), Operations Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
14. January 2005 - October 2006, Assistant Director of Air, Space and Information Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
15. October 2006 - September 2008, Commander, 36th Wing, Andersen AFB, Guam
16. September 2008 - July 2009, Vice Commander, 13th Air Force, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
17. July 2009 - September 2010, Vice Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
18. September 2010 - present, Vice Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
June 2002 - December 2004, Assistant Deputy Director for Global Operations (J38/39), Operations Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a colonel
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,100
Aircraft flown: T-6, T-37, T-38, T-41 and A/OA-10
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 28, 1980
First Lieutenant May 28, 1982
Captain May 28, 1984
Major Jan. 1, 1990
Lieutenant Colonel Jan. 1, 1995
Colonel March 1, 2000
Brigadier General Aug. 2, 2006
Major General Aug. 14, 2009
Lieutenant General Sept. 9, 2010
(Current as of June 2013)