Maj. Gen. Edward L. Bolton Jr. is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Washington, D.C. He leads a staff of civilian and military financial managers responsible for the formulation and execution of the Air Force's annual $110 billion budget.
General Bolton began his Air Force career as an enlisted cost and management analyst. He was commissioned in 1983 after completing an electrical engineering degree via the Airmen Education and Commissioning Program and graduation from Officer Training School. Operationally, the general served as Commander, 45th Space Wing, and Director Eastern Range, Patrick AFB, Fla. He oversaw a $5B budget, 24 successful spacelift, shuttle, test and range missions, the highest operations tempo since Sept. 11, 2001, and the wing won the 2009 General Thomas Moorman Trophy honoring the best wing in Air Force Space Command.
The general commanded the 30th Range Squadron during its highest operations tempo in a decade and the 30th Operations Group at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. His squadron won the General Kutyna Award in 1999 as the top spacelift squadron in Air Force Space Command, and he led the 30th Space Wing to its first Guardian Challenge victory. A level III program manager, he also commanded the Satellite and Launch Control Wing and the Launch and Range Systems Wing. The California Air Force Association selected the Launch and Range Wing as the 2005 Unit of the Year. He also served as the Deputy Director for Systems Integration and Engineering as well as the Principal Deputy to the Chief Operating Office at the National Reconnaissance Office. He won the NRO Leadership Award for 2008 and was awarded the NRO Gold Medal in 2009. Prior to his current position, he served as the Director, Space and Cyber Operations at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. During his tenure, he established policy for space, cyber and information operations and oversaw the creation and development of the Air Force cyber career field and the management of space professionals.
1983 Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.
1986 Master of Science degree in systems management, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.
1989 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1994 Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
1995 Distinguished graduate, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2000 Distinguished graduate, Master of Science degree in national security strategy, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2003 Executive Program Managers Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2006 Senior Executive Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2010 Senior Managers in Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2010 Systems Acquisition General-Flag Officer Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2012 Senior Executives in National and International Security, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1. September 1983 - June 1988, guidance and control engineer; Chief, Guidance Software Branch; and executive officer to the Deputy Commander for Engineering, Ballistic Missile Office, Norton AFB, Calif.
2. July 1988 - October 1991, engineering assignments officer, later, Aircraft Systems Requirements Manager, Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews AFB, Md.
3. October 1991 - July 1994, Titan Centaur Chief Engineer, Titan Space Launch Vehicle System Program Office, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
4. August 1994 - June 1995, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
5. June 1995 - June 1997, Chief, Spacelift Vehicles Requirements Branch, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
6. July 1997 - July 1999, Commander, 30th Range Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
7. August 1999 - June 2000, graduate student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C.
8. June 2000 - May 2002, Director for Defense Policy, National Security Council, Executive Office of the President, the White House, Washington, D.C.
9. May 2002 - July 2003, Commander, 30th Operations Group, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
10. July 2003 - December 2005, Materiel Wing Director, Satellite and Launch Control System Program Office, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
11. December 2005 - August 2006, Materiel Wing Director, Space and Launch Systems Program Office, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
12. August 2006 - February 2008, Deputy Director for System Engineering, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va.
13. February 2008 - October 2008, Principal Deputy to the Chief Operating Office, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va.
14. October 2008 - February 2010, Commander, 45th Space Wing, and Director, Eastern Range, Air Force Space Command, Patrick AFB, Fla.
15. February 2010 - November 2011, Director, Space and Cyber Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
16. November 2011 - present, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, Washington, D.C.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2000 - May 2002, Director for Defense Policy, National Security Council, Executive Office of the President, the White House, Washington, D.C., as a colonel
Presidential Service Badge
Master Space Badge
Master Acquisition Badge
Master Missile Maintenance Badge
Senior Cyber Badge
Launch vehicles: Delta II, Delta IV, Atlas V, Titan II and Titan IV
Range systems: Eastern Range and Western Range optics, radar, telemetry and command destruct systems
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with two oak leaf clusters
1985 Company Grade Officer of the Year, Ballistic Missile Office, Norton AFB, Calif.
1990 Company Grade Officer of the Year, Andrews AFB, Md., and Headquarters Air Force Systems Command
2008 NRO Leadership Award
2009 NRO Gold Medal
"Cyber and Space - A Way Ahead," High Frontier Journal, August 2010
"Air Force 2012: Budgeting in Times of Limited Resources," Armed Forces Comptroller Magazine, Fall 2012
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Aug. 17, 1983
First Lieutenant Aug. 17, 1985
Captain Aug. 17, 1987
Major March 1, 1994
Lieutenant Colonel Jan. 1, 1997
Colonel April 1, 2000
Brigadier General June 22, 2007
Major General Aug. 20, 2010
(Current as of February 2013)