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NOËL "CHRISTY" NOLTA

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Ms. Christy Nolta, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Director, Air Force Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. She assists the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director of the Air Force Staff in providing advice and assistance to the Secretary, Chief of Staff, Under Secretary and Vice Chief of Staff on numerous aspects of Air Force policies, plans and programs, maintains a continuing extensive interface with other elements throughout the Air Force, the White House, Department of Defense, National Security Council and State Department. As the Deputy Director of the Air Force Staff, Ms. Nolta coordinates, integrates and synchronizes the efforts of the entire headquarters staff and plans, coordinates and executes programs, policies and procedures for unique and politically sensitive projects.

Prior to this assignment, she was the Deputy Director, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. She was responsible for organizing, coordinating, and resourcing the Legislative Liaison Directorate. Ms. Nolta developed and executed the Air Force legislative program and ensured that the Air Force provided a consistent and cohesive message through Congressional engagements, inquiries and correspondence. She worked with members of Congress, congressional staffs, and senior Air Force leaders on legislative issues that affect Air Force programs, policies and weapon systems. She prepared senior Air Force leaders for congressional hearings, providing critical oversight of the legislative process of Air Force nominations requiring Senate confirmation.

 

Ms. Nolta entered the Air Force Reserve in 1986 after receiving her commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. During her career, she has held a variety of assignments in operations management, personnel and public affairs. She has served as the deputy director of the Executive Issues Team, executive officer for the director of Air Force Public Affairs, and media operations officer for the Air Force press desk. 

 

She separated from active duty in 1993 and was employed for five years by United Services Automobile Association as a senior claims adjuster in the Property and Casualty division. She continued as an active part-time reservist during that time and until 2001. 

 

After September 11, 2001, Ms Nolta was mobilized to active duty and served continuously until October 2006. She served as the chief plans officer for the newly established Secretary of the Air Force Office of Communication establishing for that organization strategic communication processes. 

 

In 2006 she was selected to be the civilian deputy director for integration for the Office of Communication, and in 2007 she became the deputy director. In November 2008, the Office of Communication merged with the Office of Public Affairs. In July of 2009, she was selected to be the Deputy Director of Air Force Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.

 

EDUCATION
1985 Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
1994 Squadron Officer School by correspondence, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2001 Air Command and Staff College by correspondence, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 Masters, Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 Air Force Civilian Leadership Development Course, FEI, Charlottesville, Va.
2012 Vanguard Senior Executive Leadership Program, Washington, D.C.

2015 Harvard University, Leadership Decision Making, Cambridge, Mass.


MILITARY CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. 1986 – 1988, Adjutant, 496th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Hahn Air Base, Germany
2. 1988 – 1989,  Wing Executive Officer, 50th Tactical Fighter Wing, Hahn Air Base, Germany
3. 1989 – 1991,  Command Post Contoller, 513th Airborne Command and Control Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England
4. 1991 – 1992,  Tactical Deception Plans Officer, 513th Airborne Command and Control Wing, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom
5. 1992 – 1993, Flight Training Officer, Officer Training School, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas 
6. 1993 – 1994, Flight Training Officer, Officer Training School, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas (IMA)
7. 1994 – 1997, Personnel Programs Officer, Air Force News Agency, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas
8. 1997 – 2001, Public Affairs Officer, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs, National Media Outreach, New York, New York
9. 2001 – 2003, Public Affairs Officer, Air Force Media Operations, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 
10. 2003 – 2004, Executive Officer to Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
11. 2004 – 2005, Student, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
12. 2005 – 2006, Deputy Director Executive Issues Team,  Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
13. 2006 – 2007, Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) to Deputy Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
14. 2007 – present,  IMA to the Chief of the Air Force Senate Liaison Office, Washington, D.C.

15. 2015 – 2016, Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.


CIVILIAN CAREER CHRONOLOGY 
1. 1993 – 1998, Senior claims adjuster, Property and Casualty Division, United Services Automobile Association, San Antonio, Texas and Reston, Virginia
2. 1998 – 2001, Information technology teacher, Bonn International School, Bonn, Germany
3. 2001 – 2006, Mobilized and served limited extended active duty tour
4. 2006 – 2007, Deputy for Intergration, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Communication, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
5. 2007 – 2008, Deputy Director, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Communication, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
6. 2008 – 2009, Director of staff, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
7. 2009 – 2014, Deputy Director, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
8. 2014 – present, Deputy Director, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Legislative Liaison, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

9. 2016 – present, Deputy Director, Air Force Staff, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

 
AWARDS AND HONORS
2010 – Public Relations Society of America Silver Anvil, Best of the Best awarded to Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs

(Current as of November 2016)


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