Brig. Gen. Jeffrey R. McDaniels is the Director of Air and Cyberspace Operations, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. He is responsible for ensuring PACAF provides ready air, space, and cyber power to promote U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific region during peacetime, through crisis and in war. In this capacity, General McDaniels oversees operations for three numbered air forces and 10 wings. In addition, he executes duties as a joint task force commander, expeditionary numbered air force commander and a joint force air component commander in support of U.S. Pacific Command taskings.
General McDaniels was commissioned in 1987 as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He earned his pilot wings as a distinguished graduate of Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot training in 1988. He has served in multiple operational, command and staff assignments. He has commanded the 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, Texas, 27th Operations Group, Cannon AFB, N.M., and the 310th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz. His staff assignments include Deputy Director for Operations, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Director of Air Operations, Headquarters Air Force; Chief of Forces Division, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Chief of Operations for the Chief of Staff’ of the Air Force’s Executive Action Group; and F-22A Program Manager on the Air Staff.
General McDaniels is a command pilot with more than 3,200 hours in the F-16, including more than 400 hours of combat time.
Distinguished graduate, Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
Distinguished graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Weapons Instructor Course, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Sciences, with honors, Embry-Riddle University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Distinguished graduate, Master of Science degree in Military Operational Art & Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.,
Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C.
Center for Creative Leadership, San Diego, Calif.
Senior Executive Fellow’s program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Senior Manager Course in National Security, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Joint Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Combined Force Maritime Component Commander Course, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI.
US-South Asia Leader Engagement Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
July 1987 - September 1988, student, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
January 1989 - September 1989, student, F-16 Formal Training Unit, Luke AFB, Ariz.
October 1989 - February 1991, F-16 flight lead and squadron training officer, 35th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Kunsan AB, South Korea
March 1991 - August 1992, F-16 instructor pilot and assist weapons officer, 308th Fighter Squadron, Homestead AFB, Fla.
September 1992 - December 1994, F-16 flight examiner and Chief of Squadron Standard Evaluations, 307th/68th Fighter Squadrons, Moody AFB, Ga.
January 1995 - June 1995, student, F-16 Weapons Instructor Course, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
July 1995 - June 1997, F-16 weapons officer and flight commander, 36th Fighter Squadron, Osan AB, South Korea
July 1997 - July 1999, Chief, Wing Weapons and Assistant Operations Officer, 510th Fighter Squadron, Aviano AB, Italy
August 1999 - June 2000, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
July 2000 - June 2001, Deputy Division Chief and F-22A Program Element Monitor, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
June 2001 - June 2002, Chief of Operations, Air Force Chief of Staff Operations Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
June 2002 - June 2004, Commander, 310th Fighter Squadron then Deputy Commander, 56th Operations Group, Luke AFB, Ariz.
July 2004 - July 2005, student, National War College, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
August 2005 - June 2007, Commander, 27th Operations Group, Cannon AFB, N.M.
June 2007 - April 2009, Chief, Forces Division, Directorate for Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.
April 2009 - May 2010, Commander, 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, Texas
May 2010 - July 2011, Director, Air Operations, Directorate of Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
July 2011 – May 2012, Deputy Director, Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
May 2012 – August 2013, Deputy Director for Operations, Operations Team One, National Joint Operations and Intelligence Center, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
August 2013 – present, Director of Air and Cyberspace Operations, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
June 2007 - April 2009, Chief, Forces Division, Directorate for Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C., as a colonel
May 2012 - August 2013, Deputy Director for Operations, Operations Team One, National Joint Operations and Intelligence Center, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a brigadier general
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 3,700
Aircraft flown: F-16, T-38, AT-38, C-17, T-37, T-6, T-1
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Antarctica Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with two devices
Southwest Asia Service Medal with one device
Kosovo Campaign Medal with two devices
Korean Defense Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 27, 1987
First Lieutenant May 27, 1989
Captain May 27, 1991
Major Aug. 1, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2001
Colonel Aug. 1, 2005
Brigadier General July 8, 2011
(Current as of September 2015)