Mr. John A. Weida, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of Policy, Programs and Strategy, International Affairs, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (International Affairs), the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Mr. Weida develops and implements national, Department of Defense and Air Force policies governing security assistance, international armaments cooperative development, foreign disclosure and technology transfer, as well as military and civilian personnel exchange programs supporting national security objectives. He is also the functional manager of the International Affairs career field and oversees the Air Force's Air Attache program.
Mr. Weida retired from active duty on May 1, 2011, in the grade of major general, U.S. Air Force. He assumed his present position on Aug. 22, 2016. He received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1978, and graduated from pilot training in 1979. He commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels. He has held staff positions on the Joint Staff, U.S. Forces Korea, Headquarters U.S.Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command, 9th Air Force and Air University. He served as a member of the Thunderbirds U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Team at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. He was also the Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy and Commander of the Air Force Security Assistance Center.
1978 Bachelor of Science degree in economics and management, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
1983 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1985 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence.
1987 Master's degree in public administration, Golden Gate University, Calif.
1993 Master's degree in national security and strategic studies, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2001 National Security Management Course, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, University of Syracuse, N.Y.
2009 Joint Flag Office Warfighting Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2009 Combined Force Air Component Commander Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. July 1978 - May 1980, Student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
2. May 1980 - March 1982, Instructor Pilot, 96th Flying Training Squadron, Williams AFB, Ariz.
3. March - July 1983, T-37 Instructor pilot and flight examiner, 82nd Flying Training Wing, Williams AFB, Ariz.
4. July 1983 - March 1984, Student, F-16 Replacement Training Unit, 56th Flying Training Wing, MacDill AFB, Fla.
5. March 1984 - March 1985, F-16 Pilot, 35th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea.
6. March 1985 - February 1988, F-16 Instructor Pilot and Flight Examiner, 33rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.
7. November 1988 - March 1991, Thunderbird pilot and operations officer, Nellis AFB, Nev.
8. March 1991 - August 1992, Commander, Cadet Squadron 27, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
9. August 1992 - September 1992, Student, Naval War College, Newport, RI.
10. September 1992 - April 1995, Executive Officer to the 9th Air Force Commander, later, Commander, 20th Operations Support Squadron, and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 20th Operations Group, Shaw AFB, S.C.
11. April 1995 - May 1997, Commander, 12th Operations Group, Randolph AFB, Texas.
12. May 1997 - August 1999, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (J3), U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Army Garrison, South Korea.
13. August 1999 - January 2000, Chief, Combat Forces Division, Plans and Programs Directorate, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
14. January 2000 - July 2001, Commander, 388th Fighter Wing, Hill AFB, Utah.
15. July 2001 - April 2003, Commander, Squadron Officer College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
16. April 2003 - December 2005, Commandant of Cadets and Commander, 34th Training Wing, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
17. December 2005 - January 2007, Director, Intelligence and Requirements Directorate, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
18. January 2007 - June 2007, Commander, Air Force Security Assistance Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
19. June 2007 - July 2009, Deputy Chief of Staff for the United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Army Garrison, South Korea.
20. July 2009 - April 2011, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
21. May 2011 - May 2012, Deputy Director for Strategy and Policy, Joint Force Development, J-7, the Joint Staff, the Pentagon Washington, D.C.
22. June 2012 – April 2014, Deputy Director Operational Planning, Policy & Strategy, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
23. April 2014 – August 2016, Deputy Director, Air Force Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
24. August 2016 - present, Director of Foreign Policy, Programs & Strategy, International Affairs, Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force (International Affairs), the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. May 1997 - August 1999, Deputy Director of Operations, Headquarters U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Army Garrison, South Korea, as a colonel
2. June 2007 - July 2009, Deputy Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Forces Korea, Yongsan Army Garrison, South Korea, as a major general
3. May 2011 - June 2012, Deputy Director for Strategy and Policy, Joint Force Development, J7, the Joint Staff, Pentagon Washington, D.C.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,000
Aircraft flown: F-16, TG-7A, T-37 and T-43
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Distinguished Flying Cross
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal, Chonsu Medal, South Korea
(Current as of August 2017)