Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost is Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The command serves as U.S. Transportation Command’s air component, executing the air mobility mission in support of the joint force, allies and partners with a fleet of nearly 1,100 aircraft. The command encompasses Eighteenth Air Force, the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, the 618th Air Operations Center, and 17 wings and two groups, which provide rapid global mobility from more than 100 locations worldwide. Nearly 107,000 active-duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Airmen and civilians comprise the air mobility Total Force, providing command and control of inter-theater and intra-theater airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation, global air mobility support, and presidential and senior leader air transport in support of national interests.
Gen. Van Ovost has commanded an air refueling squadron, flying training wing and the Presidential Airlift Wing. She also served as the Director of Staff for Headquarters Air Force, Vice Director of the Joint Staff, the Director of Mobility Forces for U.S. Central Command and as the Vice Commander of the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center. Gen. Van Ovost graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1988. She is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and a command pilot with more than 4,200 hours in more than 30 aircraft, including the C-32A, C-17A, C-141B, KC-135R and KC-46A.
Prior to assuming her current role, Gen. Van Ovost served as the Deputy Commander, Air Mobility Command.
1988 Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1994 U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
1996 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1996 Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, California State University, Fresno
1999 Master of Military Arts and Sciences, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2004 Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2009 National Security Management Course, Syracuse University, N.Y.
2009 Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2017 Driving Government Performance, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Boston
1. August 1988–August 1989, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese Air Force Base, Texas
2. August 1989–June 1993, C-141B Pilot, 17th and 76th Airlift Squadrons, Charleston AFB, S.C.
3. June 1993–June 1994, Student, USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
4. June 1994–October 1997, Experimental Test Pilot, 417/418 Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, Calif.
5. October 1997–July 1998, Test Pilot Instructor and Chief, Scheduling Branch, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
6. July 1998–June 1999, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. June 1999–June 2001, Chief, C-17 Acquisition Branch and C-17 Program Element Monitor, Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Arlington, Va.
8. July 2001–December 2001, Assistant Director of Operations, 350th Air Refueling Squadron, McConnell AFB, Kan.
9. January 2002–July 2003, Commander, 384th Air Refueling Squadron, McConnell AFB, Kan.
10. July 2003–June 2004, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
11. July 2004–April 2007, Chief, Standards Branch then Chief, Joint Operations Division, Operations and Plans Directorate, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
12. May 2007–March 2008, Vice Commander, 12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph AFB, Texas
13. March 2008–February 2010, Commander, 12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph AFB, Texas
14. February 2010–March 2012, Commander, 89th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
15. March 2012–September 2013, Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Travis AFB, Calif.
16. September 2013–February 2015, Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs (Europe, NATO, Russia), Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
17. February 2015–August 2017, Vice Director, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
18. August 2017–November 2017, Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
19. November 2017–April 2020, Director of Staff, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
20. April 2020–August 2020, Deputy Commander, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
21. August 2020–present, Commander, Headquarters AMC, Scott AFB, Ill.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 2004–April 2007, Chief, Joint Operations Division, Operations and Plans Directorate, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., as a lieutenant colonel
2. September 2013–February 2015 Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs (Europe, NATO, Russia), Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a brigadier general
3. February 2015–August 2017, Vice Director, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a major general
Rating: command pilot
Flight Hours: 4,200
Aircraft Flown: C-32A, C-12C, C-17A, C-23A, C-141B/A, KC-135R, KC-46A, F-15B, F-16B, T-1A, T-37B and T-38A
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 1, 1988
First Lieutenant June 1, 1990
Captain June 1, 1992
Major Aug. 1, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2001
Colonel Dec. 1, 2006
Brigadier General Aug. 2, 2012
Major General May 22, 2015
Lieutenant General Nov. 8, 2017
General Aug. 20, 2020
(Current as of March 2021)