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Mr. Michael R. Shoults, 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. Shoults 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. Shoults was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from Parks College of St. Louis University in 1982. He has an extensive background in Air Force operations, amassing more than 3,000 hours in the B-52H and B-1B. In addition, he has held several key operational and staff positions at the squadron, wing, numbered Air Force and Headquarters, U.S. Air Force levels. In his last active duty assignment, Mr. Shoults served as Chief, Nuclear Plans, Policy and Strategy Division, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

After more than 27 years of active duty service in the Air Force, Mr. Shoults retired as a colonel and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2013. Prior to his current position, Mr. Shoults served as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Strategic Deterrence & Nuclear Integration.

1982 Bachelor Degree in Aircraft Maintenance Management, Parks College of St. Louis University

1989 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1990 Master of Arts in Management, Webster University
1994 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1996 Naval Command and Staff College, Newport, R.I.
1996 Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
1996 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2000 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2004 National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
2004 Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

2015 APEX Department of Defense Senior Executive Orientation Program, Washington, D.C.

2017 National and International Security, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

1. March 1983 - January 1984, student, undergraduate navigator training, 449th Flying Training Squadron, Mather AFB, Calif.
2. January 1984 - September 1984, student, B-52 navigator training, 4017th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Castle AFB, Calif.
3. September 1984 - December 1986, B-52 standardization and evaluation navigator, 7th Bomb Wing, Carswell AFB, Texas
4. December 1986 - January 1988, student, undergraduate pilot training, 82nd Flying Training Squadron, Williams AFB, Ariz.
5. January 1988 - July 1988, student, B-1 training, 4018th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
6. July 1988 - July 1993, flight commander, chief of training, 28th Bomb Squadron, McConnell AFB, Kan.
7. July 1993 - November 1994, B-1 formal training unit instructor, 337th Bomb Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
8. November 1994 - June 1995, chief of wing B-1 standardization and evaluation, 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess AFB, Texas
9. June 1995 - July 1996, student, Naval Command and Staff College, Newport R.I.
10. July 1996 - April 1999, Air Force operations readiness officer, U.S. Atlantic Command, Norfolk, Va.
11. April 1999 - May 2001, operations officer, 9th Bomb Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
12. May 2001 - July 2003, Commander, 28th Bomb Squadron; Deputy Operations Group Commander, Dyess AFB, Texas
13. July 2003 - June 2004, student, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
14. June 2004 - July 2005, Deputy Chief, United States Military Training Mission, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
15. July 2005 - April 2007, Vice Commander, 2d Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, La.
16. April 2007 - August 2008, Chief of Staff, Headquarters Eighth Air Force, Barksdale AFB, La.
17. August 2008 - Sep 2010, Chief, Nuclear Plans, Policy and Strategy Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
18. Sep 2010 - February 2013, Director of Staff, Assistant Chief of Staff, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration
19. February 2013 - March 2018, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration

20. March 2018 - present, Director of Policy, Programs & Strategy, International Affairs, Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force (International Affairs), the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Rating:  Command Pilot
Flight Hours:  3,800
Aircraft Flown:  B-1, B-52, T-37, T-38


Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Combat Readiness Medal with six oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

(Current as of March 2018)


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