Mr. Jerry Renne, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. In addition to advising the Secretary, Air Force Chief of Staff, and Chief of Space Operations on Public Affairs matters, he is responsible for developing and executing global communication processes to build understanding and support for the Air Force and Space Force. He provides guidance and support for nearly 4,500 active duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen and civilians in their mission to broadcast internal Air Force and Space Force information, conduct community and media relations, plan and synchronize Department of the Air Force communication efforts, and execute security review programs.
Mr. Renne entered the Air Force in 1981 as a graduate of the Air Force ROTC program, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He began his career as a Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile launch officer, and subsequently served as a Ground Launched Cruise Missile crew commander and Airborne Launch Control System crew commander, before transitioning to the public affairs career field in 1992. He served his first public affairs assignment at Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, from 1992 to 1994. He went on to serve in Center, three Major Command, Air Staff and two Combatant Command public affairs positions. During his Pentagon tour, Mr. Renne was the public affairs advisor to the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, from 1998 to 2000. He deployed to Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1996 and to Qatar and Baghdad, Iraq, in 2004-2005. Mr. Renne retired active duty as Director, Public Affairs, Headquarters, U.S. Central Command in 2007. He served 27 years as an active-duty Air Force officer. Prior to this position, he was the Principal Deputy Director of Air Force Public Affairs for five years.
1981 Bachelor of Arts, Public Administration, University of Pittsburgh, Pa.
1984 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1986 Master of Arts, Business and Management, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
1994 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by seminar
1999 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by seminar
MILITARY CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. January 1982–May 1982, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Combat Crew Training, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; and Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
2. May 1982–August 1984, Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander, and Instructor and Standardization Evaluation Deputy Drew Commander Titan II, 390th Strategic Missile Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
3. August 1984–October 1984, Student, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
4. October 1984–August 1986, Missile Combat Crew commander, and Instructor, and Senior Standardization Evaluation Missile Crew Commander Titan II, 381st Strategic Missile Wing McConnell AFB, Kan.
5. August 1986–December 1986, Student, Ground Launched Cruise Missile Initial Qualification Training, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
6. January 1987–December 1989, Senior Standardization Evaluation/Instructor Missile Combat Crew Commander, and Chief, Emergency Action Procedures Training Branch, 487th Tactical Missile Wing, Comiso Air Station, Italy
7. December 1989–March 1990, Student, Airborne Operational Readiness Training, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
8. March 1990–May 1992, Airborne Missile Operations Officer, and Chief, Upgrade Training, Chief, Emergency War Order Training, Chief, Plans Section, and Operations Officer, Airborne Launch Control System Branch, 4th Airborne Command and Control Squadron, 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, S.D
9. May 1992–May 1994, Chief, Public Affairs Plans Division, and Chief, Internal Information Division, Office of
Public Affairs, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
10. May 1994–August 1997, Director, Public Affairs, Air Force Development Test Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
11. August 1997–August 1998, Deputy Chief, National Affairs Division, Secretary of the Air Force, Office of Public Affairs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
12. August 1998–July 2000, Public Affairs Advisor to the Chief of Staff, HAF, Arlington, Va.
13. July 2000–July 2003, Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
14. July 2003–August 2005, Director, Public Affairs, Headquarters U.S. Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
15. August 2005–May 2007, Director, Public Affairs, Headquarters U.S. Central Command, AFB, Fla.
CIVILIAN CAREER CHRONOLOGY
1. October 2007–October 2011, IPA, Senior Advisor, Strategic Engagement, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
2. November 2011–February 2017, Director, Public Affairs and Communication, U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
3. February 2017–August 2022, Deputy Director, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
4. August 2022–present, Director, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Defense Superior Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Air Force Commendation Medal with device
Combat Readiness Medal with two devices
National Defense Service Medal with device
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
NATO Medal (Yugoslavia)
(Current as of October 2022)