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Elizabeth M. Durham-Ruiz is the Executive Director for Command, Control, Communications and Cyber Systems and the Deputy Chief Information Officer for United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. She provides oversight of the Joint Deployment and Distribution Architecture to guarantee mission assurance through resilient, critical command, control, communications and cyber systems for United States Transportation Command and its five component Commands. She guides development and implementation of the enterprise infrastructure portfolio and associated information technology investments supporting migration to the Department of Defense Joint Information Environment. She also provides execution, management and oversight of the command’s cyberspace operations mission areas, to include Department of Defense Information Network Operations and Defensive Cyberspace Operations – Internal Defensive Measures. As the Deputy Chief Information Officer, she assures technical sufficiency and architectural, regulatory and statutory compliance for the command’s information systems and serves as a Department of Defense Risk Management Framework Authorizing Official.     

Ms. Durham-Ruiz was commissioned into the United States Air Force in 1982 following her graduation from the United States Air Force Academy and served on active duty until 2007. Her assignments included chief of operations, chief of deployment planning, chief of technical control, chief of plans, chief of maintenance, squadron command, Headquarters United States Air Force Program Element Monitor, and numerous leadership positions on the Headquarters Air Force Space Command Staff, Headquarters United States Strategic Command Staff, Headquarters United States Air Force Staff, and the Joint Staff. She has extensive experience in command, control, communications and cyber systems supporting Presidential, strategic, tactical, satellite commanding and integrated tactical warning/attack assessment missions; satellite communications; enterprise information technology systems; collaboration; and data visualization. 

After retiring from active duty as a colonel, Ms. Durham-Ruiz held a variety of positions at United States Strategic Command as a senior civilian, including mission analysis, outreach and innovation division chief and senior analytic advisor to the Director of Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems. She led many cross-functional teams to analyze and develop pioneering solutions to technical, complex problems, such as the nation’s most comprehensive study on the health of the nuclear command, control and communications enterprise that informed the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review. She also led the Department of Defense analysis of satellite communications restoral in a degraded environment, which served as a catalyst to fix long overdue military and commercial satellite communications procedural, policy, strategy and acquisition shortfalls. 

1982 Bachelor of Science, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado 
1987 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama 
1987 Master of Science, Systems Management, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida
1995 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama 
1995 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia
2000 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2003  Master of Arts, National Security and Strategic Studies, United States Naval War College, Newport,  
Rhode Island
2013  Executive Master of Business Administration, University of Nebraska-Omaha

1. 2007 – 2011, Chief, Mission Analysis and Outreach/Innovation Division, Mission Assessment and Analysis   
Directorate, United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
2. 2011 - 2016, Senior Analytic Advisor to the Director, Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Systems, United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
3. 2016 - Present, Executive Director and Deputy Chief Information Officer, Command, Control, Communications, and Cyber Systems, United States Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Illinois

1. 1982 - 1983, Student, Basic Communications Officer Training, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
2. 1983 - 1986, Chief of Deployment Planning; Chief of Technical Control; Chief of Plans, 2d Combat Communications Group, Patrick AFB, Florida
3. 1986 - 1990, Chief of Systems, Chief of Maintenance, and Chief of Technical  Control, 1879th Communications Squadron, Falcon (Schriever) AFB, Colorado
4. 1990 - 1992, Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment Integration and Engineering Officer; Directorate Executive Officer, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado
5. 1992 - 1994, Chief, Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment and  Aerospace Defense    Requirements, Headquarters United States Air Force, Pentagon
6. 1994 - 1995, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
7. 1995 - 1998, Extremely High Frequency Satellite Communications Action Officer, Joint Staff, Pentagon
8. 1998 - 2000, Commander, 755th Communications Squadron, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
9. 2000 - 2002, Chief, Policy, Plans, Architecture, Requirements, and Military Satellite Communications, United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
10. 2002 - 2003, Student, United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island 
11. 2003 - 2007, Deputy Director, Global Innovation and Strategy Center; Vice Director, Capability and Resource Integration Directorate; Chief, Space and Global Strike Mission Capability Team; Chief, Global Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Division, United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska  

April 2009 Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award 
November 2016 Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award
May 2017 Distinguished Alumnus, College of Business Administration, University of Nebraska, Omaha

Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal 
Meritorious Service Medal 
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal 
Air Force Achievement Medal

(Current as of May 2017)


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