Brig. Gen. David M. Gaedecke is the Director, Cyberspace Operations and Warfighter Communication, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Cyber Effects Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. He also leads a matrixed directorate under the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. As Director, General Gaedecke is responsible for integrating U.S. Air Force air, space and cyberspace capabilities into the joint fight by informing policy, synchronizing efforts and advocating for resources for the cyberspace community. He also leads the Air Force’s Electronic Warfare/Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority Enterprise Capability Collaboration Team.
General Gaedecke earned his commission from Officer Training School as a member of the first class commissioned at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in 1993. He is a Senior Air Battle Manager with operational experience in the Control & Reporting Centers, U.S. and NATO Airborne Warning & Control System, Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft and U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s Combined Air Operations Center.
The general has over 2,000 flying hours including over 500 combat hours and 170 combat support hours.
1992 Bachelor of Arts, English, James Madison University, Va.
1998 Squadron Officer School, Distinguished Graduate, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2003 Master of Human Relations, University of Oklahoma, Norman
2004 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2006 Master of Arts, with Distinction in National Security and Strategic Studies, Distinguished Graduate, College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2008 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2011 Master of Science, Campaign Planning and Strategy, Joint Advanced Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University, Norfolk, Va.
2016 Enterprise Leadership Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.
2017 Senior Joint Information Operations Applications Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2018 Cyberspace Operations Executive Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. December 1993 - April 1994, Student, Undergraduate Weapons Controller School, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
2. May 1994 - May 1995, Instructor Weapons Controller and Weapons Assignment Officer, 621st Air Control Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea
3. May 1995 - April 1996, Weapons Director, 726th ACS, Shaw AFB, S.C.
4. April 1996 - January 1999, Evaluator Mission Crew Commander, Flight Commander, Chief of Training, and Chief of Standardization and Evaluations, 726th ACS, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
5. January 1999 - August 1999, Executive Officer, 366th Operations Group, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
6. August 1999 - May 2003, Evaluator Senior Director and Flight Commander, 964th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla.
7. May 2003 - July 2005, Fighter Allocator and E-3A Modernization Program Manager, NATO E-3A Component, Geilenkirchen NATO AB, Germany
8. July 2005 - June 2006, Student, College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
9. June 2006 - January 2008, Chief, Officer Development Branch, Directorate of Manpower and Personnel, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
10. January 2008 - May 2008, Student, E-8C Mission Crew Commander, Robins AFB, Ga.
11. June 2008 - April 2009, Director of Operations, 16th Airborne Command and Control Squadron, Robins AFB, Ga.
12. April 2009 - June 2010, Commander, 16th Airborne Command and Control Squadron, Robins AFB, Ga.
13. July 2010 - June 2011, Student, Joint Advanced Warfighting School, National Defense University, Norfolk, Va.
14. June 2011 - June 2012, Director, Combat Operations Division, 609th Combined Air and Space Operations Center, AFCENT, CENTCOM, Southwest Asia
15. July 2012 - June 2014, Vice Commander, 505th Command and Control Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
16. July 2014 - June 2015, Deputy Director of Operations, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
17. July 2015 - June 2017, Commander, 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker AFB, Okla.
18. July 2017 – March 2019, Director, Cyberspace Operations and Warfighter Integration, Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
19. March 2019 – present, Director, Cyberspace Operations and Warfighter Communications, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. May 2003 - July 2005, Fighter Allocator and E-3A Modernization Program Manager, NATO E-3A Component, Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base, Germany
2. June 2011 - June 2012, Director, Combat Operations Division, 609th Combined Air and Space Operations Center, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, U.S. Central Command, Southwest Asia
Rating: senior air battle manager
Flight hours: more than 2,000
Aircraft: E-3B/C/G, E-8C, and NATO E-3A
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Nov. 19, 1993
First Lieutenant Nov. 19, 1995
Captain Nov. 19, 1997
Major March 1, 2004
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 1, 2007
Colonel Sept. 1, 2011
Brigadier General Nov. 17, 2017
(Current as of May 2019)