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John M. Trumpfheller is the Deputy Director of Strategic Plans, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. The Directorate of Strategic Plans develops, integrates, evaluates, and analyzes the Air Force Resource Allocation Plan across the thirty year planning horizon and is responsible for maintaining the integrity and discipline of the Air Force Corporate Structure process.

Mr. Trumpfheller joined the U.S. Air Force in 1990 and retired from the service in 2016 as a colonel. He graduated from San Diego State University and earned a commission through Air Force ROTC. During multiple assignments operational assignments flying, he deployed in support of Operation Allied Force, Operation Northern Watch, and Operation Enduring Freedom. Mr. Trumpfheller has held four staff positions including Checkmate Division, Division Chief in Joint Staff, J5, an Air Force Service Planner and Strategy Division Chief. He commanded the 33rd Rescue Squadron and the 651st Air Expeditionary Group at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Mr. Trumpfheller has three children- Brad, Grayson, and Ellie.

1990 Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, San Diego State University, distinguished graduate
1996 Squadron Officer’s School - in residence
1998 USAF Weapons School, distinguished graduate,
2001 Masters of Aeronautical Science (with honors), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
2002 Air Command and Staff College - by correspondence
2004 Masters of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, distinguished graduate
2005 Master of Airpower Art and Science, Air University
2006 Air War College – by correspondence
2010 Master of National Security Strategy, National War College


1. August 1990 - May 1991, student, undergraduate pilot training, Fort Rucker, Ala.
2. June 1991 - September 1991, student, UH-1N Qualification Course, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.
3. October 1991 – April 1994, Life Support Officer and Chief of Safety, 72nd Helicopter Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
4. May 1994 - September 1994, student, HH-60 Qualification Course, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
5. November 1994 - May 1998, Chief of Scheduling, later Chief of Plans, 33rd Rescue Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan
6. June 1998 - December 1998, student, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
7. January 1999 - June 2001, Flight Commander, HH-60 Division, USAFWS, Nellis AFB, Nev.
8. June 2001 - March 2002, Chief of Operations, AFTTP 3-1 Branch, Nellis AFB, Nev.
9. March 2002 - June 2003, Chief, Air and Space Tactics Branch, Nellis AFB, Nev.
10. July 2003 - June 2004, student Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
11. July 2004 - June 2005, student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
12. July 2005- January 2007, PACOM/SOUTHCOM Branch Chief, CHECKMATE Division, DCS Air and Space Operations, HQ USAF, Pentagon
13. February 2007 – June 2007, Chief of Safety, 18th Wing, Kadena AB, Japan
14. June 2007- June 2009, Commander, 33 Rescue Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
15. August 2009- June 2010, student, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington D.C.
16. June 2010-June 2012, Chief, Arabian Peninsula Division, Joint Staff, J-5, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
17. June 2012-June 2013, Commander, 651st Air Expeditionary Group, Camp Bastion, Afghanistan
18. June 2013- Sep 2014, Planner for Joint And NSC Matters, DCS Air and Space Operations, HQ USAF, Pentagon
19. Sep 2014- June 2016, Strategy Division Chief, DCS Strategic Plans and Programs, HQ USAF, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
20. October 2016 – present, Deputy Director, Strategic Plans, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.


Rating: command pilot
Flight Hours: 3,400
Aircraft Flown: HH-60G, HC-130, UH-1N, and UH-1H


Legion of Merit
Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal

(Current as of July 2017)


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