Shon J. Manasco is the Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force. Appointed by President Donald J. Trump, Mr. Manasco is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, to include organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of approximately 685,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and Guardians and their families worldwide. He oversees the Department’s annual budget of more than $205 billion and directs strategy and policy development, risk management, weapons acquisition, technology investments and human resource management across a global enterprise. As the Under Secretary, Mr. Manasco is responsible for implementing decisions of the President and Congress, and fulfilling Combatant Commanders’ operational requirements.
From November 2017 to December 2020, Mr. Manasco served as the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. In this role, he was responsible for the supervision of manpower, military and civilian personnel, Reserve component affairs and readiness support for the Department of the Air Force.
Mr. Manasco also performed the duties of the Under Secretary of the Air Force from December 2019 until he was nominated for the position of Under Secretary in May 2020.
Prior to November 2017, Mr. Manasco was the co–founder of a product design and engineering startup after having served as Executive Vice President at one of America's leading financial services companies.
Throughout his career in the private sector, Mr. Manasco held executive leadership roles in retail and investment banking, insurance and energy industries. He has led global teams across functional areas that include technology, digital design, cyber-security, corporate development, sales and service and human resources.
Mr. Manasco is a U.S. Army veteran, serving in numerous staff and leadership positions to support worldwide operational activities for joint special operations forces, including Detachment Commander at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Director of Finance for the Office of Military Support, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Manasco holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University.
1992 Bachelor of Science, Systems Engineering and Management, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
2000 Master of Business Administration, Finance, Southern Methodist University, Dallas
1993–1994, Chief Disbursing Officer, 126th Finance Battalion, Fort Bragg, N.C.
1994–1995, Commander, B Detachment, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.
1995–1997, Finance Officer, Office of Military Support, Washington, D.C.
1997–2008, Senior Vice President, Bank of America Corporation, Dallas; Charlotte, N.C.; and New York
2008–2010, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Shared Services Officer, Constellation Energy, Baltimore, Md.
2011, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, United Services Automobile Association, San Antonio
2012–2013, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, United Services Automobile Association, San Antonio
2014–2015, Executive Vice President, Member Experience, Sales and Service, United Services Automobile Association, San Antonio
2015–2016, Chief Administrative Officer, United Services Automobile Association, San Antonio
2017, Co-Founder, Innovative Breakthroughs, LLC, San Antonio
2017–2019 Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
2019–2020, Performing the duties of Under Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
2020–present, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Army Superior Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Senior Parachutist Badge
Air Assault Badge
Army Lapel Button
Emmett J. Bean Award Recipient
DoD High Risk Survival Course (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape)
Finance and Accounting Officer Advanced Course
Planning / Programming / Budgeting System Course
Finance Officer Basic Course
Master Fitness Training Course
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Haven for Hope (past trustee), San Antonio
McNay Art Museum (past trustee), San Antonio
(Current as of January 2021)