Brig. Gen. Charles “Brian” McDaniel is the Commander, NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force, E-3A Component at Geilenkirchen Air Base, Germany. He leads a 16-nation organization which provides Airborne Early Warning, Command and Control and Battle Management capability for the Alliance.
Brig. Gen. McDaniel received his commission in 1991 from the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Tennessee. He served as a flight examiner in the KC-135 and in numerous supervisory and leadership positions throughout his career. His command assignments include the 912th Air Refueling Squadron, Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, Al Udeid AB, Qatar and the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild AFB, Washington. He has also served as the 18th Wing Vice Commander at Kadena AB, Japan. Brig. Gen. McDaniel’s staff and joint assignments include National Defense Fellow, assigned to the Congressional Research Service in the Library of Congress as well as Coalition Affairs Senior Analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. Prior to his current position, Brig. Gen. McDaniel was the Vice Commander, 618th Air Operations Center, Tanker Airlift Control Center.
Brig. Gen. McDaniel is a command pilot with more than 3,300 flying hours, primarily in the KC- 135R/T, T-37, T-38 and
1991 Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1997 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2000 Masters of Aeronautical Science, Management and Operation Specialties, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
2004 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2006 Masters of Military Operational Arts and Sciences, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2009 National Defense Fellow, Congressional Research Service, Washington, D.C.
2011 Joint and Combined Warfighting School JPME-II, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2013 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2019 NATO General/Flag Officer and Ambassador Course, NATO Defense College, Rome
1. February 1992–March 1993, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance Air Force Base, Okla.
2. September 1993–April 1998, KC-135R Copilot, Aircraft Commander, Life Support Officer and Training Flight Instructor Pilot, 99th Air Refueling Squadron, Robins AFB, Ga.
3. April 1998–April 2001, KC-135R Combat Crew Training School, Central Flight Instructor Course Instructor Pilot and Evaluator, 55th Air Refueling Squadron, Altus AFB, Okla.
4. April 2001–April 2002, Assistant Chief, Wing Flight Safety and KC-135 Flight Safety Officer, 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus AFB, Okla.
5. April 2002–July 2005, Regional Operations Director; Command and Control Directorate Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer to the Commander, Tanker Airlift Control Center, Scott AFB, Ill.
6. July 2005–June 2006, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. June 2006–June 2009, Director of Operations, 905th Air Refueling Squadron; Commander, 912th Air Refueling Squadron and Deputy Commander, 319th Operations Group, Grand Forks AFB, N.D. (October 2007–February 2008, Commander, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, Al Udeid Air Base,Qatar)
8. July 2009–June 2010, National Defense Fellow, Congressional Research Service, Washington, D.C.
9. June 2010–May 2012, Senior Analyst, Coalition Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense/Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
10. May 2012–July 2014, Vice Wing Commander 18th Wing, Kadena AB, Japan
11. July 2014–August 2016, Commander, 92nd Air Refueling Wing, Fairchild AFB, Wash.
12. August 2016–July 2018, Vice Commander, 618th Air Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), Scott AFB, Ill.
13. July 2018–present, Commander, NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force E-3A Component, Geilenkirchen AB, Germany.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2010–May 2012, Senior Analyst, Coalition Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense/Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a lieutenant colonel
2. July 2018–present, Commander, NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force E-3A Component, Geilenkirchen Air Base, Germany, as a brigadier general
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 3,300
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, KC- 135R/T, C-12F, T-1A, C-5A, C-17A, F-15D, MC-130H/P and E3-A/B/C.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 10, 1991
First Lieutenant Oct. 5, 1993
Captain Oct. 5, 1995
Major July 1, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 1, 2006
Colonel May 1, 2012
Brigadier General Dec. 1, 2017
(Current as of August 2020)