Brig. Gen. Charles “Brian” McDaniel is the Director of Weather, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. In this capacity, he is responsible for the development of weather and space environmental doctrine, policies, plans, programs and standards in support of U.S. Army, Air Force, and Space Force operations. He is further responsible for overseeing and advocating for Air Force weather resources and monitors the execution of the $540 million per year weather program. He is the functional manager for 4,000 total-force weather personnel and interfaces with Air Force major commands and the U.S. Army regarding full exploitation of Air Force weather resources and technology. He also represents the Air Force for interagency weather activities with the Department of Commerce, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Brig. Gen. McDaniel advises the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force on atmospheric and space weather and climate matters, and is the Department of Defense executive agent for modeling and simulation of the Air and Space Natural Environment.
Brig. Gen. McDaniel received his commission from the University of Tennessee in 1991. His command assignments include the 912th Air Refueling Squadron, Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, and the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild AFB, Washington. Under his leadership, the 912th Air Refueling Squadron received the General Carl A. Spaatz Trophy as the Air Force’s best air refueling squadron and the 92nd Air Refueling Wing received the Omaha Trophy as the best Strategic Aircraft Wing supporting the United States Strategic Command. Prior to his current position, Brig. Gen. McDaniel served as the Commander, NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force E-3A Component, Geilenkirchen AB, Germany.
Brig. Gen. McDaniel is a command pilot with more than 3,300 flying hours, primarily in the KC- 135R/T and C-12F.
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
2016 Enterprise Perspective Seminar, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington, D.C.
2017 Senior Leader Nuclear Management Course, Air University, Kirkland AFB, N.M.
2018 Capstone General and Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2019 NATO General/Flag Officer and Ambassador Course, NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy
1. February 1992–March 1993, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance Air Force
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–July 2021, Commander, NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force E-3A Component, Geilenkirchen AB, Germany.
14. August 2021–present, Director of Weather, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
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–July 2021, 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-12R, E3-A/B/C, T-1A, C-5A, C-17A, F-15D, MC-130H/P and KC-46
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
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
NATO Meritorious Service Medal
(Current as of April 2023)