Brig. Gen. Laura L. Lenderman is the Commander, 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, which unifies 11 geographically distinct locations including JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, JBSA-Lackland, JBSA-Randolph and JBSA-Camp Bullis. The 8,000-person 502nd ABW executes 49 installation support functions to enable the largest joint base in the Department of Defense, consisting of 266 mission partners, 80,000 full-time personnel and a local community of more than 250,000 retirees. The 502nd ABW also manages and provides oversight for major projects, facilities and infrastructure worth $37 billion.
Prior to assuming her current position, Brig. Gen. Lenderman served as Deputy Director (Military), Strategic Plans, Policy and Logistics, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The Strategic Plans, Policy and Logistics Directorate is the command lead for future initiatives, including strategic, campaign and operational planning, logistical transformation, force programming, policy development and operational traffic management policies and procedures to ensure readiness and capability to meet current, projected and emerging requirements.
Brig. Gen. Lenderman graduated from Duke University with an Electrical Engineering degree in 1993. After attending pilot training at Columbus AFB, Miss., she served several tours flying the KC-135 Stratotanker at Grand Forks AFB, N.D., Fairchild AFB, Wash. and Altus AFB, Okla. Her staff assignments include serving as the Chief, Commander’s Action Group and Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill. and the Analysis Branch Chief, Joint Staff J-8, Washington, D.C. She also commanded the 15th Air Mobility Operations Squadron at Travis AFB, Calif., served as the Vice Commander of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia and commanded the 375th Air Mobility Wing at Scott AFB, Ill.
1993 Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, Electrical Engineering, Duke University, Durham, N.C.
1998 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2000 Master of Science, Business Administration and Organizational Management, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2006 Master of Science, Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007 Master of Science, Airpower Art and Science, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2010 National Security Research Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1. March 1994–March 1995, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.
2. March 1995–July 1998, KC-135R Pilot/Aircraft Commander, Grand Forks AFB, N.D.
3. July 1998–August 2000, Student, Air Force Intern Program, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
4. September 2000–August 2003, KC-135R Instructor Pilot, Fairchild AFB, Wash.
5. August 2003–July 2005, KC-135R Instructor/Evaluator Pilot, Altus AFB, Okla.
6. August 2005–June 2006, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. July 2006–June 2007, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. June 2007–June 2009, Commander, 15th Air Mobility Operations Squadron, Travis AFB, Calif.
9. June 2009–June 2010, National Security Research Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
10. June 2010–July 2012, Chief, Commander's Action Group and Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
11. July 2012–August 2013, Vice Commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia
12. August 2013–August 2015, Chief, Analysis Branch, Program and Budget Analysis Division, Joint Staff J-8, Washington, D.C.
13. August 2015–August 2017, Commander, 375th Air Mobility Wing, Scott AFB, Ill.
14. August 2017–June 2018, Deputy Director-Military, Strategic Plans, Policy and Logistics, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
15. June 2018–present, Commander, 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio, Texas
Rating: command pilot
Flight Hours: more than 3,000
Aircraft Flown: KC-135R/T, KC-10, C-17A
"The Rise of Air Mobility and Its Generals," Air University Press, January 2008
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Sept. 21, 1993
First Lieutenant Sept. 21, 1995
Captain Sept. 21, 1997
Major Feb. 1, 2004
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 1, 2007
Colonel Sept. 1, 2011
Brig. Gen. Aug. 1, 2018
(Current as of September 2019)