Heidi Scheppers, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director, Special Programs and the Department of Defense Foreign Material Program under the Director for Defense Intelligence, Collection and Special Programs, Office of the Undersecretary for Intelligence and Security, or OUSD(I&S), Arlington, Virginia. In this position, Mrs. Scheppers serves as the OUSD(I&S) focal point for special programs and activities. In addition, Mrs. Scheppers directs the Department of Defense Foreign Materiel Program as well as provides technical support to operations to include capabilities in Special Communication: Tracking, Tagging, and Locating capabilities and biometrics.
Prior to this assignment, Mrs. Scheppers was the Deputy Director of Security Forces, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. She provided executive leadership, direction, broad technical knowledge, and strategic continuity for a worldwide force of 38,000 active-duty and Reserve component security forces personnel conducting physical security, antiterrorism, force protection and policing operations. Her diverse responsibilities included the Air Force representative to the OSD Mission Assurance Executive Steering Group; Force Protection and Financial Management Authorizing Official; and Functional Manager for the 4,400-person Department of the civilian Defenders.
Mrs. Scheppers was commissioned in 1991 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. She served 14 years on active duty with the Air Force and entered the Department of Defense Civil Service and Air Force Reserves in 2005. As an Air Force officer, Col. Scheppers has more than 30 years of experience as security forces, services, personnel, intelligence, cyber, and doctrine liaison officer serving in a broad range of Air Force unit, wing, major command, numbered Air Force, combatant command, headquarters staff, and combined operational staff and command positions. These assignments include operations officer; executive officer; aide-de-camp to the Deputy Commander, United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea; Air University Faculty Chair; U.S. Cyber Command; two-time group commander and a three-time squadron commander.
1991 Bachelor of Science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1995 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2001 Master of Business Administration, Webster University, St. Louis
2003 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2010 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2019 University of North Carolina Executive Leadership: Logistics and Technology
2020 Harvard Executive Leadership: The Intersection of Cybersecurity and Policy, Boston
1. June 1991–September 1992, Flight Leader, Missile Security Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, N.D.
2. October 1992–September 1993, Section Commander, 55th SFS, Offutt AFB, Neb.
3. October 1993–March 1994, Detachment Chief of Security Forces, Colombia, South America
4. April 1994–May 1995, United States Strategic Command, Elite Guard Flight Commander, Offutt AFB, Neb.
5. June 1995–May 1998, Commander/Operations Officer, 56th Security Forces Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
6. June 1998–June 2001, Chief Support Operations Branch/Executive Officer, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
7. July 2001–July 2002, Operations Officer, 55th SFS, Osan Air Base, South Korea
8. July 2002–July 2003, Aide-de-Camp, Deputy Commander, United Nations Command/United States Forces Korea, Commander Seventh Air Force, Osan AB, South Korea
9. July 2003–July 2004, Commander, 46 SFS, Buckley AFB, Colo.
10. August 2004–August 2005, Chief of Protocol, Aerospace Data Facility, Buckley AFB, Colo.
11. August 2004–September 2006, Chief, Military Equal Opportunity, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, Buckley AFB, Colo.
12. August 2004–August 2006, Executive Officer, National Security Agency/Central Security Service, Buckley AFB, Colo.
13. June 2006–November 2008, Commander, 75th SFS, Hill AFB, Utah
14. August 2006–June 2008, Director, Human Development & Executive Officer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Integration Operations Center, Denver
15. June 2008–January 2009, National Geospatial-intelligence Agency Faculty Chair/Deputy Director Intelligence Division, Air University, LeMay Center, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
16. January 2009–April 2009, Chief, Commander’s Action Group, Air University, LeMay Center, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
17. June 2009–September 2010, Senior Executive Officer, Director, Directorate of Logistics, Installations & Mission Support, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, La.
18. September 2010–July 2012, Chief, Integration & Resources Division, Directorate of Logistics, Installations & Mission Support, Headquarters AFGSC, Barksdale AFB, La.
19. September 2012–April 2013, Chief, Force Support Integration, Headquarters Air Force, Directorate of Manpower and Personnel, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
20. May 2013–March 2018, Chief of Staff, Defense Technology Integration Program Office, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. (June 2013–January 2015), Chief of Security Forces, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
21. February 2015–March 2016, Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Director, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt AFB, Fla.
22. October 2015–March 2018, Deputy Director, Air Forces Cyber-Forward, Fort George G. Meade, Md.
23. April 2018–November 2020, Deputy Director of Security Forces, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters Air Force, Arlington, Va.
24. January 2019–March 2021, 67th Cyber Wing, IMA to the Commander, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas
25. November 2020–present, Director, Special Programs, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, Arlington, Va.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Humanitarian Service Medal
1991 Women’s Rugby National Champion, Div. I
1999 AETC Security Forces Officer of the Year
2000 AETC Doris R. McCrosson Outstanding Security Forces Supervisor
2001 Pacific Air Force’s Best Antiterrorism/Force Protection Program
2003 Air Force Space Command Best Medium Security Forces Squadron
2007 National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Woman of the Year
2018 Force Protection Boundary Air Force Authorizing Official for Cybersecurity
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 2, 1991
First Lieutenant May 29, 1993
Captain May 29, 1995
Major May 1, 2002
GS-13 Sept. 6, 2005
GS-14 Aug. 16, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 22, 2008
GS-15 Sept. 12, 2010
Colonel April 14, 2014
Senior Executive Service April 2, 2018
(Current as of March 2021)