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NANCY BALKUS

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Nancy J. Balkus, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Director of Civil Engineers, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. She is responsible for supporting the Director of Civil Engineers by providing executive leadership, direction and technical knowledge for installation support functions at a total of 182 Air Force bases worldwide with an annual budget over $11 billion. She is also responsible for organizing, training and equipping the 51,000-person engineering force along with providing policy and oversight for the planning, development, construction, maintenance, utilities and environmental quality of Air Force bases worldwide valued at more than $297 billion. This responsibility includes housing, fire emergency services, explosive ordnance disposal and emergency management services. 
 
Ms. Balkus is a 1988 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. She has served in a variety of positions at the squadron, base, forward operating agency, major command and headquarters level in U.S. and overseas locations. She is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas. Her joint experience includes the Joint Staff Strategic Plans and Policy Assistant Deputy Director for Strategic Stability where she formulated Joint Staff positions and recommendations regarding strategic deterrence, nuclear policy, combatting weapons of mass destruction and international arms control agreements. As the Assistant Deputy Director for Global Security Affairs/Partnership Strategy, she provided leadership for building national security partnerships and partner capacity for U.S. missions in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya; reviewed and oversaw all Defense Department security cooperation plans, authorities and budgets; directed Joint Staff engagement for all international security assistance programs and provided oversight for the Chairman’s mission to the United Nations in New York. 

Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Balkus served as the Deputy Director of the Export Control and Interagency Liaison Division at NASA Headquarters, in the Office of International and Interagency Relations. As a civil engineer she has served as the Programs Division Deputy Chief in the Office of the Civil Engineer at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Deputy Base Civil Engineer at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, Deputy Chief of Readiness at Headquarters Air Combat Command, Project Management Branch Chief for the Aviano 2000 Program Management Office, and multiple positions at the Air Force Center for Engineering and Environment, Brooks AFB, Texas.

EDUCATION
1988 Bachelor of Science, Biology, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1994 Master of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio 
2003 Master of Science, National Security Strategy, National War College, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2003 Information Studies Concentration Program, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2007 Executive Leadership in a Changing Environment, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
2008 Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2008 Federal Executive Institute, Civilian Leadership Course, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2009 Center for Creative Leadership, Leadership Development Program, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2011 Senior Executive Fellows, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
2012 National Security Executive Leader Seminar, State Dept., Foreign Service Institute, Washington, D.C.
2016 Certificate in Public Policy, Brookings Executive Education, Washington, D.C.
2017 Leading Strategic Change and Transformation, OPM SES Leading Edge, Washington, D.C.
2018 Inspiring and Engaging a High-Performing 21st Century Workforce, OPM SES Leading Edge, Washington, D.C.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY 
1. June 1988 – March 1990, Aerospace Physiologist, Biomedical Science Corps, School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas
2. April 1990 – January 1991, Research Aerospace Physiologist, Krug Life Sciences, School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas
3. January 1991 – May 1993, Environmental Project Manager, Modern Technologies Corporation, San Antonio
4. May 1993 – March 1996, Supervisory Environmental Scientist, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, Calif., assigned to the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment, Brooks AFB, Texas
5. March 1996 – December 1999, Major Command Program Manager and Special Projects Integrator, Environmental Restoration Division, Air Force Center for Engineering and Environment, Brooks AFB, Texas
6. January 2000 – August 2002 Chief, Project Management Branch, Aviano 2000 Program Management Office, Headquarters 16th Air Force, Aviano Air Base, Italy, then MAJCOM Program Manager, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany, assigned to Aviano AB, Italy
7. August 2002 – July 2003, Student, National War College, National Defense University, Fort Leslie J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
8. July 2003 – August 2004, Deputy Chief, Readiness Division, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB. Va.
9. August 2004 - May 2006, Deputy Base Civil Engineer, 1st Civil Engineer Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
10. June 2006 to October 2006, MILCON Program Manager, Programs Division, Office of the Air Force Civil Engineer, Headquarters Air Force, Arlington, Va.
11. October 2006 – January 2008, Chief, Executive Services Division, Office of the Air Force Civil Engineer, Headquarters Air Force, Arlington, Va.
12. January 2008 to September 2009, Deputy Division Chief, Programs Division and Branch Chief for Military Construction Policy and Analysis, Office of the Air Force Civil Engineer, Headquarters Air Force, Arlington, Va.
13. October 2009 to December 2012, Assistant Deputy Director, Global Security Affairs/Partnership Strategy, Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Staff (J5), Arlington, Va.
14. December 2012 - May 2014, Deputy Division Chief, International Negotiations Division, Deputy Directorate for Strategic Stability, Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Staff (J5), Arlington, Va.
15. May 2014 – January 2017, Assistant Deputy Director, Strategic Stability, Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Staff (J5), Arlington, Va.
16. January 2017 – June 2018, Deputy Director, Export Control and Interagency Liaison Division, Office of International and Interagency Relations, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
17. June 2018 – present, Deputy Director for Civil Engineers, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.

AWARDS AND HONORS 
2017 Office of the Secretary of Defense, Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service 
2015 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program 
2013 Civilian of the Year, Joint Staff (J5), Strategic Plans and Policy
2013 Civilian of the Quarter, Joint Staff (J5), Strategic Plans and Policy 
2012 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award 
2010 Corporate Athlete Program, Human Performance Institute, Orlando, Fla. 
2009 Air Force Civilian Strategic Leadership Program
2009 Center for Creative Leadership, Leadership Development Program 
2009 Top Ten Federal Engineers of the Year, National Society of Professional Engineers
2009 Air Force Civilian Engineer of the Year, Headquarters Air Force
2008 Civilian of the Quarter, Headquarters Air Force Office of the Civil Engineer
2008 Federal Executive Institute, Civilian Leadership Course 
2004 Goethals Medal, Society of American Military Engineers, Virginia Peninsula Post
2003 Department of Defense Leadership and Management Program (DLAMP) Graduate 
2003 and 1996 Department of the Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service 
2002 Department of the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service 
1997 Ralph H. Tudor Medal, Society of American Military Engineers Texoma Region 
1993 Department of the Air Force Special Act 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS 
Society of American Military Engineers 
 
(Current as of July 2018) 

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