Brig. Gen. Adrian L. Spain is the Director of Plans, Programs and Analyses, United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. As Director, Brig. Gen. Spain leads theater engagement throughout Europe and Africa by managing unit basing, organization and force structure. He is responsible for developing and directing the command's resource capability processes, doctrine review, strategy initiatives and political-military affairs program, as well as overseeing command analyses and lessons learned. He is also responsible for command transformation, as well as implementing U.S. and NATO strategy and ensuring arms control treaty obligations are met.
Brig. Gen. Spain entered the Air Force in 1994 through the ROTC program, graduating from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He is a Command Pilot with more than 2,300 hours in multiple aircraft, primarily the F-15C and F-22. He is a 2001 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and as the Weapons Officer for the 58th Fighter Squadron, he led the nation’s first Operation Noble Eagle deployment to the National Capital Region and led the first missions under wartime rules of engagement while deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He would later serve as an F-15C instructor at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School in the 433rd Weapons Squadron.
Brig. Gen. Spain has commanded at the Squadron, Group and twice at the Wing level. He led the 94th FS to the Pacific and the first trip to mainland Japan and Korea for the F-22. As Commandant of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, he led the post-sequester syllabus rewrite and built the next generation of leaders and tactical experts covering 18 squadrons & six major commands and across all Air Force warfighting domains. As the 53rd Wing Commander, he led more than 70 units across the continental United States devoted to Operational Test and Evaluation, weapons evaluation, electronic warfare and mission data development across all fighter, bomber, PR, high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, space and electronic warfare weapons systems for the Air Force. Prior to his current position Brig. Gen. Spain was the Commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.
1994 Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Villanova University, Villanova, Pa.
1996 Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese Air Force Base, Texas
2000 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2001 F-15C Division Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2005 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2007 Masters of Science, Systems Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2008 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2011 Masters of Science, National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2014 Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.
2015 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill
1. June 1994–June 1995, Gold Bar Recruiter, University of Delaware, Newark
2. June 1995–June 1996, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese Air Force Base, Texas
3. September 1996–April 1997, Student, F-15C Replacement Training Units, 2nd Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
4. June 1997–June 1999, 4-Ship and Combat Plans Officer, 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan
5. June 1999–July 2001, F-15C Instructor, Evaluator and Mission Commander, Chief of Scheduling and Assistant Chief of Weapons, 27th Fighter Squadron, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
6. July 2001–December 2001, Student, 433rd Weapons Squadron, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
7. January 2002–July 2003, Chief, Squadron Weapons and Tactics, 58th Fighter Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
8. July 2003–July 2004, 57th Wing F15C Chief Special Operations Forces Program Manager, Weapons School Instructor, 57th Operations Support Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
9. June 2004–April 2005, Flight Commander, Chief Functional Check Flight Pilot, Squadron Assistant Director of Operations, Phase Manager for the Air-to-Air Weapons Employment, Low Altitude, Night Employment, Air Combat Maneuvers, and Dissimilar Air Combat Tactics phases, 433rd Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
10. April 2005–May 2006, Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis AFB, Nev.
11. May 2006–June 2007, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
12. June 2007–April 2008, Chief, 1st Fighter Wing Weapons and Tactics, JB Langley-Eustis, Va.
13. April 2008–December 2008, Operations Officer 94th Fighter Squadron, JB Langley-Eustis, Va.
14. December 2008–July 2010, Commander 94th Fighter Squadron, JB Langley-Eustis, Va.
15. August 2010–June 2011, Student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
16. July 2011–May 2013, Chief, Joint Exercise Division, Alaskan Command and Joint Task Force Alaska, JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
17. June 2013–June 2015, Commandant, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
18. June 2015–June 2017, Commander, 53rd Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.
19. June 2017–June 2018, Executive Officer to the Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
20. July 2018–July 2019, Commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates
21. July 2019–present, Director, Plans, Programs, and Analyses, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Force Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 2011–May 2013, Chief, Joint Exercise Division, Alaskan Command and Joint Task Force-Alaska, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as a lieutenant colonel
2. June 2017–June 2018, Senior Executive Assistant to the Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., as a colonel
Rating: command pilot
Flight Hours: more than 2,300; 221 combat hours in the F-15C and F-22A
Primary Aircraft: F-15C/D and F-22A
Aircraft Flown: T-37, A/T-38, F-15A/B, F-16D, F-15E HH-60G, B-1B, B-2A, B-52H, AC-130W, C-130J, E-3, KC-10, KC- 135R, C-17A and QF-4E
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
2017 Jerome F. O’Malley award, Air Combat Command
US Northern Command’s Role in the Arctic Region, Proceedings, the Coast Guard Journal of Safety & Security at Sea, Summer 2013, Volume 70 Number 2
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant June 1, 1994
First Lieutenant June 1, 1996
Captain June 1, 1998
Major Nov. 1, 2004
Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 2008
Colonel Oct. 1, 2013
Brigadier General Oct. 2, 2018
(Current as of June 2020)