Maj. Gen. Adrian L. Spain is the Director of Operations (J3), U.S. European Command, Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany. In this role he leads the USEUCOM J3 staff to support the command’s forces in executing a full range of multi-domain operations in coordination with allies and partners to support NATO, deter Russia, assist in the defense of Israel, enable global operations and counter trans-national threats in order to defend the homeland forward and fortify Euro-Atlantic security.
Maj. Gen. Spain entered the Air Force in 1994 through the ROTC program, graduating from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. He is a command pilot with more than 2300 hours in multiple aircraft, primarily with the F-15C and F-22. He is a 2001 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and F-15C flying award winner. As Weapons Officer for the 58th Fighter Squadron, he led the nation’s first Operation Noble Eagle deployment to the National Capital Region, and the first missions under wartime rules of engagement while deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He would later serve as an Instructor at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School in the 433rd Weapons Squadron.
Maj. Gen. Spain has commanded at the squadron, group and twice at the wing level. He served as Commandant of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, building the next generation of Air Force leaders and tactical experts across 18 squadrons, six major commands and all Air Force warfighting disciplines. As the 53rd Wing Commander, he led more than 70 units devoted to Operational Test and Evaluation, weapons evaluation, electronic warfare and mission data development for fighter, bomber, PR, high-altitude ISR, space and electronic warfare weapons systems. He commanded the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, executing air refueling, command and control, air superiority, strike and ISR missions for the Air Component in Central Command. Prior to his current position, Maj. Gen. Spain was the Director of Plans, Programs, and Analyses, United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
1994 Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Villanova University, Villanova, Pa.
1996 Outstanding and Distinguished Graduate, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese Air Force Base, Texas.
2000 Distinguished Graduate, U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2001 Flying Award, F-15C Division U.S. Air Force Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2007 Masters of Science, Systems Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2011 Masters of Science, National Resource Strategy, Mashburn Award Finalist, Antonelli Award Winner, 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, Del.
2. June 1995–June 1996, Student, undergraduate pilot training, Reese Air Force Base, Texas
3. September 1996–April 1997, Student, F-15C Eagle Replacement Training Unit, 2nd Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
4. April 1997–June 1999, 4-ship FL and Combat Plans Officer, 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan
5. June 1999–July 2001, F-15C Instructor/Evaluator/FCF Pilot/Mission Commander, Chief of Scheduling and Assistant Chief of Weapons, 27th Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
6. July 2001–December 2001, Student, 433rd Weapons Squadron, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
7. January 2002–July 2003, Chief, Squadron Weapons and Tactics, 58th Fighter Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
8. July 2003–June 2004, 57th Wing F15C Chief Standardization Evaluation Flight Examiner and 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 SEFE and 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, Langley AFB, Va.
13. April 2008–December 2008, Operations Officer, 94th Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
14. December 2008–July 2010, Commander 94th Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
15. July 2010–June 2011, Student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
16. June 2011–May 2013, Chief, Joint Exercise Division, Alaskan Command and Joint Task Force-Alaska, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
17. May 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 NORAD & USNORTHCOM, Peterson AFB, Colo.
20. June 2018–July 2019, Commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Dhafra AB, United Arab Emirates
21. July 2019–June 2021, Director, Plans, Programs, and Analyses for Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Force Africa, Ramstein AB, Germany
22. July 2021–present, Director of Operations, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, 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, NORAD and USNORTHCOM, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., as a colonel
3. July 2021–present, Director of Operations, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, as a major general
Rating: command pilot
Flight Hours: more than 2,150; including more than 125 combat hours in the F-15C, 94 combat hours in the F-22A
Aircraft Flown: T-37, A/T-38, F-15A/B/C/D/E, F-16D, F-22A, HH-60G, B-1B, B-2A, B-52H, AC-130W, C-130J, KC- 135R, C-17A, QF-4E, E-3, KC-10
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
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
Major General Aug. 2, 2021
(Current as of August 2021)