Brig. Gen. E. John “Dragon” Teichert is the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché in Baghdad as the Senior Military Advisor to the United States Ambassador, Iraq. Brig. Gen. Teichert is responsible for providing best military and security advice to the Country Team while representing the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and all Service Chiefs to host nation senior leaders. As the Senior Defense Official, Brig. Gen. Teichert oversees security cooperation programs, security assistance activities, and security sector reform efforts in molding and shaping Iraq into a sovereign, stable, united, democratic partner to the United States.
Brig. Gen. Teichert received his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1994 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Throughout his career, Brig. Gen. Teichert has held a variety of operational, instructional, test and leadership positions. He has directed the F-22 Combined Test Force and commanded the 411th Flight Test Squadron, leading all F-22 Raptor developmental test and evaluation activities. He has also commanded the 53rd Test Management Group, providing operational test and evaluation for a variety of United States Air Force air, space and cyber weapon systems. He has served as the Deputy Director of the Department of Defense Special Access Program Central Office, responsible for the governance, acquisition, oversight, protection and external liaison for all DoD programs protected under special access controls. Brig. Gen. Teichert has also commanded the 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews, responsible for America’s Airfield, National Capital Region rotary wing contingency response, U.S. Air Force ceremonial operations, and support for five wings, three headquarters, 80 tenant organizations, and more than 17,000 personnel. Prior to his current position, Brig. Gen. Teichert commanded the 412th Test Wing, Edwards Air Force Base, California. He led a wing of nearly 8,000 personnel in the test and evaluation of fighters, bombers, tankers, trainers, mobility aircraft, unmanned aerial systems and emerging technologies. Additionally, Brig. Gen. Teichert served as the Installation Commander responsible for operating the second largest base in the United States Air Force.
Brig. Gen. Teichert is a command pilot with more than 2,000 hours in 38 different aircraft types. His combat experience includes operations Northern Watch, Deliberate Forge and Allied Force.
1994 Bachelor of Science, Aeronautics and Astronautics, ROTC Distinguished Graduate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
1995 Master of Science, Aerospace Engineering, Stanford University, Calif.
2001 Squadron Officer School, Distinguished Graduate, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala
2003 U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Distinguished Graduate, Edwards AFB, Calif.
2007 Air Command and Staff College, Distinguished Graduate, Maxwell AFB, Ala
2008 School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala
2012 Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Distinguished Graduate, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1. June 1994–June 1995, Graduate Student, Stanford University, Calif.
2. July 1995–February 1997, Student, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, Distinguished Graduate, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
3. February 1997–September 1997, Student, F-15E Formal Training Unit, 334th Fighter Squadron, Distinguished Graduate, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
4. October 1997–December 1999, F-15E Pilot and Assistant Chief of Weapons, 492nd Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom
5. January 2000–October 2000, F-15E Instructor Pilot and Functional Check Flight Program Manager, 48th Operations Group, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom
6. October 2000–December 2002, F-15E Instructor Pilot, Chief of Combat Planning, and Flight Commander, 333rd Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
7. January 2003–December 2003, Student, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Distinguished Graduate, Edwards AFB, Calif.
8. January 2004–June 2006, F-22 Test Pilot, Assistant Operations Officer and Air Force Materiel Command’s F-22 Chief Pilot, 411th Flight Test Squadron, F-22 Combined Test Force, Edwards AFB, Calif.
9. July 2006–June 2007, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Distinguished Graduate, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
10. July 2007–June 2008, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
11. July 2008–June 2009, Operations Officer, 411th Flight Test Squadron, F-22 Combined Test Force, Edwards AFB, Calif.
12. July 2009–June 2011, Commander, 411th Flight Test Squadron and Director, F-22 Combined Test Force, Edwards AFB, Calif.
13. July 2011–August 2012, Student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Distinguished Graduate, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
14. September 2012–July 2014, Commander, 53rd Test Management Group, Eglin AFB, Fla.
15. July 2014–June 2016, Deputy Director, Department of Defense Special Access Program Central Office, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
16. July 2016–July 2018, Commander, 11th Wing, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
17. July 2018–February 2020, Commander, 412th Test Wing, Edwards AFB, Calif.
18. May 2020–present, Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché, U.S. Embassy-Baghdad
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 2014–June 2016, Deputy Director, Department of Defense Special Access Program Central Office, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a colonel.
2. May 2020–present, Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché, U.S. Embassy-Baghdad, as a brigadier general.
Rating: command pilot
Flight Hours: more than 2,000
Aircraft Flown: 38 different aircraft types including the F-22, F-15E, F-16 and UH-1N
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 28, 1994
First Lieutenant June 1, 1996
Captain June 1, 1998
Major Nov. 1, 2004
Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 2008
Colonel July 1, 2012
Brigadier General Sept. 2, 2018
(Current as of January 2021)