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BRIGADIER GENERAL CHRISTOPHER J. NIEMI

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Brig. Gen. Christopher Niemi is the Commander of the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. As the Air Force’s largest officer accession source, General Niemi leads more than 3,200 Airmen, training 163,000 cadets at 2,140 global locations. The command includes 16,700 cadets at 1,250 colleges and universities nationwide for Air Force ROTC, 3,300 cadets in Air Force Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, and more than 143,000 cadets in 890 high schools globally supporting Air Force Junior ROTC. The Holm Center produces more than 85 percent of the Air Force’s front line officers, chaplains, judge advocates and medical officers.

General Niemi entered the Air Force in 1993 as a graduate from Air Force ROTC at the Georgia Institute of Technology. During his first F-15E operational assignment at RAF Lakenheath, he served as a combat mission commander during Operation Allied Force. He attended the U.S. Air Force Weapons School before being assigned to Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., where he was selected as one of eight F-22 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation pilots. General Niemi was subsequently assigned to numerous F-22 training, test, and operational squadrons, after which he served as the Senior Air Force Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Development, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

Prior to this assignment, General Niemi was the Commander, 3rd Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, where he was responsible for training and equipping tactical air dominance forces, command and control platforms, and strategic and tactical airlift resources for contingency operations. He also provided the commander, U.S. Northern Command, immediate early airborne detection, warning, surveillance and interception of hostile forces within the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region. He is a command pilot with more than 3,100 flying hours.

EDUCATION

1993 Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
1994 Masters of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
1999 F-15E U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2000 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007 Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2012 George C. Marshall Center Fellowship, Garmisch, Germany
2014 Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2018 Leading Strategically Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Colo.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 1994 – June 1995, Student, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin AFB, Texas
2. July 1995 – May 1996, Student, F-15E Basic Operational Training Course, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
3. June 1996 – June 1999, Assistant Chief, Weapons and Tactics, and Squadron Programmer, 492nd Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom
4. July 1999 – December 1999, Student, F-15E Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis, AFB, Nev.
5. January 2000 – October 2002, Chief, Standardization and Evaluation, Flight Commander, and Chief, Weapons and Tactics, 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.,
6. November 2002 – September 2004, Chief, F-22 Dedicated initial Operational Test and Evaluation Current Operations and Programming, AFOTEC Detachment 6, Edwards AFB, Calif.
7. October 2004 – May 2006, Assistant Director of Operations, 43rd Fighter Squadron, 325th Training Wing, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
8. June 2006 – June 2007, Student, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
9. July 2007 – June 2009, Director of Operations, 90th Fighter Squadron, 3rd Wing, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
10. July 2009 – July 2011, Commander, 525th Fighter Squadron, 3rd Wing, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
11. August 2011 – June 2012, Air Force Fellow, George C. Marshall Center, Garmisch, Germany
12. July 2012 – April 2014, Senior Air Force Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Force Development, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
13. May 2014 – May 2016 Commander, 33rd Operations Group, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.
14. May 2016 – August 2018, Commander, 3rd Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
15. August 2018 – present, Commander, Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: command pilot
Flight Hours: More than 3,100
Aircraft Flown: F-15E, F-22, F-35, C-17, E-3 and C-12

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 1993
First Lieutenant December 1995
Captain December 1997
Major March 2004
Lieutenant Colonel June 2008
Colonel October 2013
Brigadier General Frocked

(Current as of August 2018)

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