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Brig Gen Edward L. “Hertz” Vaughan is the Special Assistant to the Director of Training and Readiness, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon. The directorate, which includes the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation, executes policy, guidance and oversight of Air Force readiness. General Vaughan leads the Air Force Physiological Episodes Action Team and strategic execution of live, virtual, constructive multi-domain combat simulation.

General Vaughan completed Reserve Officer Training Corps at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received his commission as top graduate from ANG’s Academy of Military Science. He served in military leadership roles at the squadron, group, wing, MAJCOM and higher levels in both the mobility and combat air forces, including command tours in Antarctica and Puerto Rico. A joint qualified officer, he held national scope roles in Office of the Secretary of Defense, Headquarters Air Force, and National Guard Bureau.

General Vaughan is a frequent speaker on exponential leadership, aviation safety, disruptive innovation and airpower. He served as adjunct faculty with the National Defense University and Air University. General Vaughan also has extensive private sector experience, including manufacturing and test engineering, marketing, intrepreneurship and small business operations.

General Vaughan is a command pilot and prior navigator with more than 2,700 flying hours in fighter and mobility aircraft, more than 200 of those in combat. His contingency experience includes operations Iraqi Freedom, Tomodachi, Southern Watch, Coronet Oak, Enduring Freedom, Katrina, Deep Freeze and Maria Relief Puerto Rico. He holds life memberships in the Air Force Association, Red River Valley Fighter Pilots, Old Antarctic Explorers and Order of Daedalians.

1991 Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.
1997 Squadron Officers School, Distinguished Graduate, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2002 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2003 Joint Air Commanders Course, Air Warfare Center, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2009 Master’s degree in strategic studies, Academic Distinction, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2010 Joint Air Operations Planning Course, LeMay Center for Doctrine, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 Joint Faculty Development Course, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 Joint Faculty Development Course, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk Naval Air Station, Va.
2015 National Security Studies Program, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2017 Director of Mobility Forces Course, USAF Expeditionary Operations School, Hurlburt AFB, Fla.
2017 Joint Task Force Commander Training Course, U.S. Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.


1. April 1992 – February 1993, specialized undergraduate navigator training, Mather Air Force Base, Calif.
2. February 1993 – April 1993, student navigator, C-130 Replacement Training Unit, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
3. May 1993 – August 1995, Tactical Navigator, LC/C-130, 139th Airlift Squadron, Stratton Air National Guard Base, N.Y.
4. August 1995 – August 1996, undergraduate pilot training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
5. August 1996 – December 1996, student pilot, C-130 Replacement Training Unit, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
6. December 1996 – March 1998, Airlift Pilot, LC/C-130, 139th Airlift Squadron, Flying Executive Officer, C-130H Tactical Airdrop Pilot, 109th Operations Group, Stratton ANGB, Scotia, N.Y.
7. April 1998 – July 1999, Fighter Pilot Upgrade, F-16 Replacement Training Unit, Luke AFB, Ariz.
8. July 1999 – December 2000, F-16 Fighter Pilot, Squadron Scheduler; Bomb Range Control Officer; Squadron Training Officer, 138th Fighter Squadron, Hancock Field, Syracuse, N.Y.
9. December 2000 – March 2002, F-16 Instructor Fighter Pilot, Wing Plans Officer; Standardization-Evaluation Liaison Officer, 163rd Fighter Squadron, Fort Wayne International Airport, Ind.
10. March 2002 – February 2005, Chief of Wing Safety, Instructor Fighter Pilot, 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne IAP, Ind.
11. February 2005 – July 2008, Division Chief, Aviation Safety/Deputy Director, Safety, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va.
12. July 2008 – October 2009, student, Air War College, then Deputy Director, USAF Blue Horizons, Center for Strategy and Technology, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
13. October 2009 – September 2011, Chief, Joint Operations and Plans; Joint Task Force–Support Forces Antarctica, U.S. Pacific Command, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
14. October 2009 – September 2011, Commander, Forward and Garrison, Detachment 1, (formerly 13th Expeditionary Support Squadron), 13th Air Expeditionary Group, JTF-Support Forces Antarctica, McMurdo Station, Antarctica
15. September 2011 – October 2013, ANG Advisor to the Commander and President, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
16. November 2013 – October 2015, National Director of Safety, National Guard Bureau, Headquarters USAF, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
17. October 2015 – June 2017, Commander, 156th Airlift Wing, Muñiz ANGB, Carolina, Puerto Rico
18. June 2017 – July 2018, Director for Integration – Air National Guard, Office of Reserve Integration, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
19. August 2018 – present, Special Assistant to the Director for Readiness and Training and Lead for the Air Force Physiological Episodes Action Team, Headquarters USAF, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

1. October 2009 – September 2011, Chief, Joint Operations and Plans; Joint Task Force–Support Forces Antarctica, United States Pacific Command, JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, as a lieutenant colonel
2. June 2017 – July 2018, Director for Integration, Office of Reserve Integration, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a colonel

Ratings: command pilot
Flight Hours: more than 2,700, including over 200 combat hours
Aircraft Flown: A-10C, F-16B/C/D/F, C-130E/H1/H2/H3, WC-130, LC-130, AT-38, T-38, T-37, T-43 and T-3A


Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Antarctica Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal with service star

Chief of Staff of the Air Force Individual Safety Trophy (USAF level), 2007
Inductee to the Air Force Safety Hall of Fame (USAF level), 2008
Patent: “USAF method/apparatus for mitigating aircrew fatigue,” #US20110071873A1, 2011
Executive Producer: “Welcome to 2035...the Age of Surprise,” USAF Strategy Video, 2012

Second Lieutenant April 9, 1992
First Lieutenant April 15, 1994
Captain April 15, 1996
Major April 13, 2001
Lieutenant Colonel May 4, 2005
Colonel, May 24, 2012
Brigadier General, Aug. 1, 2018

(Current as of December 2018)


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