Brig. Gen. Edward L. “Hertz” Vaughan serves as the Deputy Commander, Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Region, and Deputy Combined and Joint Force Air Component Commander for 1 Canadian Air Division, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is the Principal Advisor to the Canadian Commander and assumes command of NORAD forces assigned to Canadian NORAD Region in the commander's absence. General Vaughan is responsible for ensuring that the region's battle staff, air operations center, flying units, radar sensors, intelligence and command-and-control assets provide airspace warning and control and space and maritime warning. He is the senior U.S. Air Force officer in Canada, responsible for mission effectiveness and administration of U.S. Air Force units assigned to Canada.
General Vaughan completed ROTC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, earning his commission as top graduate from the Air National Guard’s officer training program. General Vaughan has a decade of private sector experience and frequently speaks on cross-cultural negotiation, safety, disruptive innovation and airpower. As an instructor fighter pilot and mobility airlifter, he held leadership roles at the squadron, group, wing and higher headquarters levels. He held staff positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Indo-Pacific Command, Headquarters Air Force and the National Guard Bureau. As both student and faculty, he participated in the Chief of Staff’s Blue Horizons future innovation program.
Prior to his current role, General Vaughan served at Air Force Headquarters as Deputy Director, Training and Readiness, and Lead, Air Force Physiological Episodes Action Team. His contingency experience includes operations Iraqi Freedom, Tomdachi, Southern Watch, Coronet Oak, Enduring Freedom, Uphold Democracy, Katrina, Deep Freeze and Maria Relief Puerto Rico. In addition to fighter jets, he has several years flying LC-130 supporting polar science and logistics in Greenland, the Canadian Arctic and Antarctica.
1991 Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.
1997 Squadron Officers School, 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 in Strategic Studies, 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, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Operations School, Hurlburt AFB, Fla.
2017 Joint Task Force Commander Training Course, U.S. Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
2019 Senior Leader Orientation Course, Joint Base Andrews, Md. and Joint Base San Antonio, Texas
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, 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. Feb 2005 – Jul 2008, Division Chief, Aviation Safety and Deputy Director, Safety, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va.
12. July 2008 – October 2009, Air War College Student, then Deputy Director, U.S.Air Force 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, 13th Air Expeditionary Group, JTF-Support Forces Antarctica, McMurdo Station, Antarctica
15. September 2011 – October 2013, Air National Guard Advisor to the Commander and President, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
16. November 2013 – October 2015, Director of Safety, ANG, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
17. October 2015 – June 2017, Commander, 156th Airlift Wing, Muñiz ANGB, Carolina, Puerto Rico
18. June 2017 – July 2018, Director for Integration, Office of Reserve Integration, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
19. August 2018 – August 2019, Assistant Director for Readiness and Training and Lead, Air Force Physiological Episodes Action Team, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
20. August 2019 – present, Deputy Commander, Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Region, and Deputy Combined and Joint Forces Air Component Commander, 1 Canadian Air Division, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. October 2009 – September 2011, Chief, Joint Operations and Plans; Joint Task Force – Support Forces Antarctica, United States Indo-Pacific Command, Joint Base 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
3. August 2019 – present, Deputy Commander, Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Region, and Deputy Combined/Joint Forces Air Component Commander, 1 Canadian Air Division, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, as a brigadier general
Ratings: Command Pilot and former Navigator
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
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
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 bronze star
1993 Ira Husik Top Navigator Trophy, U.S. Air Force Undergraduate Navigator Training
2007 Chief of Staff of the Air Force Individual Safety Trophy (USAF level)
2008 Inductee to the Air Force Safety Hall of Fame (U.S. Air Force level)
2011 Co-inventor, “U.S. Air Force method/apparatus for mitigating aircrew fatigue”, Patent #US20110071873A1
2012 Platinum Industry Award, Executive Producer, “Welcome to 2035...Age of Surprise,” U.S. Air Force Innovation Video
2016 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, as Commander, 156th Airlift Wing, Puerto Rico
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
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 August 2019)