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Donald E. Plater, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Executive Director for Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida. Mr. Plater assists the AFSOC commander as the senior civilian focal point for ensuring all force development, combat capabilities and resourcing allocations are effectively synchronized and integrated to meet warfighter requirements. He plans, develops
and implements mechanisms to validate current and future requirements; leveraging science and technology in support of equipment modernization and training transformation initiatives.

Mr. Plater began his career in the Department of Defense as an Army officer, retiring at the rank of colonel. He commanded at the battery, battalion, squadron and brigade levels. As a civilian, he has held progressively more responsible positions in the areas of programs, requirements, integration, financial strategies, strategic investment guidance and resource management. Prior to his current position, Mr. Plater served as the Executive Director for Resources, Support and Integration for the Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

1973 Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1997 Master of Science, Military Applied Sciences, National Resource Strategy, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
1997 Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
2009 Senior Leader Program, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2012 Senior Executive Fellows Program, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Mass.

1. April 2004-April 2006, Deputy Director, Strategy and Integration Directorate, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, Department of the Army, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
2. April 2006-December 2014, Assistant Chief of Staff, Army, Joint Activities, U.S. Army Element Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.
3. December 2014-present, Executive Director for Resources, Support, and Integration, Army, Joint Activities, U.S. Army Element Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Distinguished Service Medal
Superior Civilian Service Award
Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism
Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award
Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Fort Bragg Executive of the Year
Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award

(Current as of February 2019)


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