Brig. Gen. Christopher E. Finerty is the Director, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. The Directorate is the liaison between the Air Force and Congress on all programs, air and space weapons systems and issues such as legislative and constituent inquiries. General Finerty collaborates directly with the House of Representatives and Senate to ensure full authorization of the Air Force’s $165 billion annual budget. General Finerty also prepares the Secretary, Chief of Staff of the Air Force and other senior Air Force leaders for engagements and testimony on Capitol Hill.
General Finerty received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1992. He is a Command Pilot with numerous combat deployments. He has more than 3,300
total flight hours, more than 45 combat missions and is credited with
more than 40 lives saved during peacetime and combat operations.
1992 Bachelor of Science, Engineering Science, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1997 Masters of Business Administration, Regis University, Denver
1997 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2006 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2011 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2018 CAPSTONE, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2018 Senior Leader Orientation Course; Joint Base Andrews, Md. and JB San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
2018 National Security Studies Management Course, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
1. August 1992 - October 1993, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese Air Force Base, Texas
2. October 1993 - February 1994, Rotary Wing Conversion Course, Fort Rucker, Ala.
3. February 1994 - May 1994, Student, UH-1N Training, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
4. May 1994 - May 1997, UH-1N Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 37th Rescue Flight, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
5. May 1997 - November 1997, Student, HH-60G Training, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
6. November 1997 - February 1999, HH-60G Assistant Flight Commander, 48th Rescue Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.
7. February 1999 - September 2002, Assistant Operations Officer, 33rd Rescue Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan
8. September 2002 - September 2005, HH-60G Evaluator Pilot, Kulis Air National Guard Base, Alaska
9. February 2007 - May 2008, Branch Chief, Combat Forces Requirements, National Guard Bureau, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
10. May 2008 - February 2010, Division Chief, Requirements Integration, National Guard Bureau, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
11. February 2010 - December 2011, Division Chief, Readiness, Congressional Appropriations Liaison, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
12. December 2011 - September 2015, Division Chief, Legislative Programs, National Guard Bureau, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
13. September 2015 - December 2016, ANGRC Vice Commander, National Guard Bureau, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
14. December 2016 - March 2017, Special Assistant to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
15. December 2017 – April 2019, Director, Office of Legislative Liaison, National Guard Bureau, Director, Office of Legislative Liaison, NGB, Arlington, Va.
16. April 2019 – present, Director, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 3,300 including more than 45 combat
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-1, UH-1N and HH-60G
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 27, 1992
First Lieutenant May 27, 1994
Captain May 27, 1996
Major Nov. 1, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel June 23, 2008
Colonel May 24, 2012
Brigadier General Dec. 2, 2017
(Current as of May 2019)