Brig. Gen. John M. Klein Jr. is Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. The Expeditionary Center is the Air Force's center of excellence for rapid global mobility and expeditionary agile combat support training and education, while also providing direct oversight for the Global Air Mobility Support System and installation support, contingency response and building partnership capacity mission sets within the global mobility enterprise. The Expeditionary Center provides operational control of the Expeditionary Operations School and administrative control for five wings and two groups within Air Mobility Command. These units include the 87th Air Base Wing and the 621st Contingency Response Wing at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst; the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany; the 628th Air Base Wing at JB Charleston, South Carolina; the 43rd Air Mobility Operations Group at Pope Field, North Carolina, and the 627th Air Base Group at JB Lewis-McChord, Washington.
Brig. Gen. Klein has also served as the Commander of the 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, California, where he was responsible for the combined efforts of all operations and support activities associated with the worldwide air mobility mission. Before serving as the 60th AMW Commander, he was Chief of the Mobility, Vertical Lift and Special Operations Requirements Division on the Air Staff at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. He also previously served as Commander of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia.
Brig. Gen. Klein received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1994. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and is a command pilot with more than 3,200 flying hours in the T-37B Tweet, T-38A Talon, C-130E/H Hercules, C-130J Super Hercules, C-5B Galaxy and KC-10A Extender. He has flown in all regions of the world including the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific and has flown 340 combat hours in operations Joint Guard, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Unified Response and Enduring Freedom. Prior to his current position, he was the 2018-2019 Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York. In that position, he represented the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense in national security and foreign policy related engagements and discussions at the council and throughout the New York Metropolitan Area.
1994 Bachelor of Science, Astronautical Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2000 Squadron Officer School, Distinguished Graduate, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2002 Certificate Degree, Organizational Management, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2003 U.S. Air Force Weapons School, C-130 Weapons Instructor Course, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
2005 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2007 Master of Science, Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy, Joint Advanced Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2008 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2012 Master of Advanced Studies, International and European Security, European Institute, University of Geneva and Geneva Center for Security Policy, Geneva
2012 Air Force Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.
2019 Air Force Fellows Program, Council on Foreign Relations, New York
1. August 1994-November 1995, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, 88th Flying Training Squadron, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
2. November 1995-February 1996, Student, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, 49th FTS, Columbus AFB, Miss.
3. February 1996-May 1996, Student, F-15C Flying Training Upgrade, 1st Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
4. May 1996-September 1996, Assistant to the Flight Commander, Current Operations Flight, 325th Operations Support Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
5. September 1996-February 1997, Student, C-130 Flying Training Upgrade, 53rd Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
6. February 1997-March 1999, C-130E Co-pilot, 2nd AS, Pope AFB, N.C.
7. March 1999-July 1999, Student, C-130 Flying Training Upgrade, 53rd AS, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
8. July 1999-May 2001, Instructor Pilot and Chief of Squadron Weapons and Tactics and Chief of Squadron Training, 36th AS, Yokota Air Base, Japan
9. June 2001-July 2002, Air Force Intern, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
10. July 2002-July 2005, Chief of Squadron Weapons and Tactics, 50th AS, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
11. July 2005-July 2006, Assistant Operations Officer, 463rd OSS, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
12. July 2006-June 2007, Student, Joint Advanced Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
13. June 2007-May 2008, Action Officer, The Joint Staff, Operational Plans and Joint Force Development Directorate, Joint Experimentation, Transformation and Concepts Division, Joint Concepts Branch, Washington, D.C.
14. May 2008-June 2009, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Speechwriter, The Joint Staff, Office of the CJCS, Public Affairs, CJCS Writers Group, Washington, D.C.
15.June 2009-June 2011, Commander, 573rd Global Support Squadron, Travis AFB, Calif.
16.July 2011-June 2012, Defense Fellow, 26th International Training Course in Security Policy, Geneva Center for Security Policy, Geneva
17. July 2012–July 2013, Vice Commander, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif.
18. July 2013–June 2014, Commander, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia
19. July 2014–June 2016, Chief, Mobility, Vertical Lift, and Special Operations Requirements Division, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
20. June 2016–July 2018, Commander, 60th AMW, Travis AFB, Calif.
21. August 2018–July 2019, Military Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, New York
22. August 2019–present, Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2007-May 2008, Action Officer, The Joint Staff, Operational Plans and Joint Force Development Directorate, Joint Experimentation, Transformation and Concepts Division, Washington, D.C., as a major
2. May 2008-June 2009, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Speechwriter, The Joint Staff, Office of the CJCS, Public Affairs, CJCS Writers Group, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant colonel
Rating: command pilot
Flight Hours: more than 3,200
Aircraft Flown: T-41C, T-37B, T-38A, C-130E/H, C-130J, C-5B and KC-10A
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit Medal with oak leaf cluster
Medal Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 1, 1994
First Lieutenant June 1, 1996
Captain June 1, 1998
Major Aug. 1, 2004
Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 2008
Colonel July 1, 2012
Brigadier General May 2, 2019
(Current as of January 2020)