Brig. Gen. Julian C. Cheater is the Commander of the Over the Horizon Counter-Terrorism Headquarters at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. As Commander, Brig. Gen. Cheater is responsible for 544 joint personnel across four geographically-separated locations in the United States Central Command area of responsibility. He plans and executes missions in support of Special Operations Command-Central taskings.
Brig. Gen. Cheater received his commission from the Air Force Academy in 1994. He has commanded at the squadron, group, wing, and headquarters levels and flown in multiple operations including operations Southern Watch, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, Freedom’s Sentinel, Inherent Resolve, Nomad Shadow, Jukebox Lotus, Juniper Garrett and Copper Dune. Additionally, he was in the first class of political-military strategists and was a national finalist for the White House Fellowship.
Brig. Gen. Cheater commanded the 432nd Wing and the 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing. Prior to his assignment to the Joint Staff J-3, he served as the Director, ISR Operations, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, and Cyber Effects Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia.
1994 Bachelor of Science, Political Science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2001 Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2007 Distinguished Graduate, Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 Master of Airpower Arts and Sciences, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2009 Distinguished Graduate, Master of Aviation Science, Aeronautics Specialization, Embry-Riddle University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
2009 Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2013 Graduate with honors, Associate of Arts, Spanish, Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, Calif.
2014 Dual master's degrees in Defense and Security, Distinción Unánime, highest honors, Academia Nacional de Estudios Políticos y Estratégicos, Santiago, Chile; 2nd: Inter-American Defense College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2015 Joint Professional Military Education II, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2016 Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2019 Fellow, Capstone General and Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2020 Middle East and South Asia Seminar, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington, D.C.
2021 Combined Forces Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. July 1994–December 1994, Assistant Executive Officer, Department of Political Science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2. December 1994–December 1995, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, 14th Flying Training Wing, Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.
3. December 1995–July 1999, C-21 Instructor Pilot, Chief of Training, Life Support Officer, 12th Airlift Flight, Langley AFB, Va.
4. July 1999–November 1999, Student, T-38 Requalification Training and AT-38 Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, 12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph AFB, Texas
5. November 1999–August 2000, Student, F-16 Replacement Training Unit, 62nd Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
6. August 2000–May 2003, F-16 4-Ship Flight Lead, Chief of Scheduling, Squadron Safety Officer, 523rd Fighter Squadron, Cannon AFB, N.M.
7. May 2003–September 2003, Student, T-38 Pilot Instructor Training, 560th Flying Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, Texas
8. September 2003–July 2006, T-38 Instructor Pilot; Chief of Wing Commander’s Action Group; Director of Command and Control; Current Operations Flight Commander; Chief Flight Scheduler, 14th Flying Training Wing, Columbus AFB, Miss.
9. August 2006–June 2007, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
10. July 2007–June 2008, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
11. June 2008–July 2009, Deputy of Strategy, 607th Korea Air and Space Operations Center, Osan Air Base, South Korea
12. November 2009–June 2011, MQ-9 Instructor Pilot, Director of Operations, Director of Combat Operations, 42nd Attack Squadron, Creech AFB, Nev.
13. June 2011–June 2012, MQ-9 Instructor Pilot/MQ-1 Pilot, Commander, 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan
14. August 2012–June 2013, Spanish Student, Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, Calif.
15. July 2013–June 2014, Student, Inter-American Defense College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
16. August 2014–May 2016, Commander, 432nd Operations and Expeditionary Operations Group, Creech AFB, Nev.
17. June 2016–June 2017, Director, Security Assistance, Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq (OSC-I), Baghdad
18. July 2017–June 2019, Commander, 432nd Wing and 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Creech AFB, Nev.
19. June 2019–July 2020, Director, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations; Director, Remotely Piloted Aircraft and Airborne ISR Capabilities, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
20. July 2020–July 2021, Deputy Director for ISR Operations (J-32), Joint Staff J-3, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
21. July 2021–present, Commander, Over the Horizon Counter-Terrorism Headquarters, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2016–June 2017, Director, Security Assistance, Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq (OSC-I), Baghdad, as a colonel
2. July 2020–July 2021, Deputy Director for ISR Operations (J-32), Joint Staff J-3, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a brigadier general
3. July 2021–present, Commander, Over the Horizon Counter-Terrorism Headquarters, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, as a brigadier general
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: 3,700
Aircraft flown: MQ-1, MQ-9, RQ-170, F-16, T-38, AT-38 and C-21
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with two silver oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
“The War Over Warrior: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Adaptive Joint Command and Control,” SAASS Thesis
“Accelerating the Kill Chain Via Future Unmanned Aircraft,” Blue Horizons Paper
2018 U.S. Air Force General and Mrs. Jerome F. O’Malley Award
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 1, 1994
First Lieutenant June 1, 1996
Captain June 1, 1998
Major Aug. 1, 2004
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2009
Colonel Oct. 1, 2014
Brigadier General Oct. 4, 2019
(Current as of August 2021)