HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

BRIGADIER GENERAL LESLIE A. MAHER

PRINT | E-MAIL

Brig. Gen. Leslie A. Maher is Commander, Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. As the Air Force’s largest officer accession source, Brig. Gen. Maher leads more than 3,300 Airmen, training 120,000 cadets at 2,085 global locations. The command includes 15,000 cadets at 1,200 colleges and universities nationwide for Air Force ROTC, 3,500 cadets in Air Force Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, and more than 101,000 cadets in 885 high schools globally supporting Air Force Junior ROTC. The Holm Center produces more than 85% of the Air Force’s front line officers, chaplains, judge advocates and medical officers.

Brig. Gen. Maher, a native of Gregory, South Dakota, enlisted in the Air Force in 1987. After her enlistment ended, she attended Wichita State University and joined the 184th Fighter Wing, Kansas Air National Guard. Upon completion of her degree, Brig. Gen. Maher was commissioned through Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, and reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, and Randolph AFB, Texas, for Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training. She earned her wings in 1997 and has participated in numerous operations including operations Southern Watch, Allied Force, Noble Eagle, Desert Fox, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and the relief efforts in support of Joint Task Force-Matthew. She has served in several capacities, including KC-135 Weapons Officer, Foreign Area Officer and the JTF-Port Opening Commander for JTF-Matthew, where she led recovery efforts for the island of Haiti after a devastating hurricane in 2016. Additionally, she served as both Deputy and Director of Mobility Forces directing more than 2,700 airlift missions, supporting the recovery of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

Prior to her current assignment, Brig. Gen. Maher served as the Commander, 375th Air Mobility Wing, Scott AFB, Illinois, and later as Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia.

EDUCATION
1995 Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, Wichita State University, Kan.
2000 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2002 Master of Science, Organizational Management, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2002 Weapons Instructor Course, Fairchild AFB, Wash.
2005 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2009 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2014 Brazilian National War College, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2015 Joint Professional Military Education II, Norfolk, Va.
2020 United Kingdom Higher Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, U.K.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. March 1996–November 1997, Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla., and Randolph AFB, Texas
2. November 1997–June 2001, Chief of Scheduling, 22nd Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan.
3. June 2001–June 2002, Air Force Intern, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
4. July 2002–January 2003, Weapons Instructor School, 509th Weapons Squadron, Fairchild AFB, Wash.
5. February 2003–February 2006, Executive Officer, 18th Operations Group, Kadena Air Base, Japan
6. March 2006–November 2008, Weapons and Tactics Flight Commander 22nd Air Refueling Wing, McConnell AFB, Kan.
7. December 2008–April 2011, Japan Country Director, Northeast Asia Division, Joint Staff J5 Strategic Plans and Programs Directorate, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
8. April 2011–May 2013, Commander, 6th Operations Support Squadron, MacDill AFB, Fla.
9. May 2013–December 2013, Student, Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, Calif.
10. December 2013–December 2014, Student, Brazilian National War College, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
11. December 2014–May 2015, Special Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
12. June 2015–July 2017, Commander, 621st Contingency Response Group, JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
13. July 2017–February 2018, Chief, Special Access Programs Division, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
14. February 2018–March 2019, Commander, 375th Air Mobility Wing, Scott AFB, Ill.
15. March 2019–May 2020, Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
16. May 2020–present, Commander, Jeanne M. Holm Center, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. December 2008–April 2011, Japan Country Director, Northeast Asia Division and Executive Assistant to the Director, Joint Staff J5 Strategic Plans and Programs Directorate, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a major and a lieutenant colonel

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Master Navigator
Flight hours: over 1,900
Aircraft Flown: T-43, T-34C, and KC-135R/T

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Combat Support Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
Airlift and Tanker Association Young Leadership Award

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant March 15, 1996
First Lieutenant March 15, 1998
Captain March 15, 2000
Major March 1, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2010
Colonel Oct. 1, 2014
Brigadier General Frocked

(Current as of May 2020)

Engage

Twitter
Not a bad way to cool off in the summer. The 815th Airlift Squadron's Reserve #Airmen visited Alaska to airlift o… https://t.co/DElqEx4JwJ
Twitter
RT @USAFRecruiting: Built different 😤 These @airforcespecwar exercises will put your strength to the test and show you what muscles these…
Twitter
Another Air Force week complete, and we've got it in photos! View the rest here: https://t.co/OkjRFKvDjz https://t.co/HXcWkJN35U
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: On behalf of our #Airmen and families, congrats and welcome to Ms. Jones, our new Under Secretary of the @usairforce. #…
Twitter
Jumping into the weekend Tactical Air Control Party Airmen assigned to the 14th Air Support Operations Squadron pe… https://t.co/VLRxCb90mw
Twitter
RT @HQ_AFMC: Getting ready for the big leap into civilian life? #Airmen preparing to separate from active duty service can take steps towar…
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: Acting Secretary Roth on the confirmation of Gina Ortiz Jones to serve as the Under Secretary of the Air Force. ⬇️ https…
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: Confirmed yesterday by the Senate, Gina Ortiz Jones will be the next Under Secretary of the Air Force! Read more ⬇️ @US
Twitter
The Senate unanimously confirmed Gina Ortiz Jones to be Under Secretary of the Air Force, clearing the way for the… https://t.co/Q8SFw2fq45
Twitter
Hundreds of Airmen participated alongside @USArmy Soldiers in the inaugural Pacific Warriorz 2021 Joint and Total… https://t.co/fAPp4UGjmW
Twitter
RT @US_EUCOM: #JF21-2 is designed to test simulated emergency response procedures, ballistic missile defense & crisis response assistance i…
Twitter
RT @HQ_AFMC: Thanks to the conservation upgrades, Keesler AFB expects an annual savings of 113,840 million British Thermal Units, a 15.8 p…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: .@Spangdahlem_AB was the first wing in @HQUSAFEAFAF capable of Agile Combat Employment. Being agile & persistent is a m…
Twitter
After catastrophic flooding in Germany & Belgium, @Spangdahlem_AB volunteers provide relief. “80% of people on Sp… https://t.co/6roLIRoFT0
Twitter
RT @Southcom: Supporting our partners in #Suriname: A @usairforce C-17 from @TeamCharleston delivered a field hospital to Suriname July 1…
Twitter
Congratulatons! 🎓 https://t.co/dzK8o0E9rK
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: On the latest edition of the Air Force Starts Here Podcast, we discuss the modernization of the @usairforce Career Developm…
Twitter
F-16s from the 555th Fighter Squadron fire munitions at the Graf Ignatievo Air Base range during Thracian Star 21 i… https://t.co/aYEY5PoEWD
Twitter
The #AirForce Civil Engineer Center, in partnership with the USAF Installation Contracting Center, has streamlined… https://t.co/8iFGwfrYHR
Twitter
A-10 Thunderbolt II's auxiliary power unit insulation is on the path of modernization as the Ogden Air Logistics Ce… https://t.co/3vWCDmV8Sf
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,354,148
Follow Us