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BRIGADIER GENERAL DEREK J. O’MALLEY

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Brig. Gen. Derek “Maestro” O’Malley is the Senior U.S. military officer in Canada and serves as Deputy Commander, Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Region, and Deputy Joint Force Air Component Commander for 1 Canadian Air Division, Winnipeg, Manitoba. He assumes command of coalition forces assigned to Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command Region in the Canadian commander's absence. Brig. Gen. O’Malley leads force employment of airpower, while ensuring the region's battle staff, air operations center, flying units, radar sensors, intelligence and joint, all-domain command-and-control assets provide joint air, space and maritime warning and control.

Brig. Gen. O’Malley received his commission as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program from Brigham Young University, Utah, in 1996. He has accumulated more than 3,000 flight hours in operational flying assignments in the F-16, F-35A and A-10C. He is a distinguished graduate and former instructor at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, and was also in the initial cadre for the F-35A Lightning II. Brig. Gen. O’Malley has held leadership positions at the squadron, group and wing levels, and has commanded two fighter wings. Prior to his current position, he commanded the U.S. Air Force’s sole combat wing in Afghanistan, where he led the full retrograde of U.S. military forces, culminating the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing’s 19 years of combat operations. He has deployed in support of operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Resolute Support and Freedom’s Sentinel.

EDUCATION
1996 Bachelor of Arts, Communications, Brigham Young University, Utah
2002 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2004 Distinguished Graduate, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2005 Master’s degree, Business Administration, Trident University, distance learning program
2005 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB., Ala., by correspondence
2009 Distinguished Graduate, Master of Science, Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflicts, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
2013 Air War College, by correspondence
2015 Distinguished Graduate, Master of Science, Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, Pa.

ASSIGNMENTS
October 1996–May 1997, Executive Officer, 71st Operations Group, Vance Air Force Base, Okla.
May 1997–September 1998, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, Okla.
September 1998–August 1999, Student, F-16 Initial Qualification Training, 308th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
August 1999–July 2001, Assistant Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 389th FS, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
July 2001–January 2003, F-16 Flight Examiner, Flight Commander, 22nd FS Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany
January 2003–July 2004, Student, U.S. Air Force Weapons Instructor Course, 16th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
July 2004–August 2005, Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 35th FS, Kunsan AB, South Korea
August 2005–June 2008, F-16 Instructor, Assistant Director of Operations, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, 16th Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
June 2008–October 2009, Student, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
October 2009–July 2011, Deputy Operations Group Commander, 33rd Operations Group, Eglin AFB, Fla.
July 2011–June 2012 Director of Operations, 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
June 2012–June 2014, Commander, 59th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
June 2014–June 2015, Student, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pa.
June 2015–June 2017, Senior Military Advisor for Air Warfare Systems, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
June 2017–June 2018, Vice Commander, 388th Fighter Wing, Hill AFB, Utah
June 2018–June 2020, Commander, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB, S.C.
June 2020–June 2021, Commander, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing / Task Force Vulture, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
June 2021–present, Deputy Commander, Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Region, and Deputy Joint Forces Air Component Commander, 1 Canadian Air Division, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
June 2015–June 2017, Senior Military Advisor for Air Warfare Systems, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Director of Operational Test & Evaluation, Pentagon, Va.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 3,000 including 586 combat hours
Aircraft flown: T-41, T-3, T-37, T-38, C-130J, F-35A, F-16C and A-10C

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster and “C” device
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor device
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters and “C” device
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Combat Action Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant August 1996
First Lieutenant August 1998
Captain August 2000
Major August 2006
Lieutenant Colonel December 2010
Colonel May 2016
Brigadier General June 2020

(Current as of May 2021)

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