Maj. Gen. Jennifer M. Short 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, Space Force, and Congress on all programs, air and space weapons systems and issues such as legislative and constituent inquiries. Maj. Gen. Short collaborates directly with the House of Representatives and Senate to ensure full authorization of the Air Force’s annual budget. Maj. Gen. Short also prepares the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Chief of Space Operations and other senior Air Force leaders for engagements and testimony on Capitol Hill.
In 1993, Maj. Gen. Short graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Arizona State University. In 1995, she completed Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, as a distinguished graduate. She has held a variety of positions at the Squadron, Wing, Major Command, Headquarters, and Combatant Command levels.
Maj. Gen. Short is a command pilot with more than 1,800 hours. She has flown more than 430 combat hours in the A-10 in operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Prior to her current assignment, she served as the Deputy Director for Strategic Planning and Policy, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.
1993 Bachelor of Science, Marketing, Arizona State University, Ariz.
2001 Squadron Officer School, Distinguished Graduate, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2007 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2007 Masters of Business Administration, Touro University International, Cypress, Calif.
2012 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. by correspondence
2014 Masters in National Security Studies, National War College, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2019 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2021 Combined Force Maritime Component Commander Course, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
2022 IWF Leadership Fellows Program, INSEAD, France; Harvard Business School, Mass.
2022 Combined Forces Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. March 1995–March 1996, Student, Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
2. March 1996–August 1996, Student, C-130E Formal Training Unit, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
3. August 1996–May 1998, C-130E Navigator, Pope AFB, N.C.
4. June 1998–June 1999, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, Okla.
5. June 1999–October 1999, Student, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, Randolph AFB, Texas
6. October 1999–March 2000, Student, A-10 Formal Training Unit, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
7. May 2000–May 2001, Standardization and Evaluation Liaison Officer, 25th Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea
8. May 2001–November 2004, A/OA-10 IP, Flight Commander, Chief of Scheduling, 354th Fighter Squadron, Davis- Monthan AFB, Ariz.
9. November 2004–July 2005, Chief of Wing Training, A/OA-10 IP, 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
10. August 2005–July 2006, Chief, Congressional Matters, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
11. August 2006–December 2007, Chief, Fighter Programs, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
12. December 2007–December 2009, Aide-de-Camp to the Commander Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
13. January 2010–April 2010, Student, A-10C Formal Training Unit, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
14. April 2010–January 2012, Chief of Wing Safety, A/OA-10C IP, 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
15. January 2012–July 2013, Commander, 358th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
16. July 2013–June 2014, Student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
17. July 2014–May 2016, Director, U.S Central Command Legislative Affairs, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
18. June 2016–June 2017, Vice Commander, 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
19. July 2017–May 2019, Commander, 23rd Wing, Moody AFB, Ga.
20. June 2019–June 2020, Executive Assistant to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
21. June 2020–May 2021, Chief of Staff, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
22. May 2021–June 2023, Deputy Director for Strategic Planning and Policy, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii
23. June 2023–present, Director, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 2014–May 2016, Director, U.S. Central Command Legislative Affairs, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a colonel
2. June 2021–June 2023, Deputy Director for Strategic Planning and Policy, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, as a major general
Rating: command pilot
Hours flown: more than 1,800
Aircraft flown: A/OA-10A, A-10C, HC-130J, HH-60G, T-38 and T-37
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters
Air and Space Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Combat Action Medal
Air Education and Training Command Commander's Trophy
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant March 17, 1995
First Lieutenant March 17, 1997
Captain March 17, 1999
Major June 1, 2005
Lieutenant Colonel February 1, 2010
Colonel October 1, 2014
Brigadier General August 28, 2020
Major General January 2, 2023
(Current as of September 2023)