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MAJOR GENERAL STEPHEN N. WHITING

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Maj. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting is the Commander, 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command; and Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. 

As Commander, 14th Air Force, General Whiting leads more than 16,000 personnel responsible for providing strategic missile warning, nuclear command, control and communication, position, navigation and timing, space situational awareness, satellite operations, space launch and range operations. As Deputy JFSCC, he directs all assigned and attached USSTRATCOM space forces on behalf of the JFSCC, providing tailored, responsive and synchronized theater and global space effects in support of national security and combatant commander objectives.  He is also responsible for protecting and defending critical U.S. and allied space capabilities.

General Whiting is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a space operations officer, and has commanded the 13th Space Warning Squadron, Clear Air Force Station, Alaska; the 614th Air and Space Operations Center/Joint Space Operations Center, Vandenberg AFB and the 21st Space Wing, Peterson AFB, Colorado.

The general’s staff assignments include positions at Headquarters, United States Air Force; United States Space Command; United States Strategic Command; the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group; the Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense; and Headquarters, Air Force Space Command.   

EDUCATION

1989 Distinguished Graduate, Bachelors of Science degree in aeronautical engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. 
1990 Top graduate and Distinguished Graduate, Undergraduate Space Training, Undergraduate Space Training, Lowry AFB, Colo. 
1993 Distinguished graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 
1997 Master of Arts degree in Administrative Sciences (Organizational Management), George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2001 Top Graduate (tied) and Distinguished Graduate, Master of Arts degree in Military Operational Arts and Sciences, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 
2002 Master of Arts in Airpower Strategy, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 
2008 Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.

2017 Senior Executives in National and International Security, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 1989 - November 1990, Student, 14th Student Squadron, Columbus AFB, Miss. 
2. November 1990 - November 1993, Crew Commander, Deputy Chief of Training, and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 6th Space Warning Squadron, Cape Cod AFS, Mass. 
3. November 1993 - December 1994, Radar Systems Officer, 21st Operations Support Squadron, Peterson AFB, Colo. 
4. December 1994 - July 1995, Executive Officer, 21st Operations Group, Peterson AFB, Colo. 
5. August 1995 - May 1997, Air Force Intern, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 
6. August 1997 - June 1999, UHF F/O Satellite Vehicle Operator, Crew Commander, and Operations Flight Commander, 3rd Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB, Colo. 
7. June 1999 - July 2000, Operations Officer, 22nd Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB, Colo. 
8. August 2000 - June 2001, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 
9. July 2001 - June 2002, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 
10. July 2002 - June 2003, Regional Policy Officer, Headquarters U.S. Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command West, Peterson AFB, Colo. 
11. June 2003 - June 2004, Special Assistant to the Commander, Headquarters U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb. 
12. July 2004 - July 2005, Commander, 13th Space Warning Squadron, Clear AFS, Alaska 
13. July 2005 - May 2006, Air Force Fellow, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, Calif. 
14. June 2006 - June 2008, Commander, 614th Air and Space Operations Center and Director, Joint Space Operations Center, Vandenberg AFB, Calif. 
15. September 2008 - August 2009, Chief of Staff U.S. Air Force Fellow, with duty at the Chief of Naval Operations' Strategic Studies Group, Newport, R.I. 
16. August 2009 - June 2011, Commander, 21st Space Wing, Peterson AFB, Colo.
17. July 2011 - July 2013, Military Assistant and Acting Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
18. July 2013 - July 2015, Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis AFB, Nev.
19. July 2015 - October 2015, Space Enterprise Vision Team Lead, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
20. November 2015 - August 2017, Director of Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.

21. August 2017 - November 2017, Joint Force Space Component Command Integration Team Lead, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
22. December 2017 - present, Commander, 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command, and Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 2002 - June 2003, Regional Policy Officer, Headquarters U.S. Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command West, Peterson AFB, Colo., as a lieutenant colonel
2. June 2003 - June 2004, Special Assistant to the Commander, Headquarters U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb., as a lieutenant colonel
3. June 2006 - June 2008, Director, Joint Space Operations Center, Vandenberg AFB, Calif., as a colonel
4. July 2011 - July 2013, Military Assistant and Acting Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C., as a colonel
5. December 2017 - present, Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Vandenberg AFB, Calif., as a major general

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal

DATES OF PROMOTIONS 
Second Lieutenant May 31, 1989 
First Lieutenant May 31, 1991 
Captain May 31, 1993
Major July 1, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2002 
Colonel March 1, 2006
Brigadier General July 8, 2013
Major General May 2, 2017

(Current as of December 2017)

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