Lt. Gen. Steven L. Basham is the Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. As the air component to U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command, USAFE-AFAFRICA is responsible for providing full-spectrum warfighting capabilities to both combatant commanders throughout their area of responsibility, which encompasses 104 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, and possesses more than a quarter of the world’s population and world’s gross domestic product.
Lt. Gen. Basham was commissioned in 1989 through Officer Training School. He has completed numerous flying, staff and command assignments and is a command pilot with more than 3,400 flying hours in the B-1, B-2 and B-52. Prior to his current assignment, the general was the Director, Legislative Liaison, Office of Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia.
1987 Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering Technology, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
1996 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1997 Master of Arts, Management, Webster University, Webster Groves, Mo.
2001 Master of Arts, Strategic Studies, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2002 Master of Arts, Airpower Art and Science, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2007 Master of Arts, Strategic Studies, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
2009 U.S. Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2011 Senior Manager Course, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2012 Seminar for Executives on Legislative Operations, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
2014 Combined Force Air Component Commander Course (CFACC), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2015 Senior Joint Information Operations Applications Course (SJIOAC), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2015 Combined/Joint Force Land Component Commander Course (CFLCC), Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
2017 Senior Executives in National and International Security (SENIS) Course, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Mass.
1. February 1989 - February 1990, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas
2. March 1990 - July 1990, Student, B-1 Combat Crew Training Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
3. August 1990 - April 1994, B-1 Pilot, Aircraft Commander, T-38 pilot, 46th Bomb Squadron, Grand Forks AFB, N.D.
4. April 1994 - April 1995, B-1 Instructor Pilot, 34th BS, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
5. April 1995 - August 1998, B-2 Pilot, Mission Commander, Instructor Pilot, Evaluator Pilot, Chief of Scheduling, Chief of Standards and Evaluations, 393rd BS, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
6. August 1998 - June 1999, Flight Commander, 394th Combat Training Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
7. June 1999 - June 2000, Executive Officer, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
8. June 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 - May 2004, Director of Operations, 325th BS, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
11. June 2004 - April 2006, Commander, 393rd BS, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
12. April 2006 - June 2006, Director of Staff, 509th BW, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
13. June 2006 - June 2007, Student, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
14. June 2007 - July 2008, Chief, Combat Plans Division, 607th Air Operations Center, Osan Air Base, South Korea
15. July 2008 - March 2009, Vice Commander, 5th BW, Minot AFB, N.D.
16. March 2009 - July 2010, Commander, 2nd BW, Barksdale AFB, La.
17. July 2010 - June 2012, Assistant Deputy Director for Command, Control and Nuclear Operations (J-36), the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
18. June 2012 - May 2013, Chief, House Liaison Office, Office of Legislative Liaison, Washington, D.C.
19. May 2013 - June 2015, Director of Strategy, Plans and Programs, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
20. June 2015 - July 2016, Deputy Director of Requirements (J-8), the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
21. July 2016 – April 2019, Director, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
22. May 2019 - present, Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, Ramstein AB, Germany
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 2010 - June 2012, Assistant Deputy Director for Command, Control and Nuclear Operations (J-36), the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a colonel
2. June 2015 - July 2016, Deputy Director for Requirements, (J-8) the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a brigadier general
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 3,400
Aircraft flown: B-1, B-2, B-52, T-38, T-37
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with N device and four oak leaf clusters
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Jan. 27, 1989
First Lieutenant Jan. 27, 1991
Captain Jan. 27, 1993
Major July 1, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2002
Colonel Aug. 1, 2007
Brigadier General Aug. 2, 2013
Major General July 3, 2017
Lieutenant General May 1, 2019
(Current as of June 2019)