Brig. Gen. John S. Shapland serves as the Director, Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In this position, he is responsible for shaping the workforce and cyber-secure infrastructure for operations to test, field and sustain agile war-winning capabilities. He is also responsible for the command's flight and test policy, and resource allocation for flight management, airfield services, weather services, and command and control operations and plans.
General Shapland was commissioned in 1989 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served in combat operations throughout the Middle East and Europe, and has held staff assignments in the Multinational Forces-Iraq Headquarters, in the NATO Headquarters, and in US Air Forces Europe. The general commanded Detachment 1 of the 46th Operations Group, the 603rd Air and Space Operations Center, and the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing. He has flown as an Instructor/Evaluator Pilot in the T-38; as a Special Operations Aircraft Commander/Instructor in the MC-130P, AC-130H, and C-130E; and as a Developmental Test Pilot in the C-130J and WC-130J.
1989 Bachelor of Science, Distinguished Graduate, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1993 Masters of Business Administration, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas
1996 Squadron Officers School, Distinguished Graduate, Chief of Staff Trophy, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1997 Masters in Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville
2001 Air Command and Staff College, Distinguished Graduate, Masters of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2002 School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Masters of Airpower Art and Science, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 French Joint-Service War College, Paris, France
2008 Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2011 Leadership Enhancement Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N. Carolina
2012 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2013 Joint Military Attaché School, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington D.C.
2016 Capstone General and Flag Officer Course, Washington D.C.
1. July 1989 - July 1990, Student Pilot, EURO-NATO Pilot Training; Sheppard AFB, Texas
2. August 1990 - July 1993, Instructor Pilot and Check Section Pilot, T-38; Sheppard AFB, Texas
3. August 1993 - July 1994, Evaluator Pilot and FCF Maintenance Pilot; Sheppard AFB, Texas
4. August 1994 - October 1997, MC-130P Aircraft Commander, Executive/Safety Officer; Eglin AFB, Fla.
5. November 1997 - December 1998, Student Test Pilot, Empire Test Pilot School; Salisbury, England
6. January 1999 - June 2000, Experimental Test Pilot, C-130J, WC-130J, T-38C; Edwards AFB, Calif.
7. July 2000 - June 2001, Student, Air Command and Staff College; Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. July 2001 - June 2002, Student, School of Advanced Airpower Studies; Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. July 2002 - January 2004, Commander, Detachment 1, 46th OG (now 413th FLTS); Hurlburt Field, Fla.
10. January 2004 - July 2005, Student, French Joint Service War College, Paris, France
11. August 2005 - August 2006, Chief of Strategy, Plans and Assessment Team 1, MNF-I; Baghdad, Iraq
12. September 2006 - Jul 2007, Defense Policy Advisor to U.S. Ambassador to NATO; Brussels, Belgium
13. July 2007 - March 2009, Military Adviser to Secretary of Defense Rep in Europe; Brussels, Belgium
14. April 2009 - December 2010, Vice Commander, then Commander, 603rd Air and Space Ops Center, Ramstein AB, Germany
15. December 2010 - July 2013, Commander, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, Ramstein AB, Germany
16. September 2013 - September 2015, Defense Attaché and Senior Defense Official, U.S. DAO, Tel Aviv, Israel
17. September 2015 - present, Director, Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations (A3/6), Headquarters AFMC, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. August 2005 - August 2006, Chief of Strategy, Plans and Assessment Team 1; Baghdad, Iraq, as a lieutenant colonel
2. September 2006 - Jul 2007, Policy Advisor to U.S. Ambassador to NATO; Brussels, Belgium, as a colonel
3. July 2007 - March 2009, Military Advisor to Secretary of Defense Representative in Europe; U.S./NATO; Brussels, Belgium, as a colonel
4. September 2013 - September 2015, Defense Attaché and Senior Defense Official, Tel Aviv, Israel, as a brigadier general
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 3,700
Aircraft flown: 52 fixed and rotary-wing types; significant time in C-130J, MC-130P, AC-130H and T-38A
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Unit Meritorious Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Iraq Campaign Medal
National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 31, 1989
First Lieutenant May 31, 1991
Captain May 31, 1993
Major July 1, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2002
Colonel Aug. 1, 2007
Brigadier General Aug. 9, 2013
(Current as of August 2016)