Maj. Gen. Samuel "Bo" Mahaney is the Reserve Deputy Director, Operations, Strategic Deterrence & Nuclear Integration, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. In order to compete, deter, and win in every domain, he optimizes prioritizes, and prepares the Air Mobility Command staff to rapidly accelerate the battle rhythm, information flow, and mission critical Air Force forces processes to achieve mobility objectives faster than the speed of war in any contested environment. His efforts enable the AMC commander to provide rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces as well as provide humanitarian support at home and around the world. The men and women of AMC - active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilians - provide airlift, aerial refueling, special air mission, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support.
Maj. Gen. Mahaney was commissioned in July 1985 as a graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has served as a B-52 electronic warfare officer, KC-10 aircraft commander, C-5 pilot, C-9A evaluator pilot, group and wing commander and has been qualified in the C-17 and KC-135. He is currently qualified as a C-40 pilot. He is a command pilot with more than 5,100 flying hours. In addition, he has been a Harvard National Security Fellow, Georgetown Legislative Fellow, and legislative liaison. The general is also a licensed attorney.
1985 Bachelor of Arts degree in history, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Mo.
1986 U.S. Air Force Navigator Training, Air Training Command, Mather AFB, Calif.
1986 U.S. Air Force Electronic Warfare School, Air Training Command, Castle AFB, Calif.
1988 Master of Public Administration, Troy University, Troy, Ala.
1991 U.S. Air Force Pilot Training, Air Training Command, Williams AFB, Ariz.
1992 U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2000 Juris Doctor, St. Louis University, Mo.
2004 Capitol Hill Fellowship, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
2004 Air Command and Staff College, Air University, by correspondence
2006 Air War College, Air University, by correspondence
2008 National Security Fellowship, Harvard University, Mass.
2010, Honorary Professional Degree, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Education, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2014 NATO School, Oberammergau, Germany
2014 Capstone Military Leadership Program, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1. January 1986 - December 1986, U.S. Air Force Navigator/Electronic Warfare Training, Mather AFB, Calif.
2. January 1987 - June 1987, B-52G Combat Crew Training Initial Qualification Training, Castle AFB, Calif.
3. June 1987 - March 1990, B-52G Electronic Warfare Officer/Safety Officer, Eaker AFB, Ark.
4. March 1990 - March 1991, U.S. Air Force Pilot Training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
5. March 1991 - October 1994, KC-10 Aircraft Commander, Tactics Officer, 344th Refueling Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
6. October 1994 - April 1997, 11th Airlift Squadron Standardization/Evaluation, Chief of Training, Scott AFB, Ill.
7. April 1997 - October 1997, 375th Operations Group Standardization/Evaluation, Chief, Scott AFB, Ill.
8. October 1997 - August 2003, Operations Officer (GS-14), Evaluator Pilot, Instructor Pilot, 73rd Airlift Squadron, Scott AFB, Ill.
9. December 2003 - January 2005, Legislative Fellow of the Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Committee for Defense, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
10. January 2005 - July 2006, Deputy Chief, Strategy and Congressional Engagement Division, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
11. July 2006 - July 2007, Congressional Engagement Program Manager, Directorate for Reserve Policy Integration, Office of the Air Force Reserve, Air Force Headquarters, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
12. July 2007 - July 2008, National Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
13. July 2008 - June 2010, Chief of Unified Budget and Legislation Process for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs and Assistant Director of Manpower Requirements and Programs, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
14. January 2009 - September 2010, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
15. September 2010 - October 2011, Commander, 439th Operations Group, Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass.
16. October 2011 - July 2012, Commander, 459th Air Refueling Wing, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
17. July 2012 - November 2013, Commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March ARB, Calif.
18. November 2013 - March 2016, Commander, Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center, Buckley AFB, Colo.
19. Nov 2017-March 2018, Director of Mobility forces, Air Force Central Command, Al Udeid AB, Qatar
20. April 2016 – July 2018, Deputy Director, Director of Operations, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
21. August 2018 – present, Reserve Deputy Director, Operations, Strategic Deterrence & Nuclear Integration, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 5,150
Aircraft flown: B-52, T-37, T-38, KC-10, C-9, C-5, KC-135 and C-17
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass and "M" Device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with bronze star
Air Force Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait
Illinois State Bar
Harvard Veterans Alumni Association
Air Force Association
Reserve Officers Association
Order of the Daedalians
Veterans of Foreign Wars
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant, Oct. 16, 1985
First Lieutenant, Oct. 16, 1987
Captain, Oct. 16, 1989
Major, Oct. 1, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel, Sept. 4, 2003
Colonel, July 2, 2007
Brigadier General, Dec. 20, 2013
Major General, April 11, 2018
(Current as of September 2018)