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BRIGADIER GENERAL TIMOTHY J. CATHCART

Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Cathcart is a Special Assistant to the Director, Air National Guard, and is assigned to the Total Force-Continuum (TF-C) office, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.  On behalf of the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the Total Force-Continuum Office works to identify the appropriate balance of active and reserve components across missions and platforms; and to reduce legal, organizational, policy, and cultural barriers to a more fully integrated Air Force.

 

General Cathcart enlisted in the Alaska Air National Guard in 1985, and received his commission in 1990 through the Academy of Military Science.  Upon completion of navigator training, he returned to the Alaska Air National Guard as a rescue navigator on the HC-130 aircraft, and has executed more than 75 real-world rescue missions.  General Cathcart has served in a variety of operational, training, command, Air Staff, and joint positions.

 

Prior to his current position, General Cathcart was the commander, I.G. Brown Training and Education Center.  He was responsible for a national-level force development center consisting of a staff and student body from all three Air Force components.  Typically, the center hosts more than 4,000 service members for in-resident Enlisted Professional Military Education and Professional Continuing Education programs, along with tens of thousands more via blended/distance learning programs.  He is a Master Navigator with more than 2,000 hours of flight time.

 

EDUCATION

1990  Associate in Applied Science, Avionics Systems, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

1993  Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with minors in Computer Science and Statistics, University of Alaska, Anchorage

1997  Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

1998  Master of Business Administration, University of Alaska, Anchorage

2000  Master of Science, Computer Science, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

2001  Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

2005  Chief Information Officer and Information Assurance certifications, Information Resources Management College, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

2006  Industrial College of the Armed Forces (War College), Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

2006  Master of Science, National Resource Strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

2008  Doctor of Philosophy degree, Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

2009  Joint Task Force (JTF) Commander Training Course (JCTC), U.S. Northern Command, Colo.

2011  Air National Guard Commanders Development Course, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

2012  Level IV Anti-Terrorism Executive Seminar, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.

2014  General Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Mass.

 

ASSIGNMENTS

1.  August 1990 – May 1992, Student Navigator, Mather AFB, Calif.; Little Rock AFB, Ark.; Kirtland AFB, N.M.

2.  May 1992 – November 1997, Rescue Navigator, 210th Rescue Squadron, Kulis ANGB, Ala.

3.  November 1997 – September 2000, Senior Controller, Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, Fort Richardson, Ala.

4.  October 2000 – October 2002, Mobility Forces Action Officer, Air and Space Operations Directorate, National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C.

5. October 2002 –October 2003, Chief, Mobility Forces Branch, Air and Space Operations Directorate, National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C.

6. October 2003 – July 2005, Chief, Operations Support Branch, Air and Space Operations Directorate, National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C.

7.  July 2005 – June 2006, Student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.

8.  June 2006 – July 2008, National Guard Readiness Adviser, Operations Directorate (J-3), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

9.  July 2008 – March 2011, Chief, Joint Training and Education Division (NGB-J72), Joint Doctrine, Training, and Force Development Directorate, National Guard Bureau Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

10.  March 2011 – July 2011, Deputy Director for Force Development (J7), Domestic Operations and Force Development Directorate (J3/7), National Guard Bureau Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

11.  July 2011 – May 2014, Commander, I.G. Brown Training and Education Center, McGhee Tyson ANGB, Tenn.

12.  May 2014 – present, Special Assistant to the Director, Air National Guard, Washington, D.C.

 

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS

1.  June 2006 – August 2008, National Guard Readiness Adviser, Operations Directorate (J-3), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant colonel

2.  August 2008 – March 2011, Chief, Joint Training and Education Division (NGB-J72), Joint Doctrine, Training, and Force Development Directorate, National Guard Bureau Joint Staff, Washington, D.C, as a colonel

3.  March 2011 – July 2011, Deputy Director for Force Development (J7), Domestic Operations and Force Development Directorate (J3/7), National Guard Bureau Joint Staff, Washington, D.C, as a colonel

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating:  Master navigator

Flight hours:  More than 2,000

Aircraft flown:  C-130E, C-130H, HC-130N, HC-130P

 

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Legion of Merit

Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster

Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with four oak leaf clusters

Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster

National Defense Service Medal with bronze star

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

AF Longevity Service with five oak leaf clusters

Armed Forces Reserve Medal with bronze Hourglass and bronze 'M' device

Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon

Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with bronze star

Air Force Training Ribbon with oak leaf cluster

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant Aug. 2, 1990

First Lieutenant Dec. 6, 1992

Captain Jan. 22, 1995

Major May 21, 1999

Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 2003

Colonel June 19, 2009

Brigadier General May 25, 2014

(Current as of September 2014)