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Maj. Gen. David S. Nahom is the Director of Programs, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. He leads a staff of military and civilians in the development, integration, evaluation and analysis of the Air Force Program across the Future Years Defense Plan and maintains the integrity and discipline of the Air Force Corporate Structure process.

General Nahom was commissioned through ROTC at the University of Colorado and is a distinguished graduate of both undergraduate navigator training and Euro-NATO joint jet pilot training. During his Air Force career General Nahom commanded at the squadron, group and wing level and is a command pilot with more than 3,500 hours in the F-22A, F-15A/B/C/D and F-111F.

In addition to his flying and command experience, General Nahom is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the NATO Defense College. He has held headquarters-level assignments at NATO Combined Air Operations Center Six, U.S. Forces Korea, Pacific Air Forces, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and Air Forces Central Command.

1988 Bachelor of Arts, Economics, University of Colorado, Boulder
1993 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2001 Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2001 Master of Military Operational Arts and Science, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2008 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2009 NATO Defense College, Rome

1. November 1988 – August 1989, Student, Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training, Mather Air Force Base, Calif.
2. September 1989 – October 1989, Student, AT-38 Fighter Lead-In Training, 436th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.
3. November 1989 – May 1990, Student, F-111 Replacement Training Unit, 389th TFTS, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
4. June 1990 – February 1993, F-111F Weapons Systems Officer, 492nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom
5. March 1993 – July 1994, Euro NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
6. August 1994 – October 1994, Student, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, Columbus AFB, Miss.
7. November 1994 – June 1995, Student, F-15C Fighter Training Unit, 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
8. July 1995 – February 1998, Aircraft Commander, Flight Lead, Mission Commander, 71st FS, Langley AFB, Va.
9. March 1998 – June 2000, Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Assistant Director of Operations, 95th FS, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
10. June 2000– June 2001, Student, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
11. July 2001 – July 2002, Chief of Fighter Operations, NATO Combined Air Operations Six, Eskisehir, Turkey
12. August 2002 – August 2008, Chief of Wing Training, Chief of Safety, Director of Operations, Squadron Commander, Deputy Commander for Maintenance, 60th FS, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.
13. August 2008 – January 2009, Student/Senior Course Member, NATO Defense College, Rome
14. February 2009 – June 2010, Chief, Training, Readiness, Exercises Division, J37, United States Forces Korea, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Seoul, South Korea
15. June 2010 – July 2012, Commander, 18th Operations Group, Kadena Air Base, Japan
16. July 2012 – March 2013, Executive Officer to Pacific Air Forces Commander, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
17. March 2013 – August 2014, Commander, 3rd Wing, JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
18. August 2014 – August 2015, Director, Regional Affairs, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
19. August 2015 – April 2017, Deputy Director of Plans and Programs, JB Langley-Eustis, Va.
20. May 2017 – May 2018, Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command; Deputy, Combined Force Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, Southwest Asia
21. May 2018 - present, Director of Programs, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.

Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 3,500
Aircraft flown: F-22A, F-15 A-D, AT-38, T-38, T-37 and F-111A/F

Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Second Lieutenant Aug. 13, 1988
First Lieutenant Aug. 13, 1990
Captain Aug. 13, 1992
Major Dec. 1, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel April 1, 2004
Colonel July 1, 2009
Brigadier General Oct. 17, 2014
Major General June 2, 2018

(Current as of April 2019)


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