James A. Dunn is the Deputy Director, Requirements, Directorate of Plans, Programs, and Requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. The directorate is responsible for all functions relating to the combat air force’s weapon systems acquisition, modernization, sustainment, and test of over 100 programs, while directing a staff of 16 divisions. The directorate also develops and prioritizes science and technology investment needs, manages technology transition efforts, and collaborates with industry, academia, major commands, and other government agencies to focus technology investment on satisfying top weapons system requirements.
Mr. Dunn graduated from the University of South Carolina and entered the Air Force through Officer Training School where he earned his commission Nov. 7, 1981. He is a master navigator with more than 4,600 flying hours in the B-52, and has been assigned to numerous operational, command and staff positions. He commanded the 40th Expeditionary Operations Group, was Deputy Commander of the 2nd Operations Group, and Commander of the 2nd Operations Support Squadron. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and served as an instructor and operations officer for the school's B-52 division. He served on the U.S. Strategic Command staff, culminating as Chief, Aircraft Plans, in the Plans and Policy Directorate. He also served in the Air Combat Command staff as the Chief, Flight Operations Division, Commander Air Combat Command/Training Support Squadron, Director of Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration and the Associate Director for Operations prior to assuming his present position. He is a graduate from the Air Command and Staff College, Joint Staff College and Air War College.
1981 Bachelor of Arts degree, University of South Carolina, Columbia
1985 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1991 Master of Aviation Science, Embry Riddle
1996 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1996 Joint Staff College, Norfolk Naval Station, Va.
1999 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2000 Master of Strategic Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
November 1981 - May 1991, various assignments as B-52 Navigator
May 1991 - June 1995, Instructor Radar Navigator, Operations Officer, Detachment 1, U.S. Air Force Weapon School, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
July 1995 - June 1996, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
June 1996 - July 1999, Chief, Aircraft Plans, J523, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
July 1999 - June 2000, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
June 2000 - April 2002, Commander, 2nd Operations Support Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La.
April 2002 - June 2004, Deputy Commander, 2nd Operations Group, Barksdale AFB, La.
June 2004 - July 2006, Chief, Flight Operations Division, Headquarters ACC, Langley AFB, Va.
July 2006 - June 2008, Commander, Training Support Squadron, Headquarters ACC, Langley AFB, Va.
July 2008 - August 2012, Director, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters ACC, Langley AFB, Va.
August 2012 - October 2014, Associate Director of Operations, Headquarters ACC, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
October 2014 - present, Deputy Director, Requirements, Directorate of Plans, Programs, and Requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal, government of Kuwait
(Current as of December 2014)