Lt. Gen. Carl E. Schaefer is Deputy Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The command employs some 89,000 people and manages $60 billion of budget authority annually. He oversees activities in six different centers, responsible for installation and mission support, discovery and development, test and evaluation, life cycle management services and sustainment of virtually every major Air Force weapon system, to include the entire scope of nuclear weapons sustainment.
As Deputy Commander, Lt. Gen. Schaefer is responsible for the evolution of aerospace systems from conceptual phase through production and introduction into the operating inventory. His duties include directing policy and procedures affecting AFMC aircraft logistics, product acquisition and sustainment, technology research and development, as well as system test and evaluation to meet known and anticipated operational requirements. He also manages worldwide logistics support to U.S. Air Force operating commands, as well as foreign, Security Assistance Program air forces. Finally, he supports the commander by ensuring Air Force guidance for installation and mission support functions for 10 major commands, two direct reporting units and 77 installations around the world.
Lt. Gen. Schaefer was commissioned in 1990 as a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served in a variety of flying and staff assignments to include command at the squadron, group and wing levels. Lt. Gen. Schaefer is a U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School graduate and a command pilot with more than 3,100 flying hours in more than 40 aircraft types. He has flown combat missions in support of operations Deny Flight and Allied Force. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Commander of the 412th Test Wing, Edwards AFB, California.
1990 Bachelor of Science, Engineering Sciences, distinguished graduate, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1997 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2000 U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
2004 Master of Science, Systems Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2004 Air Command and Staff College Seminar, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2010 Master of Arts, Strategic Studies, graduate with distinction, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
1. May 1990–September 1991, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Williams Air Force Base, Ariz.
2. September 1991–February 1995, T-38 Instructor/Check Pilot, Vance AFB, Okla.
3. February 1995–May 1996, 2nd Infantry Division Air Liaison Officer, Camp Casey, South Korea
4. May 1996–December 1996, Student, F-15E, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
5. December 1996–December 1999, F-15E Instructor Pilot, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom
6. December 1999–February 2001, Student, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
7. February 2001–July 2003, F-15/T-38 Instructor/Evaluator Test Pilot, Edwards AFB, Calif.
8. July 2003–September 2004, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
9. September 2004–June 2006, F-22/F-15 Program Element Monitor, SAF/AQ, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
10. June 2006–July 2008, Commander, 445th Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, Calif.
11. July 2008–July 2009, Deputy Commander, 412th Operations Group, Edwards AFB, Calif.
12. July 2009–June 2010, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
13. June 2010–July 2012, Commander, 46th Operations Group, Eglin AFB, Fla.
14. July 2012–February 2014, Wing Commander, data masked
15. February 2014–March 2015, Special Assistant to the SECAF/CSAF for F-35 Integration, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
16. March 2015–July 2018, Commander, 412th Test Wing, Edwards AFB, Calif.
17. July 2018–present, Deputy Commander, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 3,100
Aircraft flown: F-15E, F-16, T-38 and 40 other aircraft types
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
1991 Distinguished graduate, Pilot Instructor Training
1996 Distinguished graduate, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals
1996 Distinguished graduate, F-15E fighter training
2010 Lt. Gen. John Nowak Award, Air War College
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 30, 1990
First Lieutenant May 30, 1992
Captain May 30, 1994
Major June 1, 2001
Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 2006
Colonel Oct. 1, 2010
Brigadier General Oct. 1, 2015
Major General Oct. 19, 2018
Lieutenant General Jul 21, 2020
(Current as of July 2023)