Brig. Gen. Dennis T. Beatty is the Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Operations, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida. As Mobilization Assistant to the Director, General Beatty advises on the implementation and direction of operational command policy for AFSOC’s worldwide special operations units including 16,000 personnel, 212 aircraft and $14.4 billion of assets.
General Beatty was commissioned through Air Force ROTC at the University of Pittsburgh. As an AC-130H Navigator, he was awarded the William H. Tunner Award in 1989 as part of Military Airlift Command's Outstanding Aircrew of the Year for their actions during Operation Just Cause in Panama. General Beatty joined the Air Force Reserve in 2000, flying the C-130H2 with the 95th Airlift Squadron at General Mitchell IAP, Milwaukee, Wisconson, and Pope Air Force Base, N.C. He commanded the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron while deployed in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. General Beatty has also deployed in support of operations Just Cause, Desert Shield, Provide Comfort, and Northern Watch.
During the past 30 years, he has served in various leadership positions at all levels. Prior to this assignment, he was the Mobilization Assistant to the Director, Plans, Programs, Requirements and Assessments, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.
1986 Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management, Robert Morris College, Pittsburgh, Pa.
1993 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1996 Master of Science degree in International Relations, Troy State University, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
2003 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2005 Air Force Reserve Squadron Commander Course, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga.
2006 Air War College, by correspondence
2015 Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2015 AFSO21 Executive Leadership Course, University of Tennessee College of Business, Knoxville
2017 Joint Senior Reserve Component Officers Course, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
1. July 1986 - April 1987, Student, undergraduate navigator training, Mather AFB, Calif.
2. May 1987 - October 1987, Student, C-130 navigator training, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
3. October 1987 - November 1990, AC-130H Navigator, 16th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
4. November 1990 - December 1991, Student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
5. January 1992 - November 1992, Student, C130/HC130 training, Little Rock AFB, Ark., and Kirtland AFB, N.M.
6. December 1992 - February 1999, MC-130P Chief, Standardization and Evaluation, 9th Special Operations Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
7. March 1999 - February 2000, MC-130P Chief, Combat Shadow Branch, 18th Flight Test Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
8. March 2000 - July 2000, MC-130P Instructor Pilot, 5th Special Operations Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
9. July 2000 - October 2005, C-130H2 Assistant Operations Officer, 95th Airlift Squadron, Milwaukee, Wis.
10. November 2005 - January 2008, Commander, 95th Airlift Squadron, Milwaukee, Wis. and Pope AFB, N.C.
11. January 2008 - February 2014, Director of Operations, 618th Tanker Airlift Control Center, 18th Air Force, Scott AFB, Ill.
12. March 2014 - January 2015, Mobilization Assistant to Director, Plans, Programs, Requirements and Assessments, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
13. January 2015 - present, Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Operations, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
Military rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: over 5,000, including 325 combat and combat support hours
Aircraft flown: military: T-37, T-38, T-43, C-130E/H2, AC-130H, HC-130P/N, MC-130P
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Combat Action Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor and five oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal with star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal with star
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border
1986 Distinguished graduate, Undergraduate Navigator Training, Mather Air Force Base, Calif.
1989 Member, Military Airlift Command's Outstanding Aircrew of the Year (AC-130 navigator)
1989 William H. Tunner Award as part of actions during Operation Just Cause in Panama
1990 "Academic Ace Award," Undergraduate Pilot Training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 22, 1986
First Lieutenant June 22, 1988
Captain June 22, 1990
Major March 1, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 4 2003
Colonel Nov. 4, 2007
Brigadier General March 26, 2015
(Current as of March 2017)