HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay

BRIGADIER GENERAL CHRISTOPHER A. COFFELT

PRINT | E-MAIL

Brig. Gen. Christopher A. Coffelt is the Deputy Director for Nuclear Operations, Global Operations Directorate, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. As the command's principal flag officer for the employment and commitment of nuclear forces, the general is responsible for the overall USSTRATCOM nuclear mission. He directs the actions and alert status of the Global Operations Center and the Airborne Command Post. As the lead for all USSTRATCOM nuclear matters, the general reports to the Combatant Commander on the command’s physical security and mission assurance programs, and oversees the day-to-day readiness of the nation’s strategic deterrent forces: bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles and ballistic missile submarines.

Brig. Gen. Coffelt received his commission through the ROTC at the University of Colorado in 1989 and entered the active duty Air Force in 1990. He is a career space and missile operations officer and has served in a variety of operations, staff and command assignments including commanding a nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile squadron and wing.

His operational experience includes combat mission ready certification and nuclear alert operations in the Peacekeeper and Minuteman III ICBM weapon systems and spacecraft command and control for communication and missile warning satellites, Inertial Upper Stage booster spacecraft, and Space Shuttle support operations. His headquarters staff assignments include duties on the Secretary of Defense's Bosnia Task Force, the Air Staff, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and USSTRATCOM. Prior to his current assignment, Brig. Gen. Coffelt commanded the Carl A. Spaatz Center for Officer Education and served as the 36th Commandant of the Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

EDUCATION
1989 Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder
1996 Squadron Officer School, distinguished graduate, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1998 Master of Arts, Organizational Management, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2004 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, distinguished graduate, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 Master of Airpower Art and Science, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2008 Senior U.S. Air Force Fellow, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
2010 Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2011 U.S. Air Force Enterprise Leadership Program, Darden School of Business, Charlottesville, Va.
2013 National and International Security Leadership Seminar, Washington, D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. October 1990 - February 1991, Student, Undergraduate Space Training, Lowry Air Force Base, Colo.
2. February 1991 - September 1992, Chief, Space Test Software Engineering Branch and Air Force Test Director, Launch and Vehicle (space shuttle/IUS operations) Directorate, Consolidated Space Test Center, Onizuka AFB, Calif.
3. October 1992 - July 1994, Spacecraft Launch Commander, Mission Commander, Squadron Executive Officer, 5th Space Operations Squadron, Onizuka AFB, Calif.
4. July 1994 - November 1994, Student, Undergraduate Missile Training, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
5. November 1994 - July 1996, Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Combat Crew and Deputy Flight Commander, 400th Missile Squadron and Executive Officer, 90th Operations Group, F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
6. July 1996 - May 1998, Air Force Intern with duty as Political-Military Officer on Bosnia Task Force, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Policy) and Action Officer in Air Force History Support Office, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
7. May 1998 - August 1998, Student, ICBM requalification training, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
8. September 1998 - June 2001, Minuteman III ICBM Missile Combat Crew Member and Senior Flight Commander/Instructor, 12th MS, then Commander, Current Operations Flight (Chief of Wing Combat Crew Training), 341st Operations Support Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
9. July 2001 - July 2003, Space and Missile Force Programmer, Space Superiority Division of the Directorate of Programs, then Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
10. August 2003 - June 2004, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
11. July 2004 - June 2005, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
12. July 2005 - June 2007, Commander, 321st MS, F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
13. July 2007 - July 2008, Senior U.S. Air Force Fellow, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
14. July 2008 - August 2010, Chief, Nuclear Surety Inspections Branch and Chief Inspector, Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection Team, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
15. August 2010 – June 2011, Vice Commander, 91st Missile Wing, Minot AFB, N.D.
16. June 2011 – May 2013, Commander, 90th MW, F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
17. June 2013 – June 2015, Deputy Director for Current Operations (J3O), Global Operations Directorate, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
18. June 2015 – June 2017, Commander, Carl A. Spaatz Center for Officer Education, and 36th Commandant, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
19. June 2017 – present, Deputy Director for Nuclear Operations (J3N), Global Operations Directorate, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 2008 - August 2010, Chief, Nuclear Surety Inspections Branch and Chief Inspector, Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection Team, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., as a colonel
2. June 2013 – June 2015, Deputy Director for Current Operations (J3O), Global Operations Directorate, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb., as a colonel and brigadier general
3. June 2017 – present, Deputy Director for Nuclear Operations (J3N), Global Operations Directorate, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb., as a brigadier general

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with “N” Device and four oak leaf clusters

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 19, 1990
First Lieutenant May 19, 1992
Captain May 19, 1994
Major May 1, 2001
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2005
Colonel Oct. 1, 2008
Brigadier General Sept. 2, 2014

(Current as of May 2019)

Engage

Facebook Twitter
Jetting into the weekend like... #F16 https://t.co/wEWD7vr476
.@AstroHague showing his #USAF pride during the anniversary week of the #Apollo50 landing. @ISS_Researchhttps://t.co/WdgCFDmz6f
'Only two of us were not shot or dying': #USAF #Airman receives Silver Star for heroism in Afghanistan heroism… https://t.co/IdmKq8gtDx
RT @AFResearchLab: Dr. Lisa Rueschhoff was one of 82 engineers chosen to attend @theNAEng 2019 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium! Sh…
RT @ActingSecAF: .@GenDaveGoldfein is bolstering partners & #allies across Europe, discussing how we can be #StrongerTogether in air, #spac
Annual recovery efforts have helped to identify 40 of the 52 service members lost when a C-124 crashed into Mount G… https://t.co/fdHUY2IATf
8 of the surviving #Apollo #Astronauts got together for the 50th anniversary of the #moonlanding. @NASAhttps://t.co/szPJHXupa1
RT @HQUSAFEPA: Gen. Goldfein, during his keynote address at the 2019 Chief of the Air Staff's Air and Space Power Conference said the follo…
.@WrightPattAFB opened a #cyberdefense facility for #USAF Life Cycle Management Center's Fighters & Bombers Directo… https://t.co/QibdORLX2q
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Our asymmetric advantage is represented in this room. It is all of us working together on a common cause. Great to see…
.@AFResearchLab supports @AFThunderbirds w/cutting-edge aerospace #technology. From G-suits, custom earpieces, fly-… https://t.co/HJ07fLg2aP
Operating from rough dirt strips, the #C130 Hercules is capable of transporting & airdropping troops & equipment in… https://t.co/c4vsC76vRX
Tune into @TheWilsonCenter July 18, 2019 at 8:05 a.m. (EDT) to hear #USAirForce Lt. Gen. Bussiere, @USNorthernCmd A… https://t.co/M2LTH8wpx5
.@DMAFB #Airmen traveled more than 1700 miles to save two critically injured Mexican fishermen onboard the Mazatun… https://t.co/tcTnNPC8Zj
RT @KadenaAirBase: #ICYMI: #TeamKadena will be activating a new special operations squadron for the operation and maintenance of the #CV22
#OTDIH, The B-2 Spirit's inaugural test flight happened from Palmdale to @EdwardsAFB, #California. The B-2 Spirit i… https://t.co/bS7ODGlxsP
.@HAFB #Airmen conduct #F35 missions while temporary assigned to @366FW. This is the largest off-station F-35A Li… https://t.co/KlbXq7jBLg
RT @MacDill_AFB: CSM John W. Troxell has our #TotalForce team here at MacDill feeling empowered! 😎💪 Thanks for visiting our service members…
.@NellisAFB plans to roll out shorts for maintenance technicians to wear on the flight line in the scorching Nevada… https://t.co/fcavaNG112
⚡️ “RAF Lakenheath breaks ground on future F-35 infrastructure” by @usairforce https://t.co/wiOjMMONZD