George R. Gagnon, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, International Training and Education, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, TX. He coordinates on, implements, and executes Department of Defense and Air Force international training and education policies and programs. He provides functional oversight of Active, Guard, and Reserve organizations that provide flight and technical training, professional military education, and advanced academic degrees to 15,000 international students annually from over 142 countries. Mr. Gagnon advocates for the budgetary and manning requirements of these organizations, exercising executive-level management of a training and education programs budget of $570 million and military sales contracts with an open value of more than $10 billion. He is the principal advisor to the Commander, Air Education and Training Command on issues associated with security assistance, security cooperation, and building partnerships. He also advises the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs on case development, program management, and the execution of international training and education issues.
Mr. Gagnon retired as a Colonel from the USAF as a Master Navigator with more than 2,600 flying hours, including 400 combat hours. Mr. Gagnon served on the Air Staff, Joint Staff, EUCOM Staff, and OSD Staff as Policy and Issues Analyst for the Secretary of the Air Force, Special Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Gagnon served as Executive Director, Air Force Security Assistance Training, HQ Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.
1980 Bachelor of Arts degree, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
1985 Master of Arts degree, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
1993 Master of Arts and Science, School of Advanced Aerospace Studies, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
1997 National Security Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1997 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA
2005 Leadership for a Democratic Society, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, VA
2012 Vanguard Executive Leadership, Washington, D.C.
2012 AFSO-21, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
2012 Senior Officer Security Seminar, Richmond, VA
2015 OPM Leadership 360 Assessment and Executive Coaching Program
1. 1983 – 1987 B-52 Navigator/Radar Navigator, Minot AFB, N.D.
2. 1987 – 1991 Operational Flight Test Navigator, Edwards AFB, Calif.
3. 1991 – 1992 Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Texas
4. 1992 – 1993 Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
5. 1993 – 1995 Policy Analyst, Headquarters U.S. Air Force Directorate of Plans and Programs, “Skunkworks,” Strategy Division, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
6. 1995 – 1996 Policy and Issues Analyst, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
7. 1996 – 1997 National Security Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
8. 1997 – 1999 Commander, 509th Operations Support Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
9. 1999 – 2000 Special Asstistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
10. 2000 – 2002 Special Asst. to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, Mons, Belgium
11. 2002 – 2004 Commander, 2nd Operations Group, Barksdale AFB, La.
12. 2004 – 2005 Vice Commander, 53rd Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.
13. 2005 – 2006 Senior Military Assistant to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
14. 2006 – 2008 Deputy Director, International Training and Education, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
15. 2008 – 2010 Executive Director, Air Force Security Assistance Training, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
16. 2010 – present, Director, International Training and Education, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
MILITARY AWARDS AND HONORS
Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with V device and six oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
CIVILIAN AWARDS AND HONORS
AETC 2014 Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership
AETC 2015 Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership
AETC 2016 Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Air Force Association (life member)
Military Officers Association of America (life member)
American Legion (life member)
Veterans of Foreign Wars (life member)
Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association
Senior Executive Association
2013 Defense Security Cooperation Agency International Affairs Level III
(Current as of May 2016)