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Douglas Sanders, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy General Counsel for Fiscal, Ethics & Administrative Law for the Department of the Air Force.  He advises the Secretary of the Air Force, Assistant Secretaries, Air Staff, and General Counsel on matters within his division’s portfolio.

The talented lawyers and support staff in his division are responsible for providing legal advice on fiscal, budgeting, appropriations and authorizations, ethics rules and standards of conduct, administrative organization and delegation of authorities, and civilian personnel law and policy.  He is on the Air Force Board, advises the Executive Resources Board and serves as the agency’s Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Official.

Mr. Sanders previously served as the Deputy General Counsel for Installations, Energy & Environment.  Prior to his appointment to the Senior Executive Service, he held a variety of public service positions mostly focused on litigating environmental and real property issues and strategic planning for a world-wide legal enterprise.  He is admitted to practice law in California and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Sanders also contributes his time to the Air Force by sitting as a Panel Member on the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records.  The Board adjudicates claims by current or former service members to correct errors or injustices in their official records.


1991 Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.
1994 Juris Doctor, cum laude, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, Calif.
2004 Squadron Officer School, Air University, by correspondence

1994 – 1995 Deputy District Attorney, Riverside County, Calif.
1995 – 1997 Associate, Ault, Deprey, Jones & Gorman, San Diego, Calif.
1997 – 2000 Assistant Staff Judge Advocate (Captain), Peterson AFB, Colo.
2000 – 2004 Associate, Schlecht, Shevlin & Shoenberger, Palm Springs, Calif.
2004 – 2008 Attorney/Chief, Environmental Litigation Branch, AFLOA, Arlington, Va.
2008 – 2011 Chief, Environmental Litigation Center, AFLOA, Arlington, Va.
2011 – 2015 Associate Director, Civil Law & Litigation, AFLOA, Andrews AFB, Md.
2015 – 2016 Deputy General Counsel, Installations, Energy, and Environment, Washington, D.C.
2016 present Deputy General Counsel, Fiscal, Ethics, and Administrative Law, Washington, D.C.

2005 Air Force General Counsel’s Award
2005 Air Force Legal Operations Agency, Civilian Attorney of the Year Award
2008 Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section, Commendation Award
2009 Department of the Air Force, Outstanding Civilian Attorney of the Year (Wrightson Award)
2015 Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award

(Current as of February 2017)


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