Brig. Gen. Charles S. Corcoran is the Director of Operations, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. General Corcoran oversees a headquarters staff and the 603rd Air Operations Center providing integrated air and missile defense, aeromedical evacuation, space and cyberspace operations, aerial refueling, weather, combat aerial delivery, operational support airlift and distinguished visitor airlift, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and precision strike in the European and African Commands.
General Corcoran graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1992. He commanded operational flying units at the squadron, group and wing levels, and is a command pilot with more than 3,100 hours in seven different aircraft. Prior to his current position, General Corcoran served as Deputy Chief of Staff Operations at NATO’s Headquarters Allied Air Command, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
1992 Bachelor of Science, History, U.S Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1997 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2003 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2003 Masters of Business Administration, Touro University, Cypress, Calif.
2006 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2011 Masters of National Security Studies, National War College, Fort McNair, Va.
1. June 1992 – February 1994, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus Air Force Base, Miss./Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
2. March 1994 – September 1994, Student, F-15C Training, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
3. October 1994 – December 1999, Chief of Standard and Evaluations, Weapons Officer, Scheduler, 19th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
4. January 2000 – June 2000, Student, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
5. June 2000 – October 2002, Chief of Weapons and Tactics, Flight Commander, 390th FS, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
6. November 2002 – September 2004, Chief of Safety and Training, F-22 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation Pilot, Edwards AFB, Calif.
7. October 2004 – March 2006, Chief of F-22 Wing Weapons and Tactics, 27th FS Assistant Director of Operations, Langley AFB, Va.
8. March 2006 – June 2007, Chief of Operations, Secretary of the Air Force/Chief of Staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group, Headquarters U.S Air Force, Arlington, Va.
9. July 2007 – July 2009, Commander, 525th FS, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Ala.
10. July 2009 – July 2010, Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S Air Force, Arlington, Va.
11. August 2010 – June 2011, Student, National War College, Fort McNair, Va.
12. July 2011 – June 2013, Commander, 325th Operational Group, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
13. June 2013 – August 2014, Chief of Staff to the Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar
14. August 2014 – June 2016, Commander, 3rd Wing, JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Ala.
15. June 2016 – July 2017, Commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia
16. August 2017 – August 2018, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Headquarters Allied Air Command, Ramstein AB, Germany
17. August 2018 – present, Director of Operations, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters U.S Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2013 – August 2014, Chief of Staff to the Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, as a colonel
2. August 2017 – August 2018, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Headquarters Allied Air Command, Ramstein AB, Germany, as a brigadier general
Rating: command Pilot
Flight hours: more than 3,100
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, F-15A/B/C/D, and F-22
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 27, 1992
First Lieutenant May 27, 1994
Captain May 27, 1996
Major Nov. 1, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel Dec.1, 2006
Colonel Oct. 1, 2010
Brigadier General Aug. 8, 2016
(Current as of August 2018)