Maj. 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 received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1992. He has served in a variety of positions at the squadron, group and wing level; including Instructor Pilot, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, Squadron Weapons Officer, F-22 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation Pilot, Chief of Wing Weapons and Tactics and Assistant Director of Operations. His staff assignments include Chief of Staff for the Commander, Air Forces Central Command, Chief of Operations, Secretary of the Air Force/Chief of Staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group, Executive Assistant to the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at NATO’s Headquarters Allied Air Command. General Corcoran is a Distinguished Graduate of Undergraduate Pilot Training, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, F-15C Training, Squadron Officer's School and the U.S. Air Force Weapons School.
General Corcoran has commanded the 525th Fighter Squadron, the 325th Operations Group, the 3rd Wing and the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing. He is a Command Pilot with more than 3,100 flying hours, primarily in the F-22 and F-15A-D.
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., by correspondence.
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 Lesley J. 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 Pilot, F-15C Training, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
3. October 1994 - December 1999, Chief of Standards 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, Alaska
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 Lesley J. McNair, Va.
12. July 2011 - June 2013, Commander, 325th Operations 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, Alaska
15. June 2016 - July 2017, Commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Dhafra AB, United Arab Emirates
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 and Air Forces Africa, Ramstein AB, Germany
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2013 - June 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, NATO HQ Allied Air Command, Ramstein AB, Germany, as a brigadier general
Rating: command pilot
Flying 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
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
1990 Paper of the year, Air Force Historical Foundation
1993 Orville Wright Achievement Award, U.S. Air Force Top Undergraduate Pilot Training Graduate
1994 Air Education Training Command Commander's Trophy - Top Graduate, Undergraduate Pilot Training
1994 Flying Training Award, Undergraduate Pilot Training
Distinguished Graduate, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals
Distinguished Graduate, F-15C Training Class 94 EBT
1995 Member of U.S. Air Force Champion Gunsmoke Team (PACAF)
1997 Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer's School
1997 #1 Squadron Graduate, Squadron Officer's School
1997 Most Outstanding Contributor, Squadron Officer's School
2000 Outstanding Graduate, U.S. Air Force Weapons School Class
2000 390 FS Warrior of the Year, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
2001 390 FS Warrior of the Year, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
2005 IP of the Year, Langley AFB, Va
2005 ACC nominee for Jabara Award
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
Major General May 3, 2019
(Current as of May 2019)