Rowayne A. “Wayne” Schatz, Jr., a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director for Studies, Analyses and Assessments, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. He is responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for leading, carrying out, reviewing and ensuring the analytic integrity of studies, analyses and assessments. He develops Air Force-wide policy, guidance, and analyses that inform Air Force leadership decisions concerning current and future warfighting capabilities.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Schatz was the Associate Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. In this capacity, he was responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for formulating policy supporting air, space, cyberspace, irregular warfare, counter-proliferation, homeland security and weather operations to achieve national security objectives. He also served as the Executive Director of the Department of Defense Policy Board on Federal Aviation.
Mr. Schatz retired from active duty on September 20, 2016, at the rank of major general, U.S. Air Force. He entered civil service in October 2016 and assumed his present position in May 2021. He received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983 and commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels. Mr. Schatz has held staff positions at Air Mobility Command, U.S. Transportation Command, the Joint Staff, Air Force Headquarters, U.S. Special Operations Command and 5th Air Force. He deployed in support of operations Southern Watch, Joint Guard, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
1983 Bachelor of Science, Economics and Operations Research, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1985 Master's degree, Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1990 Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1994 Master's degree Military Arts and Science, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
1994 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2000 Master's degree, Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
September 1983–July 1985, Kennedy Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
August 1985–December 1986, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Williams Air Force Base, Ariz.
January 1987–August 1989, C-130 Pilot, Aircraft Commander and Flight Commander, 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron, Clark Air Base, Philippines
September 1989–December 1990, C-130 Instructor Pilot and Chief of Tactics, 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron, Yokota AB, Japan
January 1991–October 1992, C-130 Flight Examiner Pilot, Chief of Wing Special Operations and Assistant Chief, Standardization and Evaluation, 374th Tactical Airlift Wing, Yokota AB, Japan
November 1992–June 1993, Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, Fifth Air Force and U.S. Forces Japan, Yokota AB, Japan
July 1993–August 1994, Student, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
September 1994–March 1997, Special Operations Program Analyst, U.S. Special Operations Command, Directorate of Resources (J8), MacDill AFB, Fla.
April 1997–July 1999, Operations Officer and Commander, 50th Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
August 1999–June 2000, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
July 2000–July 2001, Chief, Tactical Analysis Division, Air Force Studies and Analyses Agency, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
August 2001–August 2003, Commander, 374th Operations Group, Yokota AB, Japan
August 2003–April 2004, Vice Commander, 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, S.C.
May 2004–March 2006, Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing, McChord AFB, Wash.
March 2006–May 2007, Executive Officer to the Commander and Deputy Director of Operations and Plans, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
May 2007–September 2008, Commander, 314th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
October 2008–January 2009, Commander, 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
January 2009–March 2011, Deputy Director for Global Operations (J39), Operations Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
March 2011–November 2013, Director of Strategic Plans, Requirements, and Programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
November 2013–June 2015, Director of Operations, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
June 2015–August 2016, Vice Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
October 2016–May 2021, Associate Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
May 2021–present, Director, Studies, Analyses and Assessments, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
Rating: command pilot
Flight Hours: more than 4,200 hours
Aircraft Flown: C-130E/H-1/H-3, C-17A, C-9A, C-21A and UH-1N
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
1998 Smith Trophy, Outstanding Airlift Squadron in Air Mobility Command, 50th Airlift Squadron
2000 Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award, Air War College
2013 U.S. Air Force Eugene Zuckert Award for Outstanding Management Achievement
(Current as of June 2021)