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Rowayne A. “Wayne” Schatz, Jr., a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Associate Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington D.C. In this capacity, he is responsible to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff for formulating policy supporting air, space, cyberspace, irregular warfare, counter-proliferation, homeland security and weather operations. Mr. Schatz is further responsible for policy and processes for operational and capability planning, operational requirements and training necessary to support national security objectives and military strategy. He represents the operational community at the Air Force Council, and the Joint Staff and Office of the Secretary of Defense planning, requirements and acquisition forums. Mr. Schatz also serves as the Executive Director for the Department of Defense’s Policy Board on Federal Aviation consisting off an interdepartmental team conducting interagency coordination on matters affecting military and civilian aviation integration.

Mr. Schatz retired from active duty on October 1, 2016 at the rank of major general, U.S. Air Force. He assumed his present position in October 2016. 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. Prior to his current position, he served as the Air Mobility Command Vice Commander.

1983 Bachelor of Science degrees in economics and operations research, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
1985 Master's degree in public policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Mass.
1990 Distinguished graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1994 Master's degree in military arts and science, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
1994 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2000 Master's degree in strategic studies, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.


1. September 1983 - July 1985, Kennedy Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2. August 1985 - December 1986, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
3. January 1987 - August 1989, C-130 Pilot, Aircraft Commander and Flight Commander, 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron, Clark Air Base, Philippines
4. September 1989 - December 1990, C-130 Instructor Pilot and Chief of Tactics, 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan
5. January 1991 - March 1992, C-130 Flight Examiner Pilot and Chief of Wing Special Operations, 374th Tactical Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan
6. April 1992 - October 1992, Assistant Chief, Standardization and Evaluation, 374th Operations Group, Yokota Air Base, Japan
7. November 1992 - June 1993, Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, Fifth Air Force and U.S. Forces Japan, Yokota Air Base, Japan
8. July 1993 - August 1994, Student, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
9. September 1994 - March 1997, Special Operations Program Analyst, U.S. Special Operations Command, Directorate of Resources (J8), MacDill AFB, Fl.
10. April 1997 - July 1999, Operations Officer and Commander, 50th Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
11. August 1999 - June 2000, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
12. July 2000 - July 2001, Chief, Tactical Analysis Division, Air Force Studies and Analyses Agency, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
13. August 2001 - August 2003, Commander, 374th Operations Group, Yokota Air Base, Japan
14. August 2003 - April 2004, Vice Commander, 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, S.C.
15. May 2004 - March 2006, Commander, 62nd Airlift Wing, McChord AFB, Wash.
16. March 2006 - May 2007, Executive Officer to the Commander and Deputy Director of Operations and Plans, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
17. May 2007 – September 2008, Commander, 314th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
18. October 2008 – January 2009, Commander, 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
19. January 2009 – March 2011, Deputy Director for Global Operations (J39), Operations Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
20. March 2011 – November 2013, Director of Strategic Plans, Requirements, and Programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
21. November 2013 – June 2015, Director of Operations, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
22. June 2015 – August 2016, Vice Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
23. October 2016 – present, Associate Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

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

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
Air Medal
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 November 2017)


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