Gregory A. Feest

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Gregory A. Feest
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Major General Gregory A. Feest
Chief of Safety of the United States Air Force
Born 1956 (age 57–58)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1978-present
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Awards

Gregory A. Feest (born 1956) is a United States Air Force Air Force major general who is currently serving as the Chief of Safety of the United States Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. He develops, executes and evaluates all Air Force aviation, ground, weapons, space and system mishap prevention, and nuclear surety programs to preserve combat readiness. Additionally, he directs research to promote safety awareness and mishap prevention, oversees mishap investigations, evaluates corrective actions, and ensures implementation. Finally, he manages, develops and directs all Air Force safety and risk management courses.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Feest was born in 1956 and received his commission through the ROTC program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1978.

Career[edit]

Feest has held a variety of flying assignments, including command of the operations and maintenance of one of only two operational F-117A stealth fighter squadrons. He has also commanded the 479th Flying Training Group, Moody AFB, Ga.; the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia; and 19th Air Force, Randolph AFB, Texas. His staff assignments include Air Force liaison officer to the U.S. Senate, senior military assistant to the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Deputy Director of Requirements at Headquarters Air Combat Command. The general also served as Air Education and Training Command's Director of Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, as well as Deputy Director for Force Application in the Directorate of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment on the Joint Staff.

Assignments[edit]

  1. October 1978 - December 1979, student, undergraduate navigator training, Mather Air Force Base, California
  2. January 1980 - December 1982, F-111E weapons and tactics officer, 20th Tactical Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Upper Heyford, England
  3. January 1983 - October 1984, student, undergraduate pilot training, Reese AFB, Texas, and student, F-15C Replacement Training Unit, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona
  4. October 1984 - December 1987, F-15C flight commander, instructor pilot and flight examiner, 27th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia
  5. January 1988 - July 1991, F-117A assistant operations officer, flight commander and instructor pilot, 37th Tactical Fighter Wing, Tonopah Test Range, Nevada
  6. August 1991 - June 1992, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  7. June 1992 - June 1994, Deputy Chief of Senate Liaison, Secretary of the Air Force Legislative Liaison, Washington, D.C.
  8. June 1994 - May 1995, operations officer, 7th Fighter Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
  9. May 1995 - June 1997, Commander, 9th Fighter Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
  10. July 1997 - June 1998, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  11. June 1998 - June 2000, senior military assistant to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
  12. July 2000 - January 2002, Commander, 479th Flying Training Group, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia
  13. February 2002 - July 2004, Deputy Director of Requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia
  14. July 2004 - June 2005, Commander, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia
  15. July 2005 - July 2006, Deputy Director of Intelligence and Air, Space and Information Operations for Flying Training, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
  16. July 2006 - December 2006, Director of Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters AETC, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
  17. December 2006 - July 2008, Deputy Director for Force Application, Directorate of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  18. July 2008 - August 2010, Commander, 19th Air Force, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
  19. August 2010 – present, Air Force Chief of Safety, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico

Education[edit]

1978 Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management and Finance, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1984 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
1985 Master of Business Administration degree in Management, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California
1992 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
1998 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2003 National Security Management Course, Syracuse University, N.Y.
2006 Combined Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2010 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

Flight information[edit]

Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: 5,500 hours, including more than 800 combat hours earned during operations Just Cause, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Aircraft flown: F-111E, AT-38B, T-38C, T-38A, T-6A, A-7D, F-15C, F-15E and F-117A

Awards and decorations[edit]

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png U.S. Air Force Command Pilot Badge
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.png Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
Headquarters US Air Force Badge.png Headquarters Air Force Badge
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edges
Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters
V
Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor device
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges.
Bronze Star Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.
Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Medal (Second ribbon necessary for spacing of accouterments)
Silver oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
V
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device, silver, and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two bronze oak leaf clusters (Second ribbon necessary for spacing of accouterments)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze star
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
Bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze service star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Width-44 ribbon with the following stripes, arranged symmetrically from the edges to the center: width-2 black, width-4 chamois, width-2 Old Glory blue, width-2 white, width-2 Old Glory red, width-6 chamouis, width-3 myrtle green up to a central width-2 black stripe
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze service stars
Bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze service star
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Service Medal with bronze service star
Humanitarian Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold frame
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Effective dates of promotion[edit]

Promotions
Insignia Rank Date
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General December 3, 2008
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General October 1, 2005
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel September 1, 1998
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 1994
US-O4 insignia.svg Major July 1, 1989
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain October 13, 1982
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant October 13, 1980
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant October 13, 1978

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