Steven L. Kwast

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Steven L. Kwast
Major General Kwast
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force seal United States Air Force
Years of service 1986–present
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands held 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, 4th Fighter Wing, 47th Operations Group
Battles/wars Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom

Major General Steven L. Kwast was commissioned into the United States Air Force upon graduation from the Air Force Academy in 1986. Once he completed a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, he was assigned to undergraduate pilot training and earned his pilot wings in June 1989. Kwast completed F-15E training at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona and later was assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson AFB where he served as a war plans officer, weapons officer and Chief of Weapons.

Kwast is a veteran of operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom. Recently, Kwast was in command of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. He was succeeded by Colonel Jack L. Briggs II.

Dates of Promotion[edit]

Kwast was nominated for appointment to the rank of Major General by the President on May 3, 2011.[1] He was promoted to Major General May 4, 2012.[2] On July 31, 2009 Kwast was promoted to the grade of Brigadier General at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

US-O8 insignia.svg Major General May 4, 2012
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General July 31, 2009
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel August 1, 2003
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 1999
US-O4 insignia.svg Major August 1, 1996
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain May 28, 1990
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant May 28, 1988
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant May 28, 1986



  1. August 1986 - June 1988, AFIT student, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Mass.
  2. June 1988 - June 1989, student, undergraduate pilot training, Williams AFB, Ariz.
  3. June 1989 - May 1990, student, F-15E Fighter Training Unit, Luke AFB, Ariz.
  4. May 1990 - August 1996, war plans officer, weapons officer, and Chief of Weapons, 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
  5. August 1996 - June 1997, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  6. June 1997 - August 1999, Military Aide to the Vice President of the United States, Washington D.C.
  7. August 1999 - June 2002, Assistant Operations Officer, Director of Operations, and Commander, 492d Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom
  8. June 2002 - June 2003, National Defense Fellow, Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology, and Policy, Boston University, Mass.
  9. September 2003 - February 2005, Commander, 47th Operations Group, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas
  10. February 2005 - September 2006, Deputy Director for Colonel Matters, Air Force Senior Leader Management Office, Washington, D.C.
  11. September 2006 - September 2008, Commander, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
  12. September 2008 - April 2009, Deputy Director of Requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
  13. April 2009 - April 2010, Commander, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
  14. June 2010 – present, Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs for Europe, NATO and Russia, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  15. March 2012 – present, Director of Requirements, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.


  1. ^ DefenseLink News Release about nominations
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