Bradley Heithold

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Bradley Allen Heithold
LIEUTENANT GENERAL BRADLEY A. HEITHOLD.JPG
Lieutenant General Bradley A. Heithold
USAF, as USSOCOM Vice Commander
Born (1956-02-27) 27 February 1956 (age 60)
Lynwood Ca.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1974-1977
1981-present
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held 16th Special Operations Squadron
Program Strategy Division, U.S. Special Operations Command
58th Operations Group
347th Rescue Wing
Warner Robins Air Logistics Center
Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency
Air Force Special Operations Command
Awards Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star Medal

Lieutenant General Bradley A. Heithold, United States Air Force, is Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command.[1] He was the Commander of the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency (AFISRA) until July 19, 2011 when he handed command to Major General Robert Otto.[2] Heithold then became Vice Commander, United States Special Operations Command.[2] As AFISRA Commander, Heithold's duties included providing multi-source ISR products, applications, capabilities and resources, as well as information operations forces and expertise.[1]

Education[edit]

1981 Bachelor's degree in physics, University of Arkansas, AR
1986 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL.
1991 Master of Public Administration degree, Troy State University, AL.
1995 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL.
1998 National Defense Fellow, Florida International University, Miami, FL
1999 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.

Military career[edit]

Heithold began his military career in the Air Force in 1974 and spent three years at Holloman AFB, New Mexico as an F-4D avionics technician. From there, he was commissioned in 1981 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at the University of Arkansas. Heithold has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, including the 451st Air Expeditionary Group in Southwest Asia. Staff assignments include positions on the Air Staff and a unified command staff. Prior to his current assignment, he was at Air Force Special Operations Command Headquarters, Hurlburt Field, Florida where he was Director of Plans, Programs, Requirements and Assessments. Heithold is a master navigator with more than 3,400 flight hours in the C-130, AC-130H, MC-130P and HC-130P.[1]

Awards and decorations[edit]

AFNavBadge.jpg Master Navigator Badge
AF Master Intel.jpg Master Intelligence Badge
Headquarters US Air Force Badge.png Headquarters Air Force Badge
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
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
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
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
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 cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Width-44 myrtle green ribbon with width-3 white stripes at the edges and five width-1 stripes down the center; the central white stripes are width-2 apart Army Commendation Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
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 one bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Bronze star
Humanitarian Service Medal with one bronze service star
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold frame
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia

Promotions[edit]

Second Lieutenant May 27, 1981
First Lieutenant Aug. 5, 1983
Captain Aug. 5, 1985
Major May 1, 1993
Lieutenant Colonel Jan. 1, 1997
Colonel April 1, 2000
Brigadier General Sept. 2, 2006
Major General Dec. 9, 2008
Lieutenant General Jul. 19, 2011

Source: Airforce Biography[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Biographies : Lieutenant General Bradley A. Heithold". Af.mil. July 2014. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  2. ^ a b Amann, Wayne (2011-07-21). "Otto takes command of AFISRA". Air Force ISR Agency Public Affairs (afisr.af.mil). Retrieved 2012-11-10. 

External links[edit]

  • [1] Air Force ISR Agency