Bradley Heithold

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Bradley Allen Heithold
Lt Gen Bradley Heithold, USAF.jpg
Lieutenant General Bradley A. Heithold
USA, as USSOCOM Vice Commander
Born (1956-02-27) 27 February 1956 (age 59)
Arlington, Virginia
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1974-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 Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal

Lieutenant General Bradley A. Heithold, United States Air Force, is Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command.[1] He previously 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]


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]

Current assignment[edit]

As of July 2014 Heithold is Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command.[2][1]


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]


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

External links[edit]

  • [1] Air Force ISR Agency