Gregory A. Feest
|Gregory A. Feest|
Major General Gregory A. Feest
Chief of Safety of the United States Air Force
|Born||1956 (age 60–61)|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1978-present|
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.
Early life and education
Feest was born in 1956 and received his commission through the ROTC program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1978.
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.
Dropped the first bomb of Operation Desert Storm.
- October 1978 - December 1979, student, undergraduate navigator training, Mather Air Force Base, California
- January 1980 - December 1982, F-111E weapons and tactics officer, 20th Tactical Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Upper Heyford, England
- January 1983 - October 1984, student, undergraduate pilot training, Reese AFB, Texas, and student, F-15C Replacement Training Unit, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona
- October 1984 - December 1987, F-15C flight commander, instructor pilot and flight examiner, 27th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia
- January 1988 - July 1991, F-117A assistant operations officer, flight commander and instructor pilot, 37th Tactical Fighter Wing, Tonopah Test Range, Nevada
- August 1991 - June 1992, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
- June 1992 - June 1994, Deputy Chief of Senate Liaison, Secretary of the Air Force Legislative Liaison, Washington, D.C.
- June 1994 - May 1995, operations officer, 7th Fighter Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
- May 1995 - June 1997, Commander, 9th Fighter Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
- July 1997 - June 1998, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
- June 1998 - June 2000, senior military assistant to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
- July 2000 - January 2002, Commander, 479th Flying Training Group, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia
- February 2002 - July 2004, Deputy Director of Requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia
- July 2004 - June 2005, Commander, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia
- 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
- July 2006 - December 2006, Director of Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters AETC, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
- December 2006 - July 2008, Deputy Director for Force Application, Directorate of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
- July 2008 - August 2010, Commander, 19th Air Force, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
- 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
- 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
- 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
|U.S. Air Force Command Pilot Badge|
|Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge|
|Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|
|Headquarters Air Force Badge|
Effective dates of promotion
|Major General||December 3, 2008|
|Brigadier General||October 1, 2005|
|Colonel||September 1, 1998|
|Lieutenant Colonel||March 1, 1994|
|Major||July 1, 1989|
|Captain||October 13, 1982|
|First Lieutenant||October 13, 1980|
|Second Lieutenant||October 13, 1978|