Tod D. Wolters

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Tod D. Wolters
Gen. Tod D. Wolters EUCOM.jpg
General Tod D. Wolters
Nickname(s)"Magoo"
Bornc. 1960
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1982–present
RankGeneral
Commands heldUnited States European Command
Supreme Allied Commander Europe
United States Air Forces in Europe
Twelfth Air Force
9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force
325th Fighter Wing
47th Flying Training Wing
1st Operations Group
485th Air Expeditionary Wing
19th Fighter Squadron
Battles/warsGulf War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
AwardsDefense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star Medal (2)

Tod Daniel Wolters[1] (born c. 1960) is a United States Air Force four-star general who currently serves as the commander of U.S. European Command. He concurrently serves as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR). He previously served as the commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa. He assumed his current assignment at the European Command in Germany on May 2, 2019[2] and at the Allied Command in Belgium on May 3, 2019.[3]

Wolters' previous assignment was as the Director for Operations, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. He assisted the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in fulfilling his responsibilities as the principal military advisor to the President and Secretary of Defense. Wolters develops and provides strategic guidance to the combatant commands and relays communications between the President and the Secretary of Defense to the combatant commanders regarding current operations and plans.

Military career[edit]

The son of Air Force Brigadier General Thomas E. Wolters,[4] Wolters received his commission in 1982 as a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He has commanded the 19th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska; the 1st Operations Group, Langley AFB, Virginia; the 485th Air Expeditionary Wing, Saudi Arabia; the 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, Texas; the 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall AFB, Florida; the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan; and the Twelfth Air Force, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. He has fought in operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Wolters has also served in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, as Director of Legislative Liaison, and in Headquarters' staff positions at United States Pacific Command, Headquarters United States Air Force, and Air Force Space Command. In his last duty assignment, Wolters served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Wolters is a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours in the F-15C, F-22, OV-10, T-38 and A-10 aircraft.

Education[edit]

Wolters with Russian Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov in Baku, July 2019.
  • 1982 Bachelor of Science degree, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • 1990 Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  • 1995 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
  • 1996 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
  • 1996 Master's degree in aeronautical science technology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • 2001 Master's degree in strategic studies, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
  • 2004 Senior Executive Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 2007 Joint Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2010 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2010 Combined Force Land Component Commander's Course, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
  • 2014 Fellow, Pinnacle Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.

Assignments[edit]

1. June 1982 – June 1983, student, undergraduate pilot training, Reese AFB, Texas
2. July 1983 – August 1983, student, fighter lead-in training, Holloman AFB, N.M.
3. September 1983 – November 1983, student, OV-10 Replacement Training Unit, Patrick AFB, Fla.
4. November 1983 – June 1984, OV-10 pilot, 704th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Sembach Air Base, West Germany
5. July 1984 – September 1986, OV-10 instructor pilot and flight examiner, 27th Tactical Air Support Squadron, George AFB, Calif.
6. October 1986 – November 1986, student, fighter lead-in training, Holloman AFB, N.M.
7. December 1986 – April 1987, student, F-15 Replacement Training Unit, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
8. May 1987 – December 1989, F-15 instructor pilot and flight examiner, 53rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bitburg AB, West Germany
9. January 1990 – April 1990, student, U.S. Air Force F-15 Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
10. May 1990 – February 1992, Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 9th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.
11. March 1992 – March 1995, assistant operations officer, flight commander and instructor pilot, F-15 Division, U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
12. April 1995 – March 1997, aide-de-camp to Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii
13. April 1997 – December 1997, Chief of Safety, 3rd Wing, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
14. January 1998 – December 1998, operations officer, 19th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
15. January 1999 – June 2000, Commander, 19th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
16. July 2000 – June 2001, student, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
17. June 2001 – April 2002, Chief, Combat Forces Division, Directorate of Operational Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
18. May 2002 – July 2004, Commander, 1st Operations Group, Langley AFB, Va. (February 2003 – May 2003, Commander, 485th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia)
19. July 2004 – April 2006, Commander, 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, Texas
20. June 2006 – March 2008, Commander, 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
21. March 2008 – March 2009, Deputy Commander, Political-Military Affairs, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, U.S. Central Command, Kabul, Afghanistan
22. April 2009 – May 2011, Director of Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
23. May 2011 – May 2012, Commander, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force – Afghanistan, and Deputy Commander-Air, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan
24. June 2012 – August 2013, director, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
25. September 2013 – December 2014, Commander, 12th Air Force, Air Combat Command, and Commander, Air Forces Southern, U.S. Southern Command, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
26. December 2014 – July 2015, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.
27. July 2015 – August 2016, Director for Operations, Joint Staff, Arlington, Va.
28. August 2016 - April 2019, Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe; Commander, U.S. Air Forces Africa; Commander, Allied Air Command, headquartered at Ramstein AB, Germany; and Director, Joint Air Power Competency Centre, Kalkar, Germany
29. May 2019 - Present, Commander, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germeny; and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Mons, Belgium

Summary of joint assignments[edit]

1. April 1995 – March 1997, aide-de-camp to Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, as a major.
2. March 2008 – March 2009, Deputy Commander, Political-Military Affairs, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, U.S. Central Command, Kabul, Afghanistan, as a brigadier general.
3. May 2011 – May 2012, Commander, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force – Afghanistan, and Deputy Commander-Air, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, as a major general.
4. September 2013 – December 2014, Commander, Air Forces Southern, U.S. Southern Command, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., as a lieutenant general.
5. July 2015 – August 2016, Director for Operations, Joint Staff, Arlington, Va., as a lieutenant general.
6. May 2019 - Present, Commander, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany; and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Mons, Belgium, as a general.

Flight information[edit]

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: more than 4,990
Aircraft flown: F-15C, F-22, OV-10, T-38, and A-10

Awards and decorations[edit]

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
Basic Space Badge.jpg Basic Space Operations Badge
USEUCOM.svg United States European Command Badge
Coat of arms of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.svg SACEUR Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Headquarters US Air Force Badge.png Headquarters Air Force Badge
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edgesBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters
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 oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Aerial Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Air Force Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Combat Action Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
"V" device, brass.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (second ribbon to denote fifth award)
Army Superior Unit Award
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster
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
Southwest Asia Service Medal with one service star
Bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold frame and one bronze oak leaf cluster
Silver oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
NATO Medal for service with ISAF
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Effective dates of promotion[edit]

Second-Lieutenant: June 2, 1982
First-Lieutenant: June 2, 1984
Captain: June 2, 1986
Major: March 1, 1994
Lieutenant-Colonel: January 1, 1998
Colonel: July 1, 2002
Brigadier-General: November 2, 2007
Major-General: August 2, 2011
Lieutenant-General: September 24, 2013
General: August 11, 2016.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Air Force document "General Tod D. Wolters Biography".

Military offices
Preceded by
Curtis M. Scaparrotti
Commander, United States European Command
2019–present
Incumbent
Supreme Allied Commander Europe
2019–present