Tod D. Wolters
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Tod D. Wolters
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1982 – present (36 years)|
Tod Daniel Wolters (born c. 1960) is the Commander of United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa. In March 2019, he was announced as the nominee to be the next NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and the next commanding officer of U.S. European Command.
Wolters previous assignment was as the Director for Operations (DJ-3), 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. The General 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.
The son of Air Force Brigadier General Thomas E. Wolters, Wolters received his commission in 1982 as a graduate of the U.S. 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 12th Air Force, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. He has fought in operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. General 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 U.S. Pacific Command, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and Air Force Space Command. In his last duty assignment, the general served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
General Wolters is a command pilot with more than 4,990 flying hours in the F-15C, F-22, OV-10, T-38 and A-10 aircraft.
- 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.
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, Washington, D.C.
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, Washington, D.C.
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, Washington, D.C.
27. July 2015 – August 2016, Director for Operations, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
28. August 2016 – present, Commander, United States Air Forces Europe; Commander, United States Air Forces Africa; Commander, Allied Air Command; and Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre, Ramstein AB, Germany
Summary of Joint Assignments
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, Washington, D.C.
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
|US Air Force Command Pilot Badge|
|Basic Space Operations Badge|
|Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|
|Headquarters Air Force Badge|
|Allied Air Command Badge|
Effective dates of promotion
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.
- "General Officer Announcement". U.S. Department of Defense. 15 March 2019. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
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