TAAC Air Commander

Brig. Gen. Phillip A. Stewart (USA)

Brig. Gen. Phillip A. Stewart is the commanding general, Train, Advise, Assist Command – Air, and commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan. The mission of the 438th AEW is to train, advise and assist our Afghan partners to develop a professional, capable and sustainable Air Force. TAAC-Air has two air advisory groups in the country, one at Hamid Karzai International Airport and one at Kandahar Airfield.

Stewart was commissioned in 1992 through ROTC after graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has earned masters degrees in Military Studies and Operational Planning, both from the Marine Corps University, as well as a masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Additionally, General Stewart is a graduate of the School of Advanced Warfighting at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia.

His command tours include serving as the wing commander of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., and as commander of the 362nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron at Balad Air Base, Iraq, where he commanded the Air Force's first MC-12 squadron. Prior to assuming his wing commander role, Stewart served as the vice commander of the 9th RW. His staff duties include tours on the Joint Staff as the assistant deputy director for Political-Military Affairs for the Middle East, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, and as the senior executive assistant to the Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Additionally, he has completed staff tours at 19th Air Force as the commander's aide-de-camp, as the chief of the Fighter-Bomber Assignments Branch and as the executive officer to the commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.

Stewart has served as an instructor and evaluator pilot in multiple aircraft and holds the rating of command pilot with more than 2,500 hours in the F-15C, AT-38, T-38, T-37, RQ-4, U-2 and MC-12. He has more than 500 hours of combat time and has flown 108 combat missions.

His major awards and decorations include the following: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with three oak leave clusters, Aerial Achievement Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award with valor device and three oak leaf clusters, Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the National Defense Service Medal.

Education
1992 Bachelor of Management, The Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.
1998 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2003 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2005 Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Va.
2005 Master of Military Studies, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Va.
2006 School of AdvancedWarfighting, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Va.
2007 Master of Operational Studies, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Va.
2007 AirWar College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2011 U.S. ArmyWar College, Carlisle, Pa.
2011 Master of Strategic Studies, U.S. ArmyWar College, Carlisle, Pa.

Assignments
1. 1993–1994, Student Pilot, Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.
2. 1994–1995, F-15C Student Pilot, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
3. October 1995–October 1997, F-15C Pilot, Electronic Combat Pilot, 27th Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
4. November 1997–October 1999, AT-38 Instructor Pilot, Chief,Weapons & Tactics, Flight Commander, 435th Flying Training Squadron, Randolph AFB, Texas
5. October 1999–May 2001, Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, 19th Air Force, Randolph AFB, Texas
6. May 2001–July 2004, Flight Commander, 18th OG Chief, Stan Eval, F-15C Evaluator Pilot, Kadena Air Base, Japan
7. August 2004–August 2005, Chief, Fighter-Bomber Assignments Branch, ACC Headquarters, Langley AFB, Va.
8. August 2005–2006, Student, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Va.
9. 2006–2007, Student, School of AdvancedWarfighting, Quantico, Va.
10. October 2007–October 2008, Operations Officer, 1st Operations Support Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
11. October 2008–April 2009, Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
12. April 2009–April 2010, Commander, 362nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, Joint Base Balad, Iraq
13. July 2010–June 2011, Student, U.S. ArmyWar College, Carlisle, Pa.
14. July 2011–May 2012, Vice Commander, 9th ReconnaissanceWing, Beale AFB, Calif.
15. May 2012–May 2014, Commander, 9th ReconnaissanceWing, Beale AFB, Calif.
16. June 2014–June 2015, Assistant Deputy Director for Political-Military Affairs for the Middle East, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5), Joint Staff, Pentagon,Washington, D.C.
17. June 2015–May 2016, Senior Executive Assistant (EA) to the Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy (J5) on the Joint Staff, Pentagon,Washington, D.C.
18. June 2016–May 2017, Deputy to the Director of Operations, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration for the United States Air Forces in Europe and United States Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA A3/10), Ramstein AB, Germany
19. June 2017–present, Commanding General, Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) and Commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan

Flight Information
Rating: command pilot
Flight Hours: more than 2,500, more than 500 combat hours
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, AT-38, F-15C, MC-12, RQ-4, and U-2

Major Awards and Decorations
Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with three oak leave clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
AF Outstanding Unit Award with valor device and three oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with one oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal

Effective Dates of Promotion
Second Lieutenant – June 6, 1992
First Lieutenant – June 6, 1994
Captain – June 6, 1996
Major – March 15, 2003
Lieutenant Colonel – Dec. 12, 2006
Colonel – Oct. 1, 2010
Brigadier General – Aug. 2, 2017
 

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