TAAC Air Commander

Brig. Gen. Jeffery D. Valenzia (USA)

Brigadier General Jeffery D. Valenzia is the Commanding General, Train Advise Assist Command-Air and Commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan.  The mission of the 438 AEW is to train, advise, and assist our Afghan counterparts in order to develop a professional, capable, and sustainable Air Force.  TAAC-Air conducts this advisory mission in Kabul and Kandahar via two Air Expeditionary Advisory Groups, as well as in Mazar-e Sharif via one Air Advisory Detachment.

General Valenzia earned his commission from Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 075 where he received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from San Diego State University in 1994 and entered the Air Force as a Command and Control Officer.  Soon after, he completed Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training followed by F- 16 initial training.  General Valenzia has served in numerous positions at the squadron, group, wing, air operations center, Combatant Command, and Joint Staff levels; including squadron command Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea and wing command at the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing, Moody AFB, GA.

General Valenzia is a command pilot with 1,839 flying hours and has deployed in support of Operations NORTHERN WATCH, NOBLE EAGLE, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and RESOLUTE SUPPORT.  Prior to this assignment, the General was the Executive Assistant to the Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM).

EDUCATION 
1994  Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
2001  Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2005  Masters in Human Factors, Embry-Riddle University
2007  Masters in Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2008  Masters in Airpower Art and Science, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, AL
2015  Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
2016  Masters of Science in National Resource Strategy, The Eisenhower School, Fort Leslie J. McNair, Washington DC

ASSIGNMENTS 
1.  September 1994 – September 1995, Squadron Adjutant, 86th Flying Training Squadron, Laughlin AFB, TX
2.  September 1995 – February 1998, Chief of Training Management Center, Emergency Actions Team Chief, 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, NE
3.  February 1998 – April 1999, Distinguished Graduate - Student, 25th Flying Training Squadron, Vance AFB, OK
4.  April 1999 – April 2000, Distinguished Graduate - Student, 309th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ
5.  April 2000 – November 2002, Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Chief of Squadron Programing, 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw AFB, SC
6.  November 2002 – November 2004, Evaluation Flight Examiner, Chief of Wing Standardization and Evaluation, 51st Operations Group, Osan AB, ROK
7.  November 2004 – July 2007, Instructor Pilot, Wing Executive Officer, Assistant Director of Operations, 56th Fighter Wing and 308th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ
8.  July 2007 – June 2008, Distinguished Graduate - Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
9.  June 2008 – June 2009, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, AL
10.  June 2009 – June 2010, Chief, Strategy Plans Team, 609th Air and Space Operations Center, Al Udeid AB, Qatar
11.  November 2010 – September 2012, Director of Operations and then Commander, 51st Operations Support Squadron, Osan AB, ROK
12.  September 2012 – May 2013, Future Joint Forces Development, ART Branch Chief, JCS/JS, J-7, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
13.  May 2013 – August 2014, Special Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
14.  August 2014 – July 2015, Vice Wing Commander, 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan Air Base, ROK
15.  July 2015 – June 2016, Student, The Eisenhower School, Fort Leslie J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
16.  June 2016 – May 2018, Commander, 93d Air Ground Operations Wing, Moody AFB, GA
17.  May 2018 – June 2019, Executive Assistant, CDRNORAD & USNORTHCOM, Peterson AFB, CO
18.  June 2019 – Present, Commanding General, Train Advise Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) and Commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Forward Operating Base Oqab, Kabul, Afghanistan

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1.  September 2012 – May 2013, Future Joint Forces Development, ART Branch Chief, JCS/JS, J-7, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant colonel
2.  May 2013 – August 2014, Special Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant colonel
3.  May 2018 – June 2019, Executive Assistant, CDRNORAD & USNORTHCOM, Peterson AFB, CO, as a colonel

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating:  Command Pilot 
Flight hours:  1839
Aircraft flown:  T-37, T-38, F-16, A-29

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters 
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster 
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION 
Second Lieutenant - September 1994
First Lieutenant - September 1996
Captain - September 1998
Major - February 2005
Lieutenant Colonel - December 2009
Colonel - October 2014
Brigadier General - Frocked

(Current as of June 2019)

 

 

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