Maj. Gen. Gregory A. Feest is the Air Force Chief of Safety, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. 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.
General Feest received his commission through the ROTC program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1978. He 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.
General Feest is a command pilot with more than 5,600 flying hours, including more than 800 combat hours earned during operations Just Cause, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
1978 Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management and finance, University of Wisconsin, Madison
1984 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1985 Master of Business Administration degree in management, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, Calif.
1992 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1998 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2003 National Security Management Course, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University, N.Y.
2006 Combined Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 Systems Acquisition Management General Officers Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2009 U.S.-Russia Security Program, John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
2010 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. October 1978 - December 1979, student, undergraduate navigator training, Mather AFB, Calif.
2. January 1980 - December 1982, F-111E weapons and tactics officer, 20th Tactical Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Upper Heyford, England
3. January 1983 - October 1984, student, undergraduate pilot training, Reese AFB, Texas, and student, F-15C Replacement Training Unit, Luke AFB, Ariz.
4. October 1984 - December 1987, F-15C flight commander, instructor pilot and flight examiner, 27th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
5. January 1988 - July 1991, F-117A assistant operations officer, flight commander and instructor pilot, 37th Tactical Fighter Wing, Tonopah Test Range, Nev.
6. August 1991 - June 1992, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. June 1992 - June 1994, Deputy Chief of Senate Liaison, Secretary of the Air Force Legislative Liaison, Washington, D.C.
8. June 1994 - May 1995, operations officer, 7th Fighter Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.
9. May 1995 - June 1997, Commander, 9th Fighter Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.
10. July 1997 - June 1998, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
11. June 1998 - June 2000, senior military assistant to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
12. July 2000 - January 2002, Commander, 479th Flying Training Group, Moody AFB, Ga.
13. February 2002 - July 2004, Deputy Director of Requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
14. July 2004 - June 2005, Commander, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia
15. July 2005 - July 2006, Deputy Director of Intelligence and Air, Space and Information Operations for Flying Training, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
16. July 2006 - December 2006, Director of Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas
17. December 2006 - July 2008, Deputy Director for Force Application, Directorate of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
18. July 2008 - August 2010, Commander, 19th Air Force, Randolph AFB, Texas
19. August 2010 - present, Air Force Chief of Safety, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 1998 - June 2000, senior military assistant to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C., as a colonel
2. December 2006 - July 2008, Deputy Director for Force Application, Directorate of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a brigadier general
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 5,600
Aircraft flown: F-111E, AT-38B, T-38C, T-38A, T-6A, A-7D, F-15C, F-15E and F-117A
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Distinguished Flying Cross with "V" device
Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with silver and four bronze oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device
Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Services Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait)
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Oct. 13, 1978
First Lieutenant Oct. 13, 1980
Captain Oct. 13, 1982
Major July 1, 1989
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 1994
Colonel Sept. 1, 1998
Brigadier General Oct. 1, 2005
Major General Dec. 3, 2008
(Current as of November 2012)