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Stephen W. Wilson

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Stephen W. "Seve" Wilson (born 1959/1960) is a United States Air Force general who currently serves as the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Previously, he was the deputy commander of United States Strategic Command. Before that, he served as the commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. In his capacity as commander of Air Force Global Strike Command his responsibilities included organizing, training, equipping, and maintaining all United States ICBM and nuclear-capable bomber forces. Prior to his current assignment, Wilson served as Commander, Eighth Air Force.[1]

Military career

Wilson received his commission from Texas A&M University in 1981. He has had multiple flying tours, and led bomber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, mobility, aeromedical evacuation, and airborne command and control operations supporting Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. Wilson has also held numerous command positions, including the Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike, where he planned and executed strategic deterrence and global strike operations for United States Strategic Command. During this time, Wilson also commanded Task Force 204 which oversaw the Air Force's nuclear bomber and reconnaissance activities in support of United States Strategic Command.

Wilson is a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours and 680 combat hours.


1977 Fort Hunt High School, Alexandria, VA 1981 Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
1985 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1989 Master of Science degree, Engineering Management, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
1993 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1997 U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2000 Master's degree in strategic studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 Leadership for a Democratic Society, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va.
2007 Joint Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2009 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2010 Leadership Decision Making Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2013 Pinnacle Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.


1. June 1981 – May 1982, student, undergraduate pilot training, Laughlin AFB, Texas
2. May 1982 – September 1986, T-38 Instructor Pilot, evaluator pilot and flight commander, 86th Flying Training Squadron, Laughlin AFB, Texas
3. September 1986 – May 1987, B-1 Student, 338th Combat Training Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
4. May 1987 – July 1991, B-1 Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander, 77th Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
5. July 1991 – July 1992, Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 28th Operations Support Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
6. July 1992 – July 1993, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. July 1993 – September 1995, Joint Staff Officer, Doctrine, Concepts and Initiatives Division, Plans and Policy (J5), Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany
8. September 1995 – June 1997, Chief of Safety, 28th Bomb Wing, later, operations officer, 37th Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
9. June 1997 – June 1999, Commander, B-1 Division, and Instructor Pilot, Weapons Instructor Course, USAF Weapons School, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
10. August 1999 – June 2000, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
11. June 2000 – June 2002, Deputy Commander, 366th Operations Group, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
12. July 2002 – March 2004, Commander, 608th Air Operations Group, Barksdale AFB, La.
13. March 2004 – June 2006, Commander, 14th Flying Training Wing, Columbus AFB, Miss.
14. June 2006 – July 2007, Deputy Director of Air, Space and Information Operations (A2/3), Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas
15. July 2007 – July 2009, Deputy Commander, Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Region, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
16. July 2009 – July 2010, Commander, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia
17. July 2010 – June 2011, Director for Joint Integration, Directorate of Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
18. June 2011 – October 2013, Commander, Eighth Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Barksdale AFB, La., and Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
19. October 2013 – July 2015, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, La.
20. July 2015 – July 2016, Deputy Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt, AFB, Neb.
21. July 2016 – present, Vice Chief of Staff, USAF, Washington, DC

Flight information

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,600, and 680 combat hours
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, B-1 and B-52

Awards and decorations

US Air Force Command Pilot Badge

USAF - Occupational Badge - Missile Operations.svg
Senior Missile Operations Badge
Headquarters US Air Force Badge.png
Headquarters Air Force Badge
Defense Distinguished Service Medal[2]
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
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.svg
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Width-44 myrtle green ribbon with width-3 white stripes at the edges and five width-1 stripes down the center; the central white stripes are width-2 apart
Army Commendation Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
"V" device, brass.svg
Silver oakleaf-3d.svg
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" Device, one silver and one bronze oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations 'N' Device.png
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with "N" Device and oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Silver oakleaf-3d.svg
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon

Effective dates of promotion

Second Lieutenant: June 2, 1981
First Lieutenant: June 2, 1983
Captain: June 2, 1985
Major: June 1, 1993
Lieutenant Colonel: Jan. 1, 1997
Colonel: June 1, 2002
Brigadier General: Dec. 3, 2007
Major General: Sept. 1, 2011
Lieutenant General: Oct. 23, 2013
General: July 22, 2016 [1]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Air Force document: "Gen. Stephen W. "Seve" Wilson".

Military offices
Preceded by
James Kowalski
Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command
Succeeded by
Robin Rand
Preceded by
James Kowalski
Deputy Commander of the United States Strategic Command
Succeeded by
Richard J. Evans III (acting)
Preceded by
David L. Goldfein
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
This page was last edited on 6 September 2020, at 06:26
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