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BRIGADIER GENERAL MICHAEL A. KELTZ

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Brig. Gen. Michael A. Keltz is the Deputy Director of Operations, Plans, Requirements and Programs, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. He develops comprehensive and definitive plans and programs for the command to execute contingency air, space, and information operations and support activities, including flying training for all PACAF combat forces and support for theater weather and air traffic services. He also directs the development of the command's Program Objective Memorandum (POM) input to the Air Staff, all PACAF strategic planning, the development and execution of PACAF's international affairs and strategic engagement, and the development of PACAF force structure options.

General Keltz received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1981. He's flown combat and contingency operations on AC-130H, MC-130E, MC-130H and AC-130U gunships and Combat Talons in Grenada, El Salvador, Panama, Sierra Leone and in operations Desert Storm and Provide Comfort. During operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, he was the Air Component Commander for several classified joint task forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He's served on the headquarters staff of the Air Force Special Operations Command, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and also on the Air Staff as the Deputy Chief of the Checkmate Division. He has commanded a special operations squadron; a special mission group in Iraq and Afghanistan; the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia; and the 607th Air and Space Operations Center at Osan AB.

The general is a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours, including more than 300 combat and contingency sorties in AC-130, C-130E and MC-130 aircraft.

EDUCATION
1981 Bachelor of Science degree, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1986 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1987 Master of Science degree in political science, Troy State University
1995 U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2001 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2001 Master of Science degree in national security strategy, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 Joint Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2009 Joint Force Maritime Component Course, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2010 Senior Joint Information Operations Applications Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. August 1981 - October 1982, student, undergraduate pilot training, 64th Flying Training Wing, Reese AFB, Texas
2. February 1983 - September 1987, AC-130H aircraft commander, 16th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
3. September 1987 - September 1989, Chief of Fixed Winged Tactics and executive officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters 23rd Air Force, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
4. September 1989 - October 1990, aide-de-camp for the Commander, 23rd Air Force, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
5. October 1990 - June 1992, MC-130E aircraft commander and Chief of Training, 7th Special Operations Squadron, Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany
6. June 1992 - June 1994, MC-130H instructor pilot and assistant operations officer, 7th Special Operations Squadron, Royal Air Force Alconbury, England
7. July 1994 - June 1995, student, Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
8. June 1995 - June 1998, executive officer to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Special Operations Forces Policy, and Crisis Actions Coordinator, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, Washington, D.C.
9. June 1998 - June 2000, operations officer and Commander, 19th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
10. July 2000 - June 2001, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
11. June 2001 - February 2003, Deputy Chief, Checkmate Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
12. February 2003 - June 2004, Commander, Aviation Tactics Evaluation Group, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.
13. July 2004 - July 2005, Commander, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia
14. July 2005 - February 2006, Chief, Operational Plans Division (J35), U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
15. February 2006 - July 2006, Director, Commander's Action Group, USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, Fla.
16. July 2006 - February 2007, executive officer to the Commander, USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, Fla.
17. February 2007 - August 2008, Commander, 607th Air and Space Operations Center, Osan AB, South Korea
18. August 2008 - June 2010, Vice Commander, 7th Air Force, Air Forces Korea, and Chief of Staff, Air Component Command, Osan AB, South Korea
19. June 2010 - present, Deputy Director of Operations, Plans, Requirements and Programs, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 1995 - June 1998, executive officer to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Special Operations Forces Policy, and Crisis Actions Coordinator, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, Washington, D.C., as a major
2. February 2003 - June 2004, Commander, Aviation Tactics Evaluation Group, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C., as a colonel
3. July 2005 - February 2006, Chief, Operational Plans Division (J35), U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla., as a colonel
4. February 2006 - July 2006, Director, Commander's Action Group, USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, Fla., as a colonel
5. July 2006 - February 2007, executive officer to the Commander, USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, Fla., as a colonel

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,000
Aircraft flown: AC-130H, MC-130E, MC-130H, AC-130U and C-130E

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Republic of Korea National Order for Merit, Cheonsu Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device and four oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with three bronze stars
Korea Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
NATO Medal (Former Republic of Yugoslavia)

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 27, 1981
First Lieutenant May 27, 1983
Captain May 27, 1985
Major Oct. 1, 1993
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 1998
Colonel July 1, 2003
Brigadier General Aug. 2, 2008


(Current as of June 2010)