Colonel JEFF McMASTER

Col Jeff McMaster is the Deputy Commander, 27th Special Operations Wing, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. The 27 SOW plans, postures and executes precision strike, specialized mobility, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions with special operations forces. The wing is organized into four groups and 24 squadrons equipped with specialized aircraft that includes AC-130J, CV-22, MC-130J, MQ-9, PC-12 and the U-28.

Col McMaster received his commission in May 2002 from Air Force Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He is a command pilot with more than 3,800 flying hours and has deployed in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, RESOLUTE SUPPORT and FREEDOM’S SENTINEL. Prior to his current position, Col McMaster was the Deputy Director, Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida.

 

EDUCATION

1995 Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX 2008 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala

2009 Master’s Degree, Acquisition and Contract Administration, University of West Florida, Pensacola 2012 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

2014 Master’s Degree, Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Cal 2021 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

2023 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. May 2002 – August 2002, Officer Training School Student, Maxwell Air Force Base Ala
  2. August 2002 – May 2003, Student Pilot, 479 Flying Training Squadron, Moody AFB, Ga.
  3. May 2003 – November 2003, Student Pilot, VT-31, Corpus Christi, Tex
  4. November 2003 – December 2004, AC-130H Special Operations Student Pilot, 19th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla
  5. December 2004 – November 2006, AC-130H Pilot, 16th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla
  6. November 2006 – August 2009, AC-130H Instructor Pilot, 16th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla
  7. August 2009 – June 2011, AC-130H Instructor Pilot / Weapons Officer, 16th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla
  8. June 2011 – June 2013, Assistant Operations Officer, 16th Special Operations Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM
  9. June 2013 – December 2014, Student, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif
  10. January 2015 – June 2017, Executive Officer to the Director of Operations, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla
  11. October 2017 – February 2019, Operations Officer, 73rd Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla
  12. February 2019 – July 2020, Commander, 73rd Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla
  13. July 2020 – July 2022, Force Development Chief, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla
  14. July 2022 – May 2023, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
  15. May 2023 – June 2024, Deputy Director, Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla
  16. June 2024 – Present, Deputy Commander, 27th Special Operations Wing, Cannon AFB, NM

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating: Command Pilot Flight Hours: 3806

Aircraft flown: T-6, T-44, AC-130H, AC-130J

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Legion of Merit

Bronze Star

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters Joint Service Achievement Medal

Air Medal with three silver leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster Air Force Achievement Medal

Meritorious Unit Award with silver oak leaf cluster

AF Outstanding Unit Award with V device with one oak leaf cluster

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant August 16, 2002

First Lieutenant August 16, 2004

Captain August 16, 2006

Major October 1, 2012

Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 2017

Colonel June 1, 2023

 

(CURRENT AS OF JUNE 2024)