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Lieutenant General Walter E. Buchanan III, BS, MS, AM, MSM, LM, DSSM, DSM, DDSM

 

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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Lieutenant General Walter E. Buchanan III, BS, MS, AM, MSM, LM, DSSM, DSM, DDSM

Lieutenant General Walter E. Buchanan III is a retired senior general officer of the United States Air Force and a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College. He has a distinguished record of ethical leadership and more than 30 years of extensive experience. His last duty assignment before his retirement in 2006, was as the Commander, 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces at Shaw Air Force Base South Carolina. The command comprises four wings in the eastern United States and four direct reporting units, with more than 350 aircraft and 24,000 active-duty and civilian personnel. He is also responsible for the operational readiness of 18 9th Air Force-gained National Guard and Air Force Reserve units comprising the Air Reserve component.  As the Air Component Commander for U.S. Central Command, the general is responsible for developing contingency plans and conducting air operations in a 27-nation area of responsibility covering Central and Southwest Asia and the Horn of Africa.

Lieutenant General Buchanan, commissioned through the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1972, earned his pilot wings in August 1973 at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, and began his flying career as a T-38 instructor pilot at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. In subsequent assignments he was assigned to Germany, Iceland, the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he served in numerous operational, command and staff positions. The general has commanded at the squadron, group, wing and joint task force levels, and was the Commander of Air Force Recruiting Service. His staff tours include assignments to Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Headquarters Air Force, the Joint Staff, and as Deputy Director of Allied Command Europe Reaction Force Air Staff, NATO.

Lieutenant General Buchanan also previously served as Deputy Combined Forces Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, and the Commander of Joint Task Force Southwest Asia, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia.  He conducted the day-to-day execution of air operations in support of the war in Afghanistan and enforcement of the southern no-fly zone over Iraq. As the Deputy Commander of Air Force Forces in Southwest Asia, he was responsible for the bed-down and provisioning of aircraft and airmen in preparation for Operation Iraqi Freedom and remained the DCOMAFFOR throughout the major combat operations phase, playing a key role in the day-to-day planning and execution of airpower operations. During his two-and-a-half years as Combined Forces Air Component Commander and Commander of Air Force Forces, USCENTCOM, he was responsible for planning and executing airpower operations in the USCENTCOM area of responsibility. He provided airlift; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; search and rescue; and close air support for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom as well as Combined/Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa.

Lieutenant General Buchanan is rated as a command pilot with more than 3,800 flight hours. He has flown the F-15C/D/E, F-4, OV-10, AT-38B and T-38.

Lieutenant General Buchanan’s professional leadership experience includes:

  • 2014 to present: Member, Board of Directors at Loudoun Cares
  • 2011 to present: Member, Advisory Board, National Security Associates Worldwide
  • 2011 to present: President, WEB Star Group, LLC
  • 2010 to present: Member, IFHC Quality Board, INOVA Fairfax Hospital for Children
  • 2006 to present: Strategic Business Advisor
  • 2006-2011: Senior Vice President, Engineering and Information Technology Sector, Alion Science and Technology
  • 2007-2010: Member, Global Engagement Department Advisory Board, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2003-2006: Commander, 9th Air Force and United States Central Command Air Forces, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina
  • 2002-2003: Deputy Combined Forces Air Component Commander, United States Central Command; Commander, Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia; and Vice Commander, 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force, United States Central Command, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia
  • 2002-2002: Commander, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia, and Commander, 9th Aerospace Expeditionary Task Force Southwest Asia, United States Central Command, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Deputy Combined Forces Air Component Commander for United States Central Command
  • 2000-2002: Director of Operations and Training, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • 2000-2000: Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • 1998-2000: Commander, 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida
  • 1997-1998: Deputy Director, Allied Command Europe Reaction Force Air Staff, NATO, Kalkar, Germany
  • 1996-1997: Commander and Director, Air Force Recruiting Service, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
  • 1995-1996: Deputy for Current Plans, Joint Staff, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • 1994-1995: Chief, Joint Operations Division, U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command Branch, Joint Staff, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • 1993-1994: Vice Commander, 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force, Lakenheath, England
  • 1992-1993: Commander, 48th Support Group, Royal Air Force, Lakenheath, England
  • 1991-1992: Student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  • 1990-1991: Assistant Deputy Commander for Operations, 479th Tactical Training Wing, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
  • 1998-1990: Commander, 436th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
  • 1987-1988: AT-38 Lead-in Fighter Training Instructor Pilot and Operations Officer, 433rd Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
  • 1985-1987: Action Officer and Chief, Joint Doctrine Division, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia
  • 1984-1985: Student, Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • 1983-1984: Flight Commander and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 57th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Keflavik Naval Station, Iceland
  • 1980-1983: F-4 Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander, 68th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia
  • 1980-1980: F-4 Pilot Training, 308th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Homestead Air Force Base, Florida
  • 1977-1979: OV-10 Forward Air Controller and Flight Examiner, 704th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Sembach Air Base, West Germany
  • 1974-1976: T-38 Instructor Pilot, 50th Flying Training Squadron, Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi
  • 1973-1973: T-38 Instructor Pilot Training, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
  • 1972-1973: Student Pilot, Sheppard  Air Force Base, Texas

Lieutenant General Buchanan graduated in 1972 from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Science. His other education and training include:

  • 2001: National Security Leadership Course, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
  • 1997: Senior Executives in National and International Security, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • 1992: National War College, Fort Leslie J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  • 1984: Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • 1979: Master of Science in Management, Troy State University

Lieutenant General Buchanan’s major military decorations include:

  • Defense Distinguished Service Medal
  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Defense Superior Service Medal
  • Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
  • Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
  • Air Medal

As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Lieutenant General Walter E. Buchanan III is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.