Lieutenant General Scott A. Kindsvater


2019

  • Last updated: 04 Oct. 2019 12:18

Lieutenant General Kindsvater is the 22nd Deputy Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Military Committee. He assists the Chairman's role as principal adviser to the NATO Secretary General and senior military spokesman of the 29-nation alliance. He also advises the Deputy Secretary General, leads coordination of nuclear, biological and chemical matters and, in the Chairman's absence, directs daily operations and the business of the Military Committee, NATO's highest military authority.

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General Kindsvater was commissioned in 1989 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is an F-15E weapons school graduate and instructor. General Kindsvater is a command pilot with more than 3,600 hours of flight time, to include more than 600 combat hours over Iraq and Afghanistan. He has held various staff assignments to include 9th Air Force, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Office of the Defense Representative-Pakistan, the Joint Staff and Military Fellow to U.S. Senator Pat Roberts. He commanded the 336th Fighter Squadron, the 336th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron three times, was commandant of the USAF Weapons School, commanded the 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing, the 82nd Training Wing, and an Expeditionary Task Force.

Prior to his current assignment, he was the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Intelligence, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Casteau, Belgium.

EDUCATION

  • 1989 - Bachelor’s degree in General Studies, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
  • 1995 - U.S. Air Force Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis Air Force Base, NV
  • 1996 - Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 2000 - National Defense Fellow, Certificate of Legislative Studies, GAI, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  • 2001 - Master’s degree in military art and sciences, Touro University International
  • 2007 - Master’s degree in strategic studies, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA
  • 2009 - National Security Studies Course, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • 2010 - Senior Manager Course in National Security, Elliott School, George Washington University, Washington DC
  • 2012 - Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • 2014 - Capstone Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC
  • 2015 - Senior Joint Information Operations Application Course, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • 2017 - NATO General Officer Course, NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy
  • 2019 - Senior International Defense Management Course, Defense Resources Management Institute, Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. July 1989 – August 1990, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Williams AFB, AZ
  2. August 1990 – May 1991, F-15E Student, RTU, 461st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, AZ
  3. May 1991 – March 1996, Instructor Pilot, Flight Lead and Mission Commander, 335th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
  4. March 1996 – October 1999, Flight Commander and Instructor Pilot, F-15E Division, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV
  5. October 1999 – November 2001, National Defense Fellow to U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, U.S. Senate, Washington, DC
  6. November 2000 – November 2001, Chief of Congressional Engagement, Congressional Action Division, Office of Legislative Liaison Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, DC
  7. November 2001 – June 2003, Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, 9th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Central, Shaw AFB, SC
  8. June 2003 – May 2006, Assistant Director of Operations, 335th Fighter Squadron; then Commander, 336th FS and 336th EFS, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
  9. July 2006 – June 2007, Student, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA
  10. June 2007 – June 2008, Commandant, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV
  11. August 2009 – June 2011, Chief, Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Division, Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5; then Joint Staff Representative to the Joint Chiefs of Staff Working Group; then Executive Assistant to the Director of the Joint Staff, the Joint Staff, Arlington, VA
  12. July 2011 – July 2012, Commander, 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing, Moody AFB, GA
  13. August 2012 – August 2013, Deputy for Security Cooperation, Office of Defense Representative, U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan
  14. September 2013 – June 2015, Commander, 82nd Training Wing, Sheppard AFB, TX
  15. June 2015 – May 2016, Assistant Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, and Assistant Vice Commander, 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force, Shaw AFB, SC
  16. May 2016 – May 2017, Deputy Commander – Operations and Intelligence, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, U.S. Central Command; Director, Joint Air Component Element and Commander 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force – Levant, Southwest Asia
  17. July 2017 – July 2019, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Intelligence, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Casteau, Belgium
  18. September 2019- current, Deputy Chairman, NATO Military Committee, Brussels, Belgium

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS

  1. August 2009 – June 2011, Chief, Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Division, Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5; then Joint Staff Representative to the Joint Chiefs of Staff Working Group; then Executive Assistant to the Director of the Joint Staff, the Joint Staff, Arlington, VA, as a Colonel
  2. August 2012 – August 2013, Deputy for Security Cooperation, Office of Defense Representative, U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan, as a Brigadier General
  3. May 2016 – May 2017, Deputy Commander – Operations and Intelligence, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, U.S. Central Command; Director, Joint Air Component Element; and Commander 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force – Levant, Southwest Asia, as a Major General
  4. July 2017 – July 2019, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Intelligence, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Casteau, Belgium, as a Major General
  5. September 2019 – current, Deputy Chairman, NATO Military Committee, Brussels, Belgium as a Lieutenant General

FLIGHT INFORMATION

  • Rating: Command Pilot
  • Flight Hours: More than 3,600 (600+ combat)
  • Aircraft Flown: F-15E

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

  •  Defense Superior Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
  • Legion of Merit with three oak leaf cluster
  • Bronze Star
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
  • Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters
  • Aerial Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal with combat device
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Combat Action Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTIONS

  •  Second Lieutenant May 1989
  • First Lieutenant June 1991
  • Captain June 1993
  • Major July 1999
  • Lieutenant Colonel March 2003
  • Colonel January 2007
  • Brigadier General November 2012
  • Major General August 2016
  • Lieutenant General September 2019