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BRIGADIER GENERAL THERESA C. CARTER

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Brig. Gen. Theresa C. Carter is the Commander, 502nd Air Base Wing, and Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, which includes Randolph and Lackland Air Force bases, Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis. The 8,000-person 502nd ABW consolidates 49 installation management support functions for a military community with an annual operating budget of more than $700 million and a $10.9 billion plant replacement value. It encompasses more than 80,000 full-time personnel, 145,000 students and a retiree community of more than 250,000. The 502nd ABW also supports in excess of $4.5 billion in directed Base Closure and Realignment and other major projects.

General Carter entered the Air Force in September 1985 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Purdue University. A career civil engineer, she has served in a variety of positions at the base, major command and Air Staff levels, and commanded a civil engineer squadron, mission support group and an air base wing. Her contingency experience includes service in support of Operation Desert Shield, and command of a civil engineer unit in support of Operation Southern Watch. In 1997, she was named the Air Force Senior Civil Engineer Manager of the Year.

EDUCATION
1985 Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.
1988 Master of Science degree in industrial engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman
1989 Distinguished graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1998 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1999 Air War College, by correspondence
2003 Distinguished graduate, Master of Science degree in national resource strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2007 USAF Senior Leadership Course, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.
2008 Senior Executive Fellows Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. September 1985 - July 1987, industrial engineer, 2854th Civil Engineer Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla.
2. August 1987 - December 1988, graduate student, industrial engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology Civilian Institute Program, University of Oklahoma, Norman
3. January 1989 - March 1991, Chief of Industrial Engineering; Hurricane Hugo Recovery Program Manager; and Chief, Production and Materiel Management, 363rd Civil Engineer Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.
4. April 1991 - April 1992, operations flight commander, 673rd Civil Engineer Squadron, Shemya AFB, Alaska
5. April 1992 - December 1995, Environmental Program Manager; Environmental Compliance Program Manager; special assistant and, later, executive officer to the Civil Engineer, Civil Engineer Directorate, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
6. December 1995 - July 1997, operations flight commander, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany
7. August 1997 - June 1998, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. June 1998 - June 2000, Military Construction Program Manager and Chief, Housing Operations Branch, Office of the Civil Engineer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
9. June 2000 - July 2002, Commander, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
10. August 2002 - August 2003, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
11. August 2003 - June 2005, Commander, 42nd Mission Support Group, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
12. June 2005 - January 2006, Vice Commander, 78th Air Base Wing, Robins AFB, Ga.
13. January 2006 - January 2008, Commander, 78th Air Base Wing, Robins AFB, Ga.
14. January 2008 - July 2011, Director of Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
15. July 2011 - present, Commander, 502d Air Base Wing, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device, silver and bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with three oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait)

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1997 Senior Civil Engineer Manager of the Year, USAF
2003 Award for Excellence in Logistics Research and Writing, Defense Logistics Agency
2010 Outstanding Industrial Engineer Alumni, Purdue University
2011 Purdue University ROTC Hall of Fame
Registered Professional Engineer, Virginia

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant July 9, 1985
First Lieutenant July 9, 1987
Captain July 9, 1989
Major Aug. 1, 1996
Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 1999
Colonel Aug. 1, 2003
Brigadier General May 7, 2010

(Current as of April 2012)






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