Mr. Michael PENLAND
Mr. Michael Penland is the Principal Director, Operational Energy Policy and Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Operational Energy, Washington, D.C. where he leads the development of the Air Force Operational Energy strategy, Operational Energy policy, and guidance for integration and implementation across the Air Force.
Mr. Penland began his career in 1981 as an enlisted air traffic controller, 1928th Communications Group, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. He was commissioned in 1987 and selected for undergraduate pilot training at Vance AFB, OK. During more than 25 years of active military service, Mr. Penland served as an air traffic controller, airfield manager, B-52G/H pilot, T-37 instructor pilot, and B-1 instructor and operational test pilot. He has served in a broad range of Air Force staff, leadership, and command positions including standardization and evaluation pilot, flight commander, assistant operations officer, operations officer, and squadron commander.
Following his military retirement, Mr. Penland continued his service to the Department of the Air Force as the point-man for Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, managing operational issues for the BRAC 2005 bed down of the Joint Strike Fighter and 7th Special Forces Group on the Eglin complex. Mr. Penland was hand-picked to be the government lead for the Gulf Regional Airspace Strategic Initiative. A collaborative effort that brought together all the military services and communities at the local and state level to successfully develop strategies to integrate all military missions with civilian aviation and other requirements efficiently into Northwest Florida. In 2010, Mr. Penland was assigned as the Chief, Operational Basing and Operational Encroachment, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He was responsible for operational encroachment, mission sustainment, aviation energy, and strategic basing within the Operations, Plans, and Requirements Directorate. He was a member of the Basing Requirements Review Panel, subject matter expert and an advisor to the Strategic Basing Executive Steering Group, and the Air Force operational representative to the DoD Siting Clearinghouse.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Penland was the Chief of Combat Air Force Aviation Energy Current Operations, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Operational Energy, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
1987 Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Texas at San Antonio
1994 Squadron Officer School, in-residence, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1995 Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
2002 Army Command and General Staff College, in-residence, Ft Leavenworth, Kan.
1. January 1981–January 1985, enlisted Air Traffic Controller, MacDill AFB, Fla.
2. August 1987–December 1987, student Officer Training School, Lackland AFB, Texas
3. December 1987–June 1991, Airfield Manager, student Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, Okla.
4. June 1991–January 1992, student B-52 combat crew training, Castle AFB, Calif.
5. January 1992–August 1994, B-52G/H Standardization and Evaluation Pilot, Executive Officer, Barksdale AFB, La.
6. August 1994–November 1994, student T-37 Pilot Instructor Training, Randolph AFB, Texas
7. November 1994–June 1997, T-37 IP, Operations Group & Wing Executive Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, Laughlin AFB, Texas
8. June 1997–June 2001, B-1 Instructor Pilot, Standardization & Evaluation Pilot, Assistant Operations Officer, Dyess AFB, Texas
9. June 2001–June 2002, student Army Command & General Staff College, in-residence, Ft Leavenworth, Kan.
10. June 2002–June 2006, OT&E Test Pilot, Division Chief, Operations Officer, Squadron Commander, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
11. June 2006–June 2010, 46 OSS Technical Director and later Air Armament Center Plans and Programs, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Fla.
12. June 2010–June 2014, Chief Operational Basing and Encroachment Management, Aviation Energy, Pentagon
13. June 2014–January 2016, Program Manager and Senior Operations Contributor, Marstel-Day LLC, Va.
14. February 2016–October 2016, Chief CAF Aviation Energy Current Operations, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Operational Energy, Pentagon
15. October 2016–Present, Principal Director, Air Force Operational Energy Policy, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Operational Energy, Pentagon
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 2,500
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, F-16, B-52G, B-52H, and B-1B
Leadership Award, Undergraduate Pilot Training
2002 Excellence in Briefing Award, Army Command and General Staff College
2008 and 2009 Air Force Civilian Notable Achievement Award
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Combat Readiness Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
(Current as of March 2017)