Gregory A. Alston, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Deputy Chief of Safety, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and Executive Director of the Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. The center develops, implements, executes and evaluates Air Force aviation, ground, weapons, space and system mishap prevention, and nuclear surety programs to preserve combat readiness. Additional missions are to conduct research to promote safety awareness and mishap prevention; oversee mishap investigations, evaluate corrective actions and ensure implementation; and develop and direct safety and operational risk management education.
Mr. Alston, a California native, received his bachelor of science degree in aviation management from Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colo., in 1974. He was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps while completing a master of business administration degree at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. A distinguished graduate of his pilot training, he is a command pilot with more than 2,000 flying hours in the F-4, F-16, AT-38 and F-117A. He served in numerous operational and staff assignments, and began his career in the field of safety as Chief of Flight Safety Programs at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Alston left the Pentagon in 1995 to be Chief of Safety, 49th Fighter Wing at Holloman AFB, N.M., where his unit won the National Safety Council Award of Honor and the U.S. Air Force Explosives Safety Award for their overall safety programs. While at Holloman, he was selected as Commander, 49th Operations Support Squadron, and led his squadron during Operation Desert Strike, Kuwait. He went on to serve as Deputy Division Chief for Safety Plans, Programs and Policies for the Air Force Safety Center, and Director of Safety for the Air Combat Command at Langley AFB, Va. At the ACC, his efforts led to record reductions in flight and ground mishap rates and won the Secretary of the Air Force?s Mr. Will L. Tubbs award for the best ground safety program. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Deputy Chief of Safety and Chief for the Safety Issues Division at the Pentagon. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in the grade of colonel and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2003. Mr. Alston is the author of a textbook and numerous magazine cover stories, and he has served as an assistant adjunct professor to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 1988.
1972 Associate?s degree as professional pilot, San Bernardino Valley College, Calif.
1974 Bachelor?s degree in aviation management, Denver Metropolitan State College, Colo.
1975 Master of business administration degree, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
1980 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1985 Master?s degree in aeronautical science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
1986 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1991 Chief of Safety Course, Norton AFB, Calif.
1996 Air War College
1997 Aircraft Mishap Investigation Course, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
1998 Safety Investigation Board President?s Course, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
2004 Senior Leader Development Course, Center for Creative Leadership, LaJolla, Calif.
1975 - 1976, Chief, Quality Force Section, Consolidated Base Personnel Office, Reese AFB, Texas
1977 - 1978, student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB, Texas
1979 - 1981, F-4 pilot and Chief of Training, Torrejon Air Base, Spain
1981 - 1983, air liaison officer, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Nurnberg, West Germany
1983, student, F-16A Replacement Training Unit, Luke AFB, Ariz.
1983 - 1986, F-16 instructor pilot, flight commander, wing executive officer and protocol officer, 10th Fighter Squadron, Hahn AB, West Germany
1986 - 1987, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1987 - 1990, Chief of Airspace Coordination, and Chief of European and Pacific Fighter Deployments, Headquarters Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB, Va.
1990 - 1991, F-16C pilot and assistant operations officer, 80th Fighter Squadron, Kunsan AB, South Korea
1991 - 1994, Chief of Flight Safety Programs, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
1995 - 1996, AT-38 instructor pilot and Chief of Safety, 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, N.M.
1996 - 1997, F-117A pilot and Commander, 49th Operations Support Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.
1997 - 1999, Deputy Chief of Safety Policy, Plans and Programs Division, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
1999 - 2001, F-16CJ pilot and Chief of Safety, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
2001 - 2003, Deputy Chief of Safety, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
2003 - present, Deputy Chief of Safety, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and Executive Director of the Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
AWARDS AND HONORS
1977 Distinguished graduate, Undergraduate Pilot Training
1982 Air Liaison Officer of the Year, 17th Air Force
1983 Top Academic Award, F-16A RTU
1987 Outstanding performer, Air Command and Staff College
1995 National Safety Award of Honor
1995 U.S. Air Force Weapons Safety Achievement Award
1996 ?Top Gun? Award, F-117A RTU
1996 Top research paper out of 1,100 students, Air War College
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
2001-2003 Executive Council to the Commercial Aviation Safety Team
2001-2003 Advisory Council to the Global Aviation Information Network
2002 - present Voting member, Advisory Council to the Center for Aerospace Safety and Security Education
Cover stories in 24 issues of Combat Edge Safety Magazine, Air Combat Command, 1999-2001
How Safe is Safe Enough: Leadership, Safety and Risk Management, Ashgate Publishing, 2003
?How Safe is Safe Enough?,? Airport Safety and Security Magazine, 2004