Harry C. Disbrow Jr., a member of the Senior Executive Service, is deputy director of operational requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. In this position he establishes policy for operational requirements. The directorate supports major commands in developing and evaluating requirements for Air Force-wide modernization programs including fighters, bombers, mobility aircraft, space systems, command and control, munitions and missile defense. He is responsible for shaping and finalizing mission need statements and operational requirements documents for approval by the Air Force corporate structure and the Joint Requirements Oversight Council. He directs and supervises the activities of more than 150 military and civilian employees in 11 divisions, including the program element monitors, requirements officers, weapon systems experts, and professional, technical and clerical staffers.
Disbrow served in the Air Force from June 1970 until he retired as a colonel in September 1997. While on active duty as a career fighter pilot, he amassed more than 3,000 flying hours, including 1,800-plus in all models of the F-15 Eagle. He held several key operational positions to include deputy group commander, squadron commander, operations officer and chief of wing standardization and evaluation. As a staff officer, he was assigned to U.S. Central Command and Headquarters U.S. Air Force as chief of three air staff divisions -- Weapons and Nuclear Deterrence Division, Combat Forces Division, and the Quadrennial Defense Review Modernization Division. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1997. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as chief of the Quadrennial Defense Review Modernization Division at Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
1970 Bachelor of arts degree in business administration, University of Washington
1976 Master's degree in business administration, Oklahoma City University
1. June 1970 - November 1972, supply management officer, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.
2. December 1972 - December 1973, student, undergraduate pilot training, Webb Air Force Base, Texas
3. January 1974 - July 1978, T-38 instructor pilot and flight examiner, Vance Air Force Base, Okla.
4. August 1978 - March 1979, F-15A Replacement Training Unit, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
5. April 1979 - May 1982, F-15 pilot, 525th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bitburg Air Base, West Germany
6. June 1982 - July 1984, F-15 instructor pilot, 426th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
7. August 1984 - January 1985, student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
8. February 1985 - October 1987, staff officer, Air Operations Branch, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
9. November 1987 - October 1992, chief of wing standardization and evaluation; later, operations officer, 550th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron; later, commander, 461st Tactical Fighter Training Squadron; later, operations group deputy commander, 58th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
10. November 1992 - December 1996, chief, Weapons and Nuclear Deterrence Division, later, chief, Combat Forces Division, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
11. January 1997 - September 1997, chief, Quadrennial Defense Review Modernization Division, Directorate of Operational Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
12. October 1997 - present, deputy director of operational requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,000
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38 and F-15A/C/E
AWARDS AND HONORS
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters