Lt. Gen. Steven R. Polk is the Inspector General of the Air Force, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. He oversees Air Force inspection policy, criminal investigations, counterintelligence operations, intelligence oversight, complaints, and fraud, waste and abuse programs. He is also responsible for two field operating agencies - the Air Force Inspection Agency and Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
General Polk graduated and was commissioned from the U.S. Air Force Academy in June 1968 with a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering. Prior to his current assignment, he was Vice Commander, Pacific Air Forces. Other assignments include worldwide flying duty and a tour as an instructor and assistant professor of engineering mechanics at the academy. Staff appointments include Director of Operations at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces and Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations at Headquarters Allied Air Forces Northwestern Europe, NATO, as well as duty at Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Headquarters U.S. Air Force. General Polk has commanded a tactical fighter squadron, a tactical training wing, an operations group, two fighter wings and a numbered air force.
1968 Bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1974 Master of science degree in engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe
1988 Master of arts degree in national security and strategic studies, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
1998 Syracuse/Johns Hopkins National Security Leadership Course, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
1998 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. August 1968 - August 1969, student, undergraduate pilot training, Craig AFB, Ala.
2. September 1969 - December 1969, student, pilot instructor training, Perrin AFB, Texas
3. December 1969 - December 1972, instructor pilot and class commander, Craig AFB, Ala.
4. January 1973 - May 1974, graduate student, Arizona State University, Tempe
5. June 1974 - May 1978, instructor and assistant professor of engineering mechanics, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
6. June 1978 - October 1978, student, F-111 training, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
7. November 1978 - June 1981, aircraft commander, instructor pilot and flight commander, 55th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Upper Heyford, England
8. June 1981 - July 1983, standardization and evaluation staff officer and F-111E flight examiner, later, Executive Officer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany
9. August 1983 - November 1984, F-16 pilot, 613th Tactical Fighter Squadron, and Chief of Training, 401st Tactical Fighter Wing, Torrejon AB, Spain
10. November 1984 - June 1987, operations officer, later, Commander, 612th Tactical Fighter Squadron, later, Deputy Commander, 401st Combat Support Group, Torrejon AB, Spain
11. July 1987 - June 1988, student, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
12. July 1988 - July 1989, Chief, War and Mobilization Planning Division, later, Deputy Assistant Director of Plans for Joint and National Security Council Matters, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
13. July 1989 - June 1990, Executive Officer to the Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
14. July 1990 - October 1991, Vice Commander, later, Commander, 58th Tactical Training Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
15. October 1991 - June 1992, Commander, 58th Operations Group, Luke AFB, Ariz.
16. July 1992 - June 1993, Commander, 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan AB, South Korea
17. July 1993 - March 1994, Chief, Quality Division, Directorate of Programs and Evaluation, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
18. March 1994 - July 1994, Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans and Policy, Headquarters United Kingdom Air Forces, and Deputy Commander for NATO affairs, Headquarters 3rd Air Force, RAF High Wycombe, England
19. July 1994 - October 1995, Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Allied Air Forces Northwestern Europe, and Deputy Commander for NATO affairs, Headquarters 3rd Air Force, RAF High Wycombe, England
20. November 1995 - May 1997, Commander, 51st Fighter Wing, Osan AB, South Korea
21. May 1997 - May 1999, Director of Air and Space Operations, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
22. May 1999 - January 2002, Commander, 19th Air Force, Randolph AFB, Texas
23. March 2002 - November 2003, Vice Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
24. December 2003 - present, Inspector General of the Air Force, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,400
Aircraft flown: Primarily F-16, F-111 and various trainers
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Order of National Security Merit, Cheonsu Medal, Republic of Korea
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Jun 5, 1968
First Lieutenant Dec 5, 1969
Captain Jun 5, 1971
Major Jan 1, 1980
Lieutenant Colonel Mar 1, 1984
Colonel Jul 1, 1988
Brigadier General Jul 15, 1994
Major General Aug 1, 1997
Lieutenant General Mar 1, 2002