W. Kipling At Lee Jr., a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Deputy General Counsel for National Security and Military Affairs, Department of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for providing legal advice to the Secretary of the Air Force, the assistant secretaries, the General Counsel and officials of the Secretariat and Air Staff on matters pertaining to military personnel, intelligence, counterintelligence and national security, as well as administrative and criminal investigations.
Mr. At Lee is a 1968 graduate of Missouri Valley College, summa cum laude. He earned a Juris Doctor degree with honors from the University of Texas in Austin.
Mr. At Lee began his association with the Air Force serving as a navigator in the RF-4C Phantom, flying more than 1,300 hours, including 180 combat missions, before entering a career as an Air Force attorney. He has served in locations throughout the world. In previous positions, he served as U.S. Air Force Judiciary Director, as senior legal counsel for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and as senior legal counsel at all other levels of command. Mr. At Lee is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, Supreme Court of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
1968 Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, summa cum laude, Missouri Valley College
1977 Juris Doctor with honors, University of Texas, Austin
1983 Air Command and Staff College
1989 Air War College
1. April 1969 - January 1970, distinguished graduate, navigator training school, Mather Air Force Base, Calif.
2. January 1970 - November 1970, student, RF-4C combat crew training, Bergstrom AFB, Texas
3. November 1970 - September 1971, RF-4C navigator, 22nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
4. September 1971 - September 1972, wing navigator and standardization and evaluation navigator, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Udorn Royal Thai AFB, Thailand
5. September 1972 - August 1974, RF-4C instructor navigator, 45th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Bergstrom AFB, Texas
6. September 1974 - August 1977, student, Air Force Institute of Technology, University of Texas School of Law, Austin
7. August 1977 - May 1979, Chief of Claims and Civil Law, Lowry Technical Training Center, Denver, Colo.
8. May 1979 - July 1981, Chief Circuit Trial Counsel, 5th Circuit, Travis AFB, Calif.
9. July 1981 - July 1984, Staff Judge Advocate, 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Royal Air Force Alconbury, England
10. July 1984 - May 1987, Chief Circuit Defense Counsel, 1st Circuit, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
11. July 1987 - August 1990, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 5th Air Force and U.S. Forces Japan, Yokota Air Base, Japan
12. September 1990 - May 1993, Chief of Military Justice, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and Air Force Legal Services Agency, Washington, D.C.
13. May 1993 - July 1995, Staff Judge Advocate, 12th Air Force and U.S. Southern Command Air Forces, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
14. July 1995 - July 1997, Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
15. July 1997 - July 1998, Director, U.S. Air Force Judiciary, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
16. July 1998 - present, Deputy General Counsel for National Security and Military Affairs, Department of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross with three oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with two silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation medal
Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service
2004 Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Air Force Association
Senior Executives Association
Federal Bar Association
Adjunct faculty member, The Judge Advocate General's School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
"Opening Statements, The Master Trial Advocate's Edition," Air Force Law Review, Vol. 27, 1987
"Court-Martial Panel Selection," The Reporter, Vol. 21, No. 3, 1995