Col Jennifer Hlavaty

Commander of the 435th Air and Space Communications Group

Col Jennifer Hlavaty

Colonel Jennifer Hlavaty is the Commander of the 435th Air and Space Communications Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. She leads 547 Airmen in three diverse squadrons providing United States Air Forces in Europe’s only combat communications, specialized maintenance, and command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, United States European Command, and United States Africa Command. Her responsibilities include combat readiness of theater deployable communications assets valued at $150 million; operations and maintenance of the theater’s Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System and Global Command and Control System as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance networks serving 2,200 users at 22 operating locations; and specialized maintenance of communications systems valued at $10 billion across the command’s 104-country Area of Responsibility.

Colonel Hlavaty received her commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1997. She has commanded two squadrons, the 33d Combat Communications Squadron and the 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, and has served in a variety of staff assignments. As a Joint Doctrine Development Officer for the Joint Staff, she developed the technical portfolio of joint and NATO doctrine to include cyberspace and electromagnetic spectrum operations. Most recently, she served as the Theater Operations Division Chief for the Headquarters, United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa Directorate of Communications. Colonel Hlavaty has served in Afghanistan and Iraq.


1997 Bachelor of Science, Information and Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh, PA
2002  Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB), AL
2003  Master of Science, Political Science, Auburn University, AL
2005 Strategic Policy Intern, Air Force Intern Program, Pentagon, DC
2007 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL (by correspondence)
2013  Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL (by correspondence)
2014  Joint Forces Staff College (JPME II), National Defense University, Norfolk Naval Air Station, VA
2017 Master of Science, Airpower Strategy and Technology Integration, Center for Strategy and Technology, Maxwell AFB, AL


1. Aug 97–Jul 98 – Deputy Chief of Protocol, 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base (AB), Republic of Korea
2. Jul 98–Nov 98 – Student, Basic Communications Officer Training, Keesler AFB, MS
3. Dec 98–Jul 00 – Theater Infrastructure Architect, USAFE Computer Systems Squadron, Ramstein AB, Germany
4. Jul 00–Jul 01 – Support Flight Commander, 786th Communications Squadron, Ramstein AB, Germany
5. Jul 01–Nov 02 – Flight Commander, Air and Space Basic Course Instructor, 36th TrainingSquadron, Maxwell AFB, AL
6. Nov 02 –Jul 04 – Executive Officer, Squadron Officer College, Maxwell AFB, AL
7. Aug 04–Jun 05 – Air Force Intern, Headquarters USAF, Pentagon, DC
8. Jun 05 – Mar 06 – C4 Systems Branch Chief, HQ Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)/A6, Hurlburt Field, FL
9. Mar 06 – Apr 07 – Special Actions Officer, Legislative Liaison, HQ AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, FL
10. Apr 07 – Dec 07 – Aide de Camp to the Commander, HQ AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, FL
11. Dec 07 – Jun 08 – Tactical Communications Flight Commander, 1st Special Operations Communications Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL
12. Jul 08 – Jul 10 – Commander, 33d Combat Communications Squadron, Tinker AFB, OK (including Jul – Dec 09 as Commander, 407th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, Talil AB, Iraq)
13. Jul 10–Jul 13 – Cyber Defense Branch Chief, HQ AF Space Command/A3, Peterson AFB, CO
14. Jul 13 – Jun 16 – Joint Doctrine Development Officer, the Joint Staff/J7, Suffolk, VA
15. Jul 16 – Jul 17 – Blue Horizons Fellow, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
16. Jul 17 – Jun 18 – Theater Operations Division Chief, HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA/A6, Ramstein AB, Germany
17. Jun 18 – Present – Commander, 435th Air and Space Communications Group, Ramstein AB, Germany


Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with Five Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Air and Space Campaign Medal


Second Lieutenant – April 27, 1997
First Lieutenant – June 16, 1999
Captain – June 16, 2001
Major – April 1, 2007
Lieutenant Colonel – Dec 1, 2011
Colonel – Mar 1, 2018

(Current as of Aug 2018)


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