Col Rick T. Johns

Deputy Director for Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations & Chief Information Officer, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command

Col Rick T. Johns

Colonel Rick T. Johns (“Rico”) serves as the Deputy Director for Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations & Chief Information Officer, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright- Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for shaping the cyber workforce and cyber infrastructure for operations to test, field and sustain agile war-winning capabilities. He formulates policy and guidance for information technology operations and directs activities to implement a $120 million annual operations budget supporting 80,000 customers across eight military installations and multiple geographically separated units. He oversees a portfolio of 900 systems, providing guidance for $1.2 billion in capital investments, ensuring security of classified and unclassified networks and supporting risk assessment activities. He also assists the Director in the command’s flight and test policy, and resource allocation for flight management, airfield services, weather services and command and control operations and plans.

Colonel Johns was born on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida and is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Troy State University with a Master of Science in National Security Affairs. He has deployed/forward deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. He has served in various leadership positions at squadron, group, wing, and staff levels.

EDUCATION:

1990 – Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
1993 – Basic Communications and Information Officer Training, Kessler AFB, Mississippi
1998 – Master of Science in National Security Affairs, Troy State University, Troy, Alabama
1998 – Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2001 – Advanced Communications and Information Officer Training, Kessler AFB, Mississippi
2003 – Air Command and Staff College (correspondence)
2004 – Joint and Combined Warfighting School – Intermediate Level, National Defense University, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia
2007 – Air Operations Center Falconer Operator Qualification Course, 505th Training Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida
2010 – Air War College (correspondence)
2011 – Cyber 300, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2015 – Cyber 400, National Defense University

ASSIGNMENTS:

1993 – Student, Communications – Computer Systems Officer Course, 333rd Technical Training Squadron, Kessler AFB, Mississippi
1994 – Systems Flight Commander and Officer in Charge, Combat Crew Communications, 416th Communications Squadron, Griffiss AFB, New York
1995 – Command and Control Systems Manager, HQ Air Combat Command, Command and Control Division, Langley AFB, Virginia
1997 – Section Chief, Communication and Information Systems, NATO AIRCENT Combined Air Operations Center, Messtetten, Germany
2000 – Chief, Special Operations Communications Branch, Air Mobility Command, Tanker Airlift Control Center, Scott AFB, Illinois
2003 – Chief, US European Command Computer Network Operations/Information Operations Planner, US Strategic Command, Joint Information Operations Center, San Antonio, Texas
2006 – Infrastructure Flight Commander, 96th Communications Squadron, Eglin AFB, Florida
2007 – Air Force Forces Communications Control Center Chief Operations Officer and Deputy Operations and Engineering Division Chief, Combined Air Operations Center, Al Udeid AB, Qatar
2008 – Chief, Plans and Programs, Base Readiness and Base Realignment and Closure, 96th ABW, Eglin AFB, Florida
2009 – Commander, 88th Communications Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2011 – Deputy Commander, 72d Mission Support Group, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
2014 – Director, Air Force Personnel Operations Activity, Joint Base San Antonio – Randolph, Texas 2015 – Commander, 88th Communications Group, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2017 – Deputy Director for Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations & Chief Information Officer, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

DECORATIONS:

Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star
Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War On Terrorism Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

Second Lieutenant – 26 May 1993
First Lieutenant – 26 May 1995
Captain – 26 May 1997
Major – 1 July 2003
Lieutenant Colonel – 1 August 2008
Colonel – 1 November 2014

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