Brigadier General MARK B. PYE

Brig. Gen. Mark B. Pye is the Deputy Director of Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. He assists the Director with strategic planning, establishing requirements and programming advocacy for the nation's Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile force, B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, UH-1N helicopters, the E-4B National Airborne Operations Center Aircraft, and Nuclear Command, Control and Communications systems. Encompassing more than 33,700 people, Air Force Global Strike Command provides combatant commanders with combat-ready forces to conduct strategic nuclear and global strike operations.

Brig. Gen. Pye entered the Air Force in 1994 after commissioning through the U.S. Air Force Academy. His operational experience includes flying combat support missions in the KC-10 during operations Desert Strike, Southern Watch and Allied Force. Following entry into the B-2 program, Brig. Gen. Pye flew combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, became a weapons officer and later led the opening strike mission for Operation Odyssey Dawn in 2011. He has more than 3,600 flying hours, including operational test pilot time in the B-52 having served as Vice Commander, 53rd Wing, Eglin AFB, Florida.

Brig. Gen. Pye has commanded at the squadron and wing level, served on Headquarters 8th Air Force staff, led joint strategy and operational design teams at U.S. Strategic Command, and served as a National Defense Fellow at Stanford University. Prior to his current assignment, Brig. Gen. Pye commanded the Air Force Inspection Agency, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.

EDUCATION
1994 Bachelors of Science, Political Science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2000 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2004 Master of Business Administration, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.
2005 U.S. Air Force Weapons Instructor Course, 715th Weapons Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
2008 U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2009 U.S. Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2013 National Defense Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University, Calif.
2017 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2018 Ph.D., Military Strategy, U.S. Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. December 1994–December 1995, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance Air Force Base, Okla.
2. March 1996–December 2000, KC-10 Instructor Pilot, Assistant Flight Commander and flight scheduler, 2nd Air Refueling Squadron, McGuire AFB, N.J.
3. January 2001–May 2002, T-38 Stan/Eval & B-2 Training, 394th Combat Training Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
4. May 2002–December 2004, B-2 Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Chief of Scheduling, and Chief Plans/Mobility, 393rd Bomb Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
5. January 2005–June 2005, Student, U.S. Air Force Weapons Instructor Course, 715th Weapons Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
6. July 2005–June 2006, Mission Planning Cell Chief, 509th Operations Support Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
7. July 2006–June 2007, Director of Operations, 509th OSS, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
8. July 2007–June 2008, Student, USAF Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. July 2008–June 2009, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
10. July 2009–July 2010, Chief, Operational Plans & Requirements, 8th Air Force Headquarters, Barksdale AFB, La.
11. July 2010–June 2012, Commander, 13th Bomb Squadron, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
12. July 2012–July 2013, National Defense Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University, Calif.
13. July 2013–July 2014, Team Lead, Commander's Design Team, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
14. July 2014–June 2015, Team Chief, Strategic Engagement Team, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.
15. July 2015–June 2017, Vice Commander, 53rd Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.
16. July 2017–June 2019, Commander, Air Force Inspection Agency, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
17. August 2019–present, Deputy Director of Strategic Plans, Programs, and Requirements, Barksdale AFB, La.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
July 2013–June 2015, Team Lead, Commander’s Design Team (J55) and Team Chief, Strategic Engagement Team (J53), United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, NE, as a lieutenant colonel and colonel respectively.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 3,600 hours
Primary Aircraft Flown: KC-10A, T-38A, B-2A and B-52H
Other Aircraft Flown: B-1B, F-15D, F-16D, HH-60G, E-9, T-37 and QF-4

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with “V” device
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with five oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with oak leaf cluster
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
Air Force Longevity Service with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Training Ribbon

PUBLICATIONS
"Precision Carpet Bombing with the GBU-38," USAF Weapons Review, Issue 1, Vol. LIV, Spring 2006

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 1, 1994
First Lieutenant June 1, 1996
Captain June 1, 1998
Major Aug. 1, 2004
Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 2009
Colonel Oct. 1, 2014
Brigadier General Aug. 20, 2020

(Current as of November. 2020)