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Lisa Stephens Disbrow (born September 29, 1962) is the former United States Under Secretary of the Air Force. From January 20 to May 16, 2017, she served as the Acting United States Secretary of the Air Force [1][2] until Heather Wilson assumed the office. Previously, Disbrow served as Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force from January 2015 until she was confirmed by the Senate as the Under Secretary in January 2016. She was also confirmed by the Senate and served as the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller from 2014 to 2016.[3]

Lisa Disbrow
Lisa S. Disbrow, USAF, 2014.JPG
Acting United States Secretary of the Air Force
In office
January 20, 2017 – May 16, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byDeborah Lee James
Succeeded byHeather Wilson
United States Under Secretary of the Air Force
In office
February 24, 2016 – June 30, 2017
Acting: March 30, 2015 – February 24, 2016
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byEric Fanning
Succeeded byMatthew Donovan
Personal details
Lisa Kay Stephens

(1962-09-29) September 29, 1962 (age 57)
Clifton Forge, Virginia, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Virginia (BA)
George Washington University (MA)
National Defense University (MS)

Disbrow graduated from the University of Virginia in 1984 and served as an officer in the United States Air Force working primarily in intelligence. In 1992, after Operation Desert storm, she left active service and continued to serve in the US Air Force Reserve. She continued her intelligence work both in her civilian work as a senior systems engineer for the National Reconnaissance Office and in her AF reserve role.[3]

From 1995 to 2014, Disbrow held a variety of positions on the Joint Staff as a senior civilian, including the Joint Staff Vice Director for Force Structure, Resources and Assessment. While assigned to the Joint Staff, from 2006 to 2007 Disbrow was detailed to the president's National Security Advisor as the special advisor for policy implementation and execution at the White House. She assisted in planning and implementing the National Security Strategy and advised the White House on issues across the federal government.[3]

Her twenty-three years of uniformed service culminated in 2008 when she retired as a colonel from the Air Force Reserve while serving as special assistant to the director of programs, Headquarters Air Force.[3]

Disbrow resigned her position as Under Secretary of the Air Force on June 30, 2017.[4]


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  3. ^ a b c d "Lisa S. Disbrow". United States Air Force.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ Hoffman, Mary-Louise. "Lisa Disbrow: USAF Needs Budget to Modernize Weapons, Increase Force Size". ExecutiveGov. Archived from the original on 15 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Eric Fanning
United States Under Secretary of the Air Force
Succeeded by
Matthew Donovan
Preceded by
Deborah James
United States Secretary of the Air Force

Succeeded by
Heather Wilson