Tad J. Oelstrom

Tad J. Oelstrom (born February 14, 1943)[1] is a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant General who now serves as the Director of the National Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He also served as the fourteenth Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Tad J. Oelstrom
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Tad J. Oelstrom
Born (1943-02-14) February 14, 1943 (age 78)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1965-2000
RankLieutenant General
Commands heldSuperintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy
Other workDirector of the National Security Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Training and educationEdit

Oelstrom was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1965 and holds a Master of business administration degree from Auburn University, Alabama. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force's Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the U.S. Army War College.

Military careerEdit

Oelstrom attended pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, and went on to advanced training in the F-4 Phantom II. From 1970 to 1971, he was assigned to Da Nang Air Base, South Vietnam. He has served as commander of the 337th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina; commander of the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Bentwaters, England; commander of the 4404th Composite Wing, Dhahran Air Base, Saudi Arabia; commander of the 86th Fighter Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany; and commander of Third Air Force, RAF Mildenhall, England. Oelstrom held staff positions at Tactical Air Command, United States European Command and United States Central Command. He also served as an exchange officer with the British Royal Air Force. He retired from active duty on August 1, 2000.

Oelstrom is a command pilot with more than 4,400 flying hours in aircraft including the T-37, T-38, F-4, A-10, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon and the Hawker Hunter.

Awards and decorationsEdit

Oelstrom's decorations include the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, and the Air Medal with 15 oak leaf clusters.


  1. ^ "Maj. Gen. Tad J. Oelstrom for promotion and assignment. | US Department of Defense | Find Articles at BNET". Findarticles.com. Retrieved 2011-01-13.

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Preceded by
Paul E. Stein
Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy
Succeeded by
John R. Dallager