General Officer Biography



BRIGADIER GENERAL DUKE A. PIRAK

 
Official Photo Brig. Gen. Duke A. Pirak serves as the Deputy Director, Politico-Military Affairs (Africa), Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate, the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. In this capacity, he advises the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on political and security issues in Africa while liaising with the National Security Council, Department of State, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Combatant Commands, and Services in developing and executing U.S. strategy.

A graduate of the University of Washington, Brig. Gen. Pirak was commissioned at the Academy of Military Science in 1996. He has served in multiple worldwide combat and contingency deployments as an F-15C Mission Commander, Instructor Pilot, and Weapons Officer. Prior to this assignment, he was the Deputy Director for Strategy and Plans at U.S. Central Command responsible for Security Cooperation, Strategic Communication, and the Multinational Coordination Center.

Brig. Gen. Pirak is a Top Academic Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Distinguished Graduate of the National War College, and a joint qualified officer. He has commanded at the squadron, group, and wing level in both the Pacific Air Forces and Air Combat Command. Brig. Gen. Pirak has also led a variety of headquarters staff positions, including as the Senior Military Adviser in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, Director of Operations for the Combined Joint Operations Center and Army Forces in Jordan, and Director, Chief of the National Guard Bureau Action Group. He is a command pilot with more than 2,700 flying hours.

EDUCATION
1994 Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, University of Washington, Seattle
2002 U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
2004 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2009 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2011 Aircraft Maintenance and Munitions Officer Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2012 Master of Science, National Security Strategy, National War College, Fort Leslie J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2017 U.S. Air Force Safety and Accident Investigation Board President Course, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
2019 Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Executive Course, Arlington, Va.
2020 National Security Management Course, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, N.Y.
2020 Regional Seminar-Transnational Issues, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington, D.C.
2021 Regional Seminar-Middle East/Southwest Asia, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington, D.C.
2021 Advanced Senior Leader Development Seminar (ASLDS), Warrenton, Va.
2021 Africa Seminar - Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington D.C.
2021 Senior Executives in National and International Security Course, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2021 U.S. Air Force Senior Leader Orientation Course, Arlington, Va.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. November 1996 - December 1997, Student, Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, 80th Flying Training Wing, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
2. January 1998 - March 1998, Student, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, 49th Flying Training Wing, Columbus AFB, Miss.
3. April 1998 - November 1998, Student, F-15 Training, 1st Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
4. December 1998 - December 2001, F-15 Flight Lead, Mission Commander, Instructor Pilot, 123rd Fighter Squadron, Oregon Air National Guard, Portland
5. January 2002 - June 2002, Student, U.S. Air Force Weapons Instructor Course, 433rd Weapons Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
6. July 2002 - February 2005, Weapons Officer, 123rd Fighter Squadron, Oregon ANG, Portland
7. March 2005 - April 2007, Squadron and Wing Training Officer, 123rd Fighter Squadron, Oregon ANG, Portland
8. May 2007 - December 2007, Wing Project Officer, 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon ANG, Portland
9. January 2008 - November 2008, Branch Chief, Combat Forces and Strategic Planning, National Guard Bureau, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
10. December 2008 - September 2009, Chief, Air National Guard Strategic Studies Group, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
11. October 2009 - March 2011, Commander, 142nd Maintenance Squadron, Oregon ANG, Portland
12. April 2011 - July 2011, Director of Strategic Plans and Programs (A8), Oregon ANG, Salem
13. August 2011 - June 2012, Student, National War College, Fort Leslie J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
14. July 2012 - June 2013, Senior Military Adviser to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Development, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
15. July 2013 - December 2014, Commander, 154th Operations Group, Hawaii ANG, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
16. January 2015 - May 2015, Vice Commander, 154th Wing, Hawaii ANG, JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam
17. June 2015 - January 2016, Director of Logistics (A4), Air National Guard Readiness Center, JB Andrews, Md.
18. February 2016 - July 2016, Director of Operations (J3), Combined Joint Operations Center, King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, Amman, Jordan
19. August 2016 - October 2016, Special Assistant to the Commander, Air National Guard Readiness Center, JB Andrews, Md.
20. November 2016 - August 2018, Commander, 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon ANG, Portland
21. September 2018 - May 2019, Director, Chief of the National Guard Bureau Action Group, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
22. May 2019 - June 2019, Special Assistant to the Chief, National Guard Bureau, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
23. July 2019 - June 2021, Deputy Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
24. July 2021 - Present, Deputy Director, Politico-Military Affairs (Africa), Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate (J5), the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 2012 - June 2013, Senior Military Adviser to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Development, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. as a colonel
2. February 2016 - July 2016, Director of Operations (J3), Combined Joint Operations Center, King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center, Amman, Jordan as a colonel
3. September 2018 - May 2019, Director, Chief of the National Guard Bureau Action Group, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. as a colonel
4. July 2019 - June 2021, Deputy Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla. as a brigadier general
5. July 2021 - Present, Deputy Director, Politico-Military Affairs (Africa), Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate (J5), the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. as a brigadier general

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 2,700
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, AT-38B, F-15 A/B/C/D, KC-135R, F-22A

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor and three oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with five oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Sept. 19, 1996
First Lieutenant Sept. 19, 1998
Captain Sept. 28, 2000
Major Oct. 25, 2004
Lieutenant Colonel Jan. 29, 2009
Colonel Jan. 1, 2013
Brigadier General May 15, 2019

 

 

(Current as of November 2021)

 

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