Chris MacAulay

U.S. Air Force


Lieutenant Colonel Christopher MacAulay is a U.S. Air Force Officer and combat veteran currently serving as the Commander, 58th Maintenance Group, 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. In this capacity, he leads over 800 active duty and National Guard airmen, contractors, and civilians to generate CV-22 Osprey, HC-130J Combat King II, MC-130J Commando II, HH-60G Pave Hawk, and UH-1 Huey aircraft in support of training special operations and search and rescue aircrew. He most recently served as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Prior to that, he served at the Office of the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. In this position, he was a principal advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, developing policy and strategy within the Middle East Deputy Directorate, with an emphasis in the Israel, broader Levant, and Iran portfolios. Chris commanded a combined C-130 and EC-130 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron in the Central Command area of operations. He has also led maintenance operations for numerous other aircrafts and is a combat veteran of Operations Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in organizational leadership from Norwich University, a Master of Science in military operational art and science from the Air Command and Staff College, and a Master of Science in the philosophy of military strategy from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. (This bio is current to when the participant joined FDD’s National Security Network.)

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