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Deputy Chief of Staff

Colonel Ericka R. Flanigan

Colonel Ericka Flanigan is the Deputy Chief of Staff, United States Strategic Command, at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. She recently served as Director, Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Intelligence Enterprise, and was Vice Commander, 70th ISR Wing at Ft. Meade, Maryland.

While assigned to Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, she commanded the Joint Planning Support Element, enabling warfighting plans at every Combatant Command. Additionally, she served as a Senior Air Force Fellow at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany, and held Squadron Command at Scott Air Force Base.

Col Flanigan is a 2010 graduate of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. While stationed at the Pentagon, Colonel Flanigan specialized as an Air Force intelligence analyst for ballistic missiles and chemical and biological weapons. During this time, she represented Air Force efforts for national-level policy, multiple National Intelligence Estimates, and was briefer to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

Colonel Flanigan was the Wing Intelligence Flight Commander at Charleston Air Force Base, where she commanded intelligence actions for all C-17 operations during the opening days of OIF and ongoing ops in OEF. In 2005 Colonel Flanigan was assigned to headquarters, United States Strategic Command, where she held various positions, executive officer for the Director of Global Operations and served as Aide-de-Camp for the Commander, USSTRATCOM.

As Commander, AMC HQ’s Air Intelligence Squadron at Scott AFB, her squadron performed threat mitigation and prepared all ISR support for over 900 global missions a day. In addition to logistics support to Afghanistan, her squadron contributed significant intelligence for Libyan operations, and logistics exit strategy for Iraq.

As a Senior Air Force Fellow at the George C. Marshall Center, Colonel Flanigan focused her research on strategic implications of European/NATO partnerships and counterterrorism, including interviewing terrorists in Northern Ireland. While at the Marshall Center, she led Regional Security Studies in the Balkans, Central Asian States, as well as direct engagements with the German Ministry of Defense, German Parliament in Berlin and NATO HQ, Brussels.

1995 Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, South Dakota State University
1999 Master of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism, American University, Washington, D.C.
2001 Graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell, AFB, AL
2004 Graduate, Air Command and Staff College (correspondence) 2007 Graduate, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA
2009 Graduate, Air Command and Staff College (in-residence)
2009 Master of Arts degree in Operational Airpower Art and Science, ACSC, Maxwell AFB, AL
2010 Master of Arts degree in Airpower Art and Science, SAASS, Maxwell AFB, AL
2013 Senior Fellowship, George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies, Garmisch Germany.
1. May 1995-Feb 1996, Assistant to the Commander, Detachment 780, South Dakota State University
2. Feb 1996-Oct 1996, Student, Intelligence Officer Training, Goodfellow AFB, TX
3. Oct 1996-Aug 1999, Intelligence Analyst, National Air Intelligence Center, Pentagon, Washington, DC
4. Sept 1999-May 2001, Chief, Combat Intelligence Operations Center, Elmendorf AFB, AK
5. May 2001-Sept 2002, Chief of Protocol, 11th Air Force and 3rd Wing, Elmendorf AFB, AK
6. Sept 2002-Jul 2005, Flight Commander, 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, SC
7. Jul 2005- May 2006, Chief, Global Analysis Center, HQ USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, NE
8. June 2006-April 2007, Sr Watch Officer, J2, HQ USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, NE
9. May 2007 – Mar 2008, Executive Officer, J3 Global Operations, HQ USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, NE
10. Apr 2008-Aug 2008, Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, HQ USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, NE
11. Aug 2008-June 2009, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
12. July 2009-June 2010, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, AL
13. July 2010–July 2012, Commander, Air Intelligence Squadron, Directorate of Intelligence,  Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, IL
14. August 2012–August 2013, Senior Air Force Fellow, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch, Germany
15. August 2013–August 2015, Military Faculty, Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA
16. Aug 2015-Jul 2017, Deputy Commander, Joint Planning Support Element, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, US Transportation Command, Norfolk, VA
17. May–Jul 2017, Commander, Joint Planning Support Element, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, US Transportation Command, Norfolk, VA
18. Jul 2017–Jul 2020, Vice Wing Commander, 70th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing Ft. George G. Meade, MD
19. Jul 2020-May 2023, Director, Nuclear C3 Intelligence Enterprise, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
20. May 2023 – Present, Deputy Chief of Staff, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious with three oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster
AF Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster
AF Organizational Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
NATO Medal

Link: Biography in .pdf

(Current as of August 2023)