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John O.Griffin is the Chief of Staff for Continental United States North American Aerospace Defense Command Region (CONR) - First Air Force (Air Forces Northern).  CONR-1AF (AFNORTH) is a USAF warfighting headquarters and Air Combat Command Numbered Air Force responsible for employing air and space power forces for NORAD and U.S. Northern Command's Homeland Defense and Civil Support missions.  Mr. Griffin is a key advisor and authoritative consultant to senior staff, with  oversight to a portfolio of Homeland Defense, Air Force Support to Civil Authorities and Theater Security Cooperation programs within 1st Air Force and interagency partners.  He serves as the Command Element's senior civilian envoy to military, federal and civilian agencies within federal, state and local communities.

Mr. Griffin has held positions in both the military and civil sector, including 1st Air Force as Executive Director and A5 Deputy Director for Strategic Plans, Policy and International Affairs.  Prior to joining 1st Air Force, Colonel Griffin, USAF, (Retired), served as an officer in the Air National Guard and US Air Force.  His leadership positions include combat tours as a Wing, Operations and Logistics Commander. His 30-year Air Force career includes a variety of aircraft and commands, including 4,500 hours flying fighter, mobility and civil missions.  Mr. Griffin graduated from Clemson University in 1978 and received a Master's Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in 2005.  Colonel Griffin retired in June 2008 as wing commander, 168th Air Refueling Wing, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.

1978 Clemson University, South Carolina
2001 USAF Air War College, seminar
2005 National War College, Fort McNair, Washington D.C.
2006  Director of Mobility Forces (DIRMOB), Scott AFB, IL
2010     Syracuse University, National Security Studies, N.Y.
2012  Canadian Forces College, Strategic Securities Programme, Toronto, CN
2014 AF Civilian Leadership Course, Airlie Center, Warrenton, VA

January 1979 - October 1981, maintenance officer, 55th Aero Rescue & Recovery Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
October 1981 - October 1982, logistics research analyst, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio
October 1982 - November 1983, student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin AFB, Texas
November 1983 - July 1984, pilot, combat crew training, Bergstrom AFB, Texas
July 1984 - November 1986, RF-4C pilot, 38th Tactic Recce Squadron, Zweibrucken Air Base, Germany
November 1986 - September 1989, RF-4C Instructor Pilot, 62nd Tac Recce Training Sqd, Bergstrom AFB, TX
September 1989 - May 1990, Inactive Ready Reserve, Air Reserve Personnel Center
May 1990 - September 1994, RF-4C instructor pilot, 189th Tac Recce Training Squadron, Gowen Field, Idaho
September 1994 - October 1996, F-4G pilot, 190th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Gowen Field, Idaho
October 1996 - May 1997, C-130 pilot and Chief of Safety, 124th Wing, Gowen Field, Idaho
May 1997 - February 1999, commander, 124th Logistics Group, Gowen Field, Idaho
February 1999 - February 2004, commander, 124th Operations Group, Gowen Field, Idaho
February 2004 - July 2004, vice wing commander, 124th Wing, Gowen Field, Idaho
July 2004 - July 2005, student, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
July 2005 - July 2006, vice wing commander, 124th Wing, Gowen Field, Idaho
July 2006 - June 2008, wing commander, 168th Air Refueling Wing, Eielson AFB, Alaska


April 2009 to September 2013, Deputy director, A5/8 Plans and Requirements Directorate, CONR-1AF (AFNORTH), Tyndall AFB, Fla.
September 2013 to August 2014, Senior Executive Director to Commander, CONR-1AF(AFNORTH), Tyndall AFB, FL
Aug 2014 to present, Chief of Staff CONR-1AF(AFNORTH), Tyndall AFB, FL

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: 4,500
Aircraft flown: RF-4C, C-26, F-4G, C-130, A-10, KC-135


Exemplary Civilian Service
Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Award

(Current as of  March 2014)