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Lieutenant General Jay B. Silveria


Headquarters Air Force Academy

Lieutenant General Jay B. Silveria
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(719) 333-7731



Lieutenant General Jay Silveria is the Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As Superintendent he serves as both a college president and military commander for the Academy, directing a four-year program of undergraduate education, military training, athletics, and character development. Graduates earn a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

General Silveria grew up in an Air Force family and is a 1985 graduate of the Academy he now leads. He has commanded a fighter squadron, an air and space operations center, a fighter wing, and the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center. Prior to becoming Superintendent, he was the Deputy Commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command and Deputy Commander of Central Command's Combined Air Force Component, responsible for command and control of air operations over a 20-nation area in Central and Southwest Asia. As a command pilot with more than 3,900 flight hours in a variety of aircraft, he has flown combat missions in the F-15E, served in combat roles in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan, and was the first general officer to qualify to fly the F-35A.

At the United States Air Force Academy, General Silveria guides a leadership team, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the institution’s enduring core values while embracing the energy of change and innovation of this rising generation. As a central priority of his leadership, all who live, work, learn and serve at the Academy will treat one another with dignity and respect, so that the character traits fostered in its developing leaders will shape the future culture of the United States Air Force.


2017 The Harvard Seminar for New Presidents, Harvard Graduate School of Education (2017)

Senior Executive Fellow, Harvard University (2009)

National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair (2005)

Master of Social Science, Syracuse University (1997)

Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB (1996)

Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base (1992)

Bachelor of Science, U.S. Air Force Academy (1985)

Professional Experience

Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy (2017-Present)

Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command; Deputy Commander, Combined Air Force Component, U.S. Central Command (2016-2017)

Commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis AFB (2014-2016)

Vice Commander, 14th Air Force, Air Forces Strategic, Vandenberg AFB (2013-2014)

Director, Security Assistance in the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq (2012-2013)

Inspector General, Headquarters ACC, Langley AFB (2010-2012)

Commander, 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath (2008-2010)

Special assistant to the Commander, U.S. European Command, SHAPE (2007-2008)

Vice Commander, 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath (2006-2007)

Commander, 32nd Air and Space Operations Center, Ramstein Air Base (2005-2006)

Student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair (2004-2005)

Director of Operations, 48th Operations Support Squadron; Commander, 492nd Fighter Squadron; Deputy Commander, 48th Mission Support Group, RAF Lakenheath (2000-2004)

Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB (1999-2000)

Aide-de-camp, to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander, U.S. European Command, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (1997-1999)

F-15E Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 48th Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath (1995-1997)

F-15E instructor pilot, 334th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB (1991-1995)

Student, F-15E Replacement Training Unit, 550th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Luke AFB (1990-1991)

T-37 instructor pilot, 96th Flying Training Squadron, Williams AFB (1987-1998)

Student, undergraduate pilot training, 82nd Student Training Squadron, Williams Air Force Base (1985-1986)

Honors & Awards

Distinguished Service Medal

Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters

Bronze Star Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal

NATO Medal (Former Republic of Yugoslavia)