Major General EVAN C. DERTIEN

Major General Evan C. Dertien serves as the Commander, Air Force Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California.  He directs a 31-billion dollar enterprise of more than 18,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel across Edwards AFB, Eglin AFB, and Arnold AFB. The AFTC provides developmental test and evaluation of experimental and research, manned and unmanned air, space, and cyber systems for the military services, DARPA, NASA and international partners, in addition to operating the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School.

General Dertien was commissioned in 1993 from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He served as an operational F-15 pilot and completed three combat deployments prior to graduating from USAF Test Pilot School.  He then served as an F-15, F-16 and F-22 test pilot and was also assigned as an initial cadre instructor pilot for the first operational F-22 unit at Langley AFB, Virginia. General Dertien has served as a Flight Test Squadron Commander, Test Wing Commander and various roles at the Center-level and MAJCOM.

General Dertien is a command pilot with over 3,100 flying hours in a variety of aircraft.

EDUCATION

  • 1993 Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • 1995 Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • 1999 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2002 USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
  • 2005 Master of Aeronautical Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
  • 2006 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, IDE Fellowship, Arlington, Va.
  • 2011 Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy, Eisenhower School, Fort McNair, D.C.
  • 2015 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, Univ of Virginia, Charlottesville
  • 2019 Capstone General and Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Fort McNair, D.C. 

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. November 1993 - December 1994, student pilot, 80th Flying Training Wing, Sheppard AFB, Texas
  2. June 1995 - December 1995, F-15 upgrade training, 1st Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
  3. December 1995 - June 1998, F-15 pilot, 390th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
  4. June 1998 - June 2001, F-15 instructor pilot, 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
  5. June 2001 - June 2002, Student, USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.
  6. June 2002 - August 2003, F-16/F-15 test pilot, 40th Flight Test Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
  7. August 2003 - June 2005, F-22 test pilot, 411th Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, Calif.
  8. June 2005 - July 2006, F-22 instructor/flight examiner, 27th Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
  9. July 2006 - June 2007, DARPA Fellowship IDE, Arlington, Va.
  10. June 2007 - June 2008, Ops Officer, F-22 Combined Test Force, Edwards AFB, Calif.
  11. July 2008 - June 2010, Commander, 40th Flight Test Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
  12. July 2010 - June 2011, student, Eisenhower School, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
  13. July 2011 - March 2012, assignment data masked
  14. March 2012 - July 2012, Commander, 412th Test Wing, Edwards AFB, Calif.
  15. July 2012 - July 2013, assignment data masked
  16. July 2013 - February 2014, Vice Commander, Air Force Test Center, Edwards AFB, Calif.
  17. February 2014 – June 2016, Commander, assignment data masked
  18. July 2016 – May 2017, Vice Commander, Air Force Research Lab, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
  19. May 2017 – July 2019, Commander, 96th Test Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.
  20. July 2019 – Jan 2020, Director, Air, Space & Cyberspace Operations, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  21. Jan 2020 - Jun 2020, Commander, Air Force Research Lab, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  22. Jun 2020 – Jul 2021, Director, Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  23. Jul 2021 – Present, Commander, Air Force Test Center, Edwards AFB, CA

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating: Command Pilot Flight hours: more than 3,100; combat hours: more than 180 Aircraft flown:  F-15, F-22, F-16 and 25 other aircraft MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

  • Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
  • Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
  • Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
  • Aerial Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters

(Current as of July 2021)