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Colonel Gary P. Beckett is the Senior Policy Advisor for the Air Force Reserve to the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C. The Reserve Forces Policy Board serves as an independent adviser to the Secretary of Defense, providing advice and recommendations to the Secretary on strategies, policies, and practices designed to improve and enhance the capabilities, efficiency and effectiveness of the seven Reserve components.
Colonel Beckett earned his commission after completing the Air Force ROTC program at Florida State University. He then entered Undergraduate Navigator Training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., followed by the F-15E Basic Course at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. There, he served with multiple fighter squadrons and deployed in support of Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM. Colonel Beckett next attended Air Command and Staff College and later served in various Total Force Integration positions in the Pentagon. After the Pentagon, Colonel Beckett served as a Squadron Commander and then attended Air War College. He then returned to the Pentagon as the Chief, Combat Air Force Integration, responsible for the F-16 Program, valued at $3B. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Chief, Air Force Reserve Futures Integration in the Reserve Plans, Programs, and Requirements Directorate at Headquarters Air Force, Washington, D.C.
Bachelor of Science, Management Information Systems, Florida State University, Tallahassee
Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, SJAFB Campus, N.C.
Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
Naval Strategy and War Seminar, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
Reserve Component National Security Course, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
Student, Undergraduate Navigator Training, NAS Pensacola, Fla.
Student, F-15E Basic Course, 333 FS Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
F-15E Instructor, Chief of Strike, Chief of Plans, 336 FS, SJAFB, N.C.
F-15E Evaluator, Flight Commander, 334 FS, SJAFB, N.C.
F-15E Evaluator, Chief of FTU Operations, 4 TS, SJAFB, N.C.
F-15E Evaluator, Flight Commander, Director of Operations, 307 FS, SJAFB, N.C.
Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Total Force Strategist, Total Force Continuum, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Deputy Division Chief, Reserve Strategy and Planning, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Commander, 350th Recruiting Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Chief, CAF Integration, Reserve Programs & Requirements, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Chief, AFR Futures Integration, Reserve Programs & Requirements, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Senior Policy Advisor for the Air Force Reserve to the Reserve Forces Policy Board, Office of the Secretary of Defense
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air and Space Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air and Space Achievement Medal
Combat Action Medal
Meritorious Unit Award (2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award (1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 Service Star)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Air and Space Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border (1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air and Space Longevity Service Award (4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (1 Hourglass Device and 1 “M” Device)
Air and Space Training Ribbon
(Current as of June 2022)