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Colonel WILLIAM A. SULLIVAN

Colonel William Sullivan is the Commander, 10th Mission Support Group, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He commands a team of nearly 1,900 military, civilian, and contractor Airmen. Colonel Sullivan plans and directs all civil engineering and public works, contracting operations, human resource management and personnel development, logistics/supply chain management, security and law enforcement, force protection and fire response, emergency management, information technology/network operations and communications, lodging and MWR operations in support of 4,000 cadets and a total military community of over 25,000 personnel. Colonel Sullivan manages a $150 million budget and is responsible for a base infrastructure valued at $4.2 billion, encompassing 19,000 acres.  He represents the installation on strategic engagements with city, state and federal municipalities and integrates city and installation development initiatives. 

Colonel Sullivan entered the Air Force upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2000. He served in flight, squadron, wing, major command, center, and deployed J8 financial management positions, earning multiple awards at the squadron, group, MAJCOM, Air Force, and COCOM levels. He deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, including command of an expeditionary special operations support squadron.

Prior to his current position, Colonel Sullivan was the Director, Financial Management & Comptroller, Headquarters Air Force Reserve, Pentagon, District of Columbia.

 

EDUCATION

2000 Bachelor of Science, Management (Spanish Minor), U.S. Air Force Academy

2001  Basic Financial Management Officer Course, Academic Distinction

2004 Squadron Officer School, Top Third Graduate

2007  Master of Science, Human Relations, Univ of Oklahoma, Distinguished Graduate

2008 Financial Management Staff Officer’s Course, Distinguished Graduate

2009  Air Command and Staff College (by correspondence)

2010 Defense Financial Management & Comptroller School

2012  Master of Military Operations and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Distinguished Graduate

2014  Air War College (by correspondence), “Excellent” Graduate

2019  Master of Science, National Security Strategy, National War College, Rocca Counterintelligence Writing Award

 

ASSIGNMENTS

 August 2000 – September 2002, AMRAAM Financial Manager, Joint Air-to-Air SPO, Eglin AFB, FL

September 2002 – May 2003, Assistant Financial Services Officer, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, FL

May 2003 – May 2004, Instructor & Intercollegiate Program Mgr, Air Force Academy Athletic Dpmt, USAFA, CO

May 2004 – March 2006, Executive Officer, Deputy Director of Athletics, Air Force Academy Athletic Dpmt, USAFA, CO

April 2006 – February 2007, Financial Services Officer, 65th Air Base Wing, Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal

August 2006 – January 2007, Acting Squadron Commander & Comptroller, 65th Air Base Wing, Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal

February 2007 – July 2008, Wing Budget Officer, 65th Air Base Wing, Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal

July 2008 – December 2008, Command Budget Analyst, HQ Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Fld, FL

December 2008 – July 2011, Chief, Air Force Budget Operations, HQ Air Force Special Operations Cmd, Hurlburt Fld, FL

August 2011 – June 2012, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL

July 2012 – September 2014, Commander, 27th Special Operations Comptroller Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM

(April – Sept 2014, Commander, 701st Expeditionary Special Operations Support Sqdn, CJSOAC-A, Bagram AB, Afg)

September 2014 – June 2016, Commander, 99th Comptroller Squadron, Nellis AFB, NV

July 2016 – July 2018, Defense Resource Manager, Program and Budget Analysis Division, Directorate of Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C.

August 2018 – June 2019, Student, National War College, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

June 2019 – June 2021, Director, Financial Management & Comptroller, Air Force Reserve, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

June 2021 – Present, Commander, 10th Mission Support Group, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado

 

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS

July 2010 – February 2011, J8 Director & Comptroller, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan, Bagram AB, Afghanistan, as a major

April – September 2014, Commander, 701st Expeditionary Special Operations Support Squadron, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component - Afghanistan, Bagram AB, Afghanistan, as a major

July 2016 – July 2018, Defense Resource Manager, Program and Budget Analysis Division, Directorate of Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant colonel

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Legion of Merit

Bronze Star Medal

Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

2015 Air Force Financial Management & Comptroller of the Year (Maj Gen Frank R. Faykes Award)

2015 Air Combat Command Comptroller Organization of the Year

2015 Air Combat Command Financial Management & Comptroller of the Year

2015 American Society of Military Comptrollers Distinguished Comptroller Award

2012, 2013 AFSOC Financial Management & Comptroller of the Year

2012 SOCOM Outstanding Comptroller

2010 Air Force Outstanding Contribution to Financial Management and Comptroller – Officer

2009, 2010 AFSOC Outstanding Contribution to Air Force Financial Management – Officer

2008 SOCOM Outstanding Financial Management Author

 

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Defense Financial Manager with Acquisition Specialty (CDFM-A)

Department of Defense Financial Management Certification, Level 3 (DFMCP3)

 

EFFECTIVE PROMOTIONS

Second Lieutenant: May 31, 2000

First Lieutenant: May 31, 2002

Captain: May 31, 2004

Major: February 1, 2010

Lt Col: February 1, 2015

Col: January 1, 2021

 

(Current as of Sept 2021)