Maj Gen. Scott M. Hanson is the Commander, Carl A. Spaatz Center for Officer Education, and Commandant, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The Spaatz Center directs, integrates and synchronizes the continuum of Air Force officer professional education, research and outreach that produces leaders for joint and multinational environments. The center includes Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, Squadron Officer College, International Officer School, Education Support Squadron and four distinct Academic Centers. As Air War College Commandant, the general is responsible for the Air Force senior professional military education institution, providing post-graduate senior leader education focused on joint, multinational, multi-agency warfighting, international security operations, airpower strategy development and national security planning.
General Hanson earned his commission in 1984 as a distinguished graduate of Officer Training School (and a 1980 graduate of Luther College). A command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours, the general has previously commanded at the detachment, squadron and wing levels. He flew combat and combat support missions in operations Southern Watch, Restore Hope, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, and served as Commander, 321st Air Expeditionary Wing and Director of the Iraq Training and Advising Mission-Air Force.