Brig. Gen. Christopher S. Sage is the Commander, 332d Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia, where he commands a composite wing that includes a wide array of combat Air Force capabilities including precision strike, aerial refueling, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and combat search and rescue in direct support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. The wing comprises five groups with more than 2300 total force Airmen who operate across three different countries.
Brig. Gen. Sage is originally from Newport News, Virginia, and was commissioned in 1994 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He commanded the 389th Fighter Squadron, the 389th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, the 366th Operations Group and the 4th Fighter Wing. The general’s assignments are a mix of joint, operational, and training tours, culminating in more than 4,400 flight hours. As an operational F-15E fighter pilot, he has over 1,100 combat hours and participated in operations Northern Watch, Deliberate Forge, Allied Force, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He also served as a Naval Flight Instructor while stationed aboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field.
Brig. Gen. Sage is a command pilot with more than 4,400 flying hours.
1994 Bachelor of Science, Social Science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2000 Master of Business Administration, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
2001 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2005 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2008 Master of Arts, National Security and Strategic Studies, College of Nava l Command and Staff College, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2008 Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (SAASS Equivalent), Naval War College, Newport, R.I. 2010 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2012 Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2012 U.S. Air Force Leadership Enhancement Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.
2014 National Defense Fellow, Harvard University, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Cambridge , Mass. 2016 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler School of
Business, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2018 Global Africa Seminar, Area Studies Seminars, Capitol Hill Club, Washington, D.C.
1. December 1994–December 1995, Student, Joint Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese Air Force Base, Texas
2. May 1996–December 1996, F-15E Student Pilot, 334th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
3. January 1996–March 2000, F-15E Instructor Pilot, Chief of Mission Planning, 492d Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom
4. April 2000–December 2003, T-34C Naval Flight Instructor, Flight Commander and Chief, Standardization/Evaluation and Training, VT-3, Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla.
5. April 2004–July 2007, F-15E Evaluator Pilot, Chief of Scheduling, Assistant Director of Operations, 336th Fighter Squadron; Chief, Wing Exercises and Inspections, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
6. January 2005–July 2007, Presidential Advance Agent, CVAM, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
7. August 2007–September 2008, Student, College of Naval Command and Staff; and Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (SAASS equivalent), Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
8. August 2008–January 2009, Chief, Joint Studies and Analysis Branch, Strategy and Integration Division, A8XS, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va
9. February 2009–March 2010, Assistant Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va
10. June 2010–January 2011, Director of Operations, 389th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
11. January 2011–March 2012, Commander, 389th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
12. March 2012–June 2013, Commander, 366th Operations Group, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
13. July 2013–July 2014, National Defense Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
14. July 2014–June 2016, Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium
15. June 2016–July 2018, Commander, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
16. July 2018–May 2019, Senior Special Assistant to the Commander, U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe
17. May 2019–April 2020, Executive Officer to the Commander, U.S. European Command and the SACEUR
18. May 2020–July 2021, Deputy U.S. Military Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels, Belgium
19. July 2021 –Present, Commander, 332d Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 2014–June 2016, Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, as a colonel
2. July 2018–May 2019, Senior Special Assistant to the Commander, U.S. European Command and the SACEUR, SHAPE, Belgium, as a colonel
3. May 2019–April 2020, Executive Officer to the Commander, U.S. European Command and the SACEUR, SHAPE, Belgium, as a colonel
4. May 2020–present, Deputy U.S. Military Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels, Belgium, as a brigadier general
Rating: command pilot
Flight Hours: more than 4,400
Combat Hours: 1,116
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T -38, AT-38, T-34C and F-15E
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with twelve oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Naval and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Combat Action Medal
Presidential Unit Citation
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with three service stars
Kosovo Campaign Medal with one service star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two service stars
Iraq Campaign Medal with three service stars
NATO Medal with service star
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 1, 1994
First Lieutenant June 1, 1996
Captain June 1, 1998
Major Sept. 1, 2004
Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 2008
Colonel July 1, 2012
Brigadier General Aug. 2, 2020
(Current as of July 2021)