Maj. Gen. Scott A. Vander Hamm is the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. General Vander Hamm is responsible to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff for formulating policy supporting air, space, irregular warfare, counterproliferation, homeland security, weather and cyber operations. General Vander Hamm determines operational requirements, capabilities, and training necessary to support national security objectives and military strategy.
General Vander Hamm received his commission through Officer Training School in 1986. His background includes both flying and staff assignments and command at the squadron, group, wing, task force, joint functional component, and numbered air force levels. As the 325th Bomb Squadron Commander, he employed the B-2 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and led a team during the initial phases of the operation that destroyed essential leadership and military targets. As the 7th Operations Group Commander, he led his group to combat in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, where the expeditionary group of B-1s and KC-135s he commanded flew more than 900 combat and combat support missions. As the 28th Bomb Wing Commander, his wing supported operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and introduced the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod in combat, 55 days after the first training flight. As 509th Bomb Wing Commander, he directed B-2 strikes in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn that destroyed aircraft and hardened shelters in Libya.