Col. Rafael D.L. Quezada
Aviation Integration Division and Airfield Operations Officer Career Field Manager
Colonel Rafael D. L. Quezada is the Chief, Aviation Integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for guiding policy, oversight, and integration of AF and DoD aviation into the United States Next Generation Air Transport System (NextGen), and the integration of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) into the national and international airspace. Additionally, he serves as the Career Field Manager for USAF air traffic control (ATC) officers, as well as providing oversight for enlisted airfield management and air traffic controllers.
Colonel Quezada began his career in 1973 as a missile facilities specialist and then cross-trained into the command and control specialist career field. He was commissioned a second lieutenant through the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School in 1984. After basic and advanced Air Traffic Control School, he was assigned to his first of several operational units, mostly overseas.
He has served in a variety of operational and staff positions from squadron to two major commands with duties including standardization and evaluation, training, operations officer, protocol, executive officer and squadron commander. He served in the Pentagon as the executive officer to the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief, Foreign Liaison Division and at HQ Pacific Air Forces as the Chief, International Affairs Division and Political Advisor to the Commander, Pacific Air Forces.
His most recent tour at Yokota Air Base, Japan, he commanded the 374th Mission Support Group with over 2,800 personnel. Colonel Quezada has served three tours of duty in the Pacific and four tours in Europe. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in German and Brazilian Portuguese.
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