Danny K. Makalena
Lt. Col., U. S. Air Force

Area of Expertise: Logistics, Physical Security Operations, HADR, Japan, Korea

Lt. Col. Danny K. Makalena photoLieutenant Colonel Dan Makalena joined the faculty at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in July 2014 as a U.S. Air Force Military Professor after serving as the Chief, B-52 Weapons System Team, A4/7 Directorate, Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Lt. Col. Makalena holds an AS in Avionic Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force, a BS in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University, and a MAS in Aerospace Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Lt. Col. Makalena is a career aircraft maintainer with over 28 years of service. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1987 as an avionics technician on F-16C/D fighter aircraft. After receiving his commission through Officer Training School, he continued as an aircraft maintenance officer, maintaining a variety of aircraft throughout his career to include the F-15C/D, A-10, F-117, F-22, C-17, C-130E/H1/H3/J, UH-1N, B-2, and B-52H aircraft.

Lt. Col. Makalena has served in multiple commands to include United States Air Forces Europe (USAFE), Tactical Air Command (TAC), Air Training Command (ATC), Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Air Combat Command (ACC), Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), and Pacific Command (PACOM). He has held positions as Flight Commander, Logistics Program Manager, Executive Officer, Logistics Supervisor, Maintenance Operations Officer, Weapon System Team Chief, and Squadron Commander.

Lt. Col. Makalena deployed to Keflavik NAS, Iceland in 2000 as the maintenance lead for 6 F-15C/D fighter aircraft, in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH. He has also deployed to the “Green Zone” in Baghdad, Iraq from October 2007 to April 2008 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. His joint unit provided direct management and oversight of civilian convoys delivering critical supplies by land, rail and air in support of the rebuilding the Iraqi police and military forces.

Lt. Col. Makalena’s military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

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