Katharine R. McGregor STRATEGIC POLICY FELLOW, ASIA-PACIFIC
Major, U. S. Air Force
Areas of Expertise – Strategic Policy, Mobility Operations
Major Katharine R. McGregor joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in June 2016 as an Air Force Strategic Policy Fellow with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. A native of Greenville, North Carolina, she commissioned as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Maj McGregor graduated as a distinguished graduate in 2004 from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. In 2009, she earned her Master of Aeronautical Science Degree in Aeronautical Science and Technology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Her Professional Military Education includes the Air and Space Basic Course, Squadron Officer’s School, the Air Mobility Command High Flight Course, and the Asia-Pacific Orientation Course.
She is a graduate of several specialty courses, including: Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, T-1A Pilot Instructor Training, Water Survival Training, C-17A Pilot Initial Qualification, Arctic Survival Training, C-17 Pilot Checkout, and the Global Ready Aircraft Commander Course.
Prior to her fellowship, Maj McGregor was the Speechwriter to the Commander of Pacific Air Forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Pacific Air Forces is responsible for Air Force activities spread over half the globe in a command that supports 46,000 Airmen serving principally in Japan, Korea, Hawaii, Alaska, and Guam. As Speechwriter, Maj McGregor shaped command priorities and strategies into articulate messages for numerous, diverse audiences, including international and civic leaders. Previously, Maj McGregor was the Chief of Strategic Affairs, where she led the planning, synchronization, and execution of all Headquarters Pacific Air Forces’ key senior leader engagements.
Maj McGregor is a senior pilot with more than 3,000 hours in the T-37B, T-6A, T-1A, and C-17A and over 275 hours of combat time in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN. She has served as a deployed assistant director of operations, mobility operations flight commander, director of staff, pilot training instructor, and group and wing executive officer.