Marshall named safety director of Langley Air Combat Command
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Col. J. Alan Marshall
Col. J. Alan Marshall
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Col. J. Alan Marshall has recently taken over as the Air Combat Command director of Safety, Langley Air Force Base, Va.

In this role, he is responsible for all mishap prevention programs for the Air Force’s largest major command, which operates more than 1,900 aircraft, 25 wings, 16 bases and more than 200 operating locations worldwide with 130,000-plus active-duty and civilian personnel.

Marshall is a Command pilot with more than 4,300 flight hours, including combat time over Iraq and Afghanistan.

Marshall attended Bradley Central High School in Cleveland, where he was an honor graduate and a starting football and baseball player. He graduated from Cleveland State Community College with an associate’s degree in pre-engineering where he shared honors as top graduate in both the mathematics and physics departments. He graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree from the Air Force Academy in 1987 with honors and a double major in astronautical engineering and mathematics. He holds a master of science degree in applied mathematics from the University of Washington, and a master of aeronautical science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

In 2012, Marshall completed a doctorate in organizational leadership at Regent University, Virginia Beach, Va. He has served in various Air Force assignments, including serving as a U-2 pilot and commander of a U-2 combat flying squadron supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).

He also served in Joint Forces Command, including time on the ground, in Iraq and as the Air Combat Command chief of flight safety.

His major decorations include: the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Medal, and the Aerial Achievement Medal. His major awards include: U-2 Pilot Distinguished Graduate, the 8th Air Force Chief of Safety of the Year, the 8th Air Force Individual Safety Award, and the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Daedalian Exceptional Pilot of the Year Award.

As the senior editor of The Combat Edge Safety Magazine, Marshall won a national Marketing and Communication Platinum Award for his article, “The Greatest Flying Story Never Told” as well as a National Association of Governmental Communicators award for the Best Series of Articles themed “Towards a Culture of Risk Management.”

Marshall is married to Kendra, his wife of 23 years, and they have two boys, Nolan, 8, and Joshua, 7.