Steven L. Shinkel

Military Professor National Security Affairs
Col., U.S. Air Force
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Colonel Steve “Scuba” Shinkel joined the NSA Department in July 2017. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1990. He is a Master Navigator, with over 3,200 hours in the KC-135 and has numerous operational flying deployments supporting operations across the Middle East, Europe, and the Pacific regions and served Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) positions. His most recent assignment was as the Chief of Staff for the 9th AETF-A & NATO Air Command-A, Kabul Afghanistan. Col Shinkel served as the AWC’s Chair of the Leadership and Warfighting Department. He is a distinguished graduate of the USAF Weapon’s School and served on faculty. He commanded the 734th AMS, Andersen AFB Guam.

Areas of Expertise

  • A2/AD
  • Aerospace
  • Afghanistan
  • Air Warfare
  • China
  • Joint Operations
  • Leadership
  • Military Planning
  • Operational Warfare
  • Weapon Systems

Professional Highlights


Military Professor, Naval War College

Military Professor in Leadership, National Security Affairs Department.

Chief of Staff, 9th AETF and Nato Air Command-Afghanistan

May 2016-May 2017, Chief of Staff for the 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan (9 AETF-A) and NATO Air Command-Afghanistan (NAC-A), Kabul Afghanistan supporting NATO's Resolute Support Mission and Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

Chair, Leadership and Warfighting Department Air War College (AWC)

Chair, Leadership and Warfighting Department.

Director of Staff, Air War College (AWC) and Military Professor

Director of Staff and Military Professor teaching Leadership and Warfighting courses.

Chief, Strategy Division, HQ AF/NGB-A Staff

Chief of Strategy Division, National Guard Bureau-Air Staff, Headquarters Air Force ,Washington DC. Responsible for developing Air National Guard Strategy to include integration into Air Force Core Function Plans (CFPs) and budgeting issues.

Force Planner/Total Force Integration, NGB-A-Staff

Conducted Total Force Integration planning between Active duty and ANG forces.

Student, Air War College

Air War College Student Maxwell AFB Alabama.

Commander, 734th Air Mobility Squadron (AMS)

Commander of the 734th AMS Andersen AFB, Guam

Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff, USTRANSCOM


Exercise Planner, USTRANSCOM


M.A., Strategic Studies Air University, 2010

M.A., 2005, Military Operational Art and Science

M.S., 2004, Aeronautical and Science Technology

B.S., 1990, Management Information Systems

Awards and Decorations

Distinguished Graduate
2005 Air Command and Staff College

USAF Weapons School
2001 Distinguished Graduate

Air Mobility Command's Flying Navigator Instructor of the Year

External Memberships and Associations

Air Force Association

Airlift Tanker Association

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