Reserve Component Office (813) 299-2202
7701 Tampa Point Blvd DSN 299-2202
MacDill AFB, FL 33621
Colonel Steven L. Oster
Colonel Steven L. Oster is assigned as the Deputy Director to the Reserve Component (RC) Office, which functions as the principal advisor to the USSOCOM Commander and his staff in the development and implementation of RC polices and programs necessary to accomplish the USSOCOM mission. The RC Office interacts with the Active Components (AC) & RC agencies to validate RC requirements and resources and allocates and executes funds and programming changes to force structure. On the direction of the Secretary of Defense, implements mobilization of RC Special Operations Forces (SOF). As the Senior Air Force Advisor he is responsible for all SOF matters pertaining to the Air Force Reserve (AFR) and the Air National Guard (ANG). He coordinates SOF mission initiatives with the AFR, ANG and Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). He insures Reserve Component (RC) SOF capabilities are available and integrated into SOCOM initiatives that train and equip SOF RC forces and insure those forces are effectively utilized in operations to conduct the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).
Oster entered the Air Force in 1979 and received his commission from Officer Training School at Lackland AFB, Texas. On active duty he served as an instructor radar navigator on B-52D/G’s, and Bomb Wing Offensive Systems Branch Target Study Officer. He entered the Air Force Reserve as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee to Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) in 1990 and performed duties as the J3 Air Operations Officer, and the J5 Chief of Intelligence Plans. In 1994 he transferred to the unit program as a traditional reservist at Duke Field where he has flown the AC-130A Spectre Gunship and MC130H/P Combat Shadow. He became an Air Reserve Technician in 1997 and transitioned to the AGR program in 2004. A Command Navigator and Intelligence Officer with over 4,000 flying hours, he has deployed and flown in or directed combat operations supporting several conflicts and contingencies which included, Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, RESTORE HOPE, UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, JOINT ENDEAVOR, JOINT GUARD, NORTHERN WATCH, and ENDURING FREEDOM. Oster, a native of Ethan, S.D., is married and has two children.
1979 Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/History, Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell, S.D.
1984 Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, Ala. (in residence)
1997 Masters in public administration, Coastal Zone Environmental Management University of West Florida, Pensacola, Fla.
Air Command and Staff College by correspondence, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
Air War College by correspondence, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
March 1980 – June 1981, student, undergraduate navigator, advanced navigator, navigator-bombardier training, Mather AFB, Calif.
June 1981 – March 1982 B-52DN Combat Crew Training, Carswell AFB, Texas; Basic Survival, Fairchild AFB, Wash.; Water Survival Training, Homestead AFB, Fla.
March 1982 – December 1984, B52D Instructor Navigator 60th Bombardment Squadron, Anderson AFB, Guam.
December 1984 – May 1988, Instructor Radar Navigator, 668th Bombardment Squadron; Offensive Systems Branch Target Study Officer 416th Bombardment Wing, Griffiss AFB, N.Y.
September 1990 – April 1994, J3 Operations Directorate Air Operations Division, Special Operations Navigator; J5 Plans Directorate, Intelligence Applications Officer, Operations Research Analyst and Chief Intelligence Plans Division, Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT), MacDill AFB, Fla.
June 1993 – January 1993, Joint Task Force Six (JTF-6) Senior Military Representative and Mission Commander, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Department of Justice, Phoenix Field Division, Phoenix, Ariz.
April 1994 – June 1999, Fire Control Officer AC-130A, 711th Special Operations Squadron; Instructor Navigator MC130N/P, Chief Squadron Navigator and Chief Weapons and Tactics, 5th Special Operations Squadron, Duke Field, Fla.
June 1999 – November 2002, Instructor Navigator, Chief Contingency Operations, 919th Special Operations Wing Reserve Liaison to the 16th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
November 2002 – August 2004, Operations Officer, 919th Operations Support Squadron, Duke Field, Fla.
August 2004 – December 2004, Chief Requirements Division, HQ Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), Robins AFB, Ga
December – Present, Senior Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard Advisor to the Commander HQ United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill AFB, Fla.
Rating: Master Navigator
Flight hours: More than 4,000 hours
Aircraft flown: T-43A, T-37, B-52D/G, C-130E/H, AC-130A, HC-130N/P, MC-130P
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster
AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor and 6 oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Southwest Asia Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
AF Overseas Ribbon Short with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters
AF Longevity Service with three oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 2 “M” Devices
AF Training Ribbon
OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS AND TRAINING:
Outstanding Achiever, Joint Military Intelligence Training Center; National Intelligence Course
Outstanding Performer Award, Dale Carnegie Course
Outstanding Performer Award, Dale Carnegie Sales Course
Outstanding Performer Award, Dale Carnegie Management Seminar
Strategic Air Command Central Flight Instructor Course
HQ AFRC Air Reserve Technician Officer Orientation Course
Joint Military Intelligence Training Center; Counterterrorism Analysis Course
Drug Enforcement Administration US Department of Justice M204/TKO Seminar
USAF Aircrew Life Support Officer Course
USAFR Cascade Training Course (Problem Solving Process & Quality Improvement Process
USAF Special Operations School
Introduction to Special Operations Course
Middle Ease Orientation Course
Aviation in Foreign Internal
Dynamics of International Terrorism Course
Revolutionary Warfare Course
Joint Special Operations University
Terrorism Response Senior Leaders Seminar
Level III Anti Terrorism Course
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS:
Reserve Officers Association (Lifetime Member)
National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration; Pi Alpha Alpha UWF Chapter
Disabled American Veterans (Lifetime Member)
Knights of Columbus (Patriotic Fourth Degree)
Boy Scouts of America (Cub Scout Den Leader)
Board of Directors; Biscayne Point Pine Ranch Home Owners Association
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant March 10, 1980
First Lieutenant March 10, 1982
Captain March 10, 1984
Major March 05, 1993
Lieutenant Colonel March 05, 2000
Colonel August 05, 2004
(Current as of Jul 05)