Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy
22nd Annual Science & Engineering Technology Conference
Mr. Roberto I. Guerrero, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy, Installations, and Environment, Washington, D.C. Mr. Guerrero is responsible for providing oversight and direction for all matters pertaining to the formulation, review, and execution of plans, policies, and programs for the effective and efficient use of the Air Force’s $5 billion Operational Energy Bill in support of its global mission.
Mr. Guerrero earned his commission as an ensign in the Navy through Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1988 and received his wings as a Naval Aviator in 1989. He held assignments in Florida, California, Virginia and Texas, culminating his Navy career in 1999 as an Operations Officer and Flight Instructor in the T-34C. In 2000, Mr. Guerrero was selected for inter-service transfer to the Air Force. He qualified on the E-3 AWACS and held assignments in Oklahoma and Okinawa, Japan, where he commanded the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron. He later served at the Air Force Safety Center as a Division Chief and concluded his military career as the center's Vice Commander. During his military service, he participated in Operations DEEP FREEZE, KOREAN CONTINGENCY, NOBLE EAGLE, and flew 24 combat missions over Afghanistan during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He was a Command Pilot with more than 4,100 flight hours, including more than 350 combat hours.
Mr. Guerrero entered the civil service in 2010 where he served as Deputy Chief of Safety, U.S. Air Force, and Executive Director, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. Following this tour of duty, he was Director of Staff, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, Georgia.
1987 Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering, California Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
1991 Aviation Safety Officer's Course, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
2001 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL by correspondence
2006 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL by correspondence
2007 Chief of Safety Course & Safety Board Presidents Course, Air Force Safety Center, Albuquerque, NM
2011 Air Force Senior Leader Orientation Course, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
2012 AFSO 21 (LEAN/Six Sigma) Air Force Executive Leader Course, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
2018 APEX Department of Defense Senior Executive Orientation Program, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
2020 Defense Energy Certificate Program, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
2020 Advanced Senior Leader Development Seminar, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
2020 Harvard Kennedy School, Leadership Decision-Making (online), Cambridge, MA
2021 Leadership at the Peak, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, CO
1. June 1983-Sept 1984, Student Intern, Safety Office, Western Space & Missile Center, Vandenberg AFB, CA
2. June 1988–March 1989, Student, U.S. Navy Aviator Training (fixed wing), NAS Corpus Christi, TX
3. April 1989–December 1989, Student, U.S. Navy Aviator Training (helicopter), NAS Whiting Field, FL
4. January 1990–December 1992, Pilot, Helicopter Maintenance Quality Assurance Officer, Antarctic Development Squadron 6, NAS Point Mugu, CA
5. January 1993–December 1993, Student, Fleet Replacement Pilot Training, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 12, NAS Norfolk, VA
6. January 1994–December 1996, Mine Countermeasures Pilot, Aviation Safety Officer; Maintenance Quality Assurance Officer; And Safety Department Head, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15, NAS Alameda, CA, and NAS Corpus Christi, TX
7. January 1997–April 2000, Flight Instructor; Operations Officer; Aviation Safety Officer; and Head, Safety Department, Training Squadron 28, NAS Corpus Christi, TX
8. May 2000–March 2003, E-3B/C Pilot, Flight Commander; and Assistant Director of Operations, 965th Airborne Air Control Squadron, Tinker AFB, OK
9. April 2003–December 2004, Director of Operations and E-3B/C Instructor/Evaluator Pilot, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan
10. January 2005–April 2007, Commander, 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
11. June 2007–September 2009, Chief, Space Safety Division, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, NM
12. October 2009–March 2010, Chief, Ground Safety Division, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, NM
13. April 2010–September 2010, Vice Commander, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, NM
14. October 2010–August 2012, Deputy Chief of Safety, U.S. Air Force, and Executive Director, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, NM
15. September 2012–June 2014, Director of Staff, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, GA
16. July 2014–June 2015, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
17. July 2015–Present, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Ratings: command pilot, naval aviator flight Flight hours: more than 4,100
Aircraft flown: TH-57, UH-1N, MH-53E, T-34C, E-3B/C
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with gold numeral one and two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Navy Commendation Medal with gold star
Navy Achievement medal with gold star
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device
Antarctica Service Medal
Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award
2013 Seven Seals Award, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
1992 Rescue Aircrew of the Year, Single Action, Naval Helicopter Association