Military Service Representative: Director of Air Force Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
Term of Service: 2 Years — Beginning June 2016
Brigadier General Kathleen A. Cook is Director of Air Force Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. Her organization's mission is to increase combat capability and improve productivity through programs promoting readiness, esprit de corps and quality of life for airmen and their families. Her team provides policy and oversight for the $2.7 billion worldwide services program which includes airman fitness, physical fitness centers, peacetime and wartime troop feeding, Air Force mortuary affairs, Armed Forces entertainment, Air Force protocol, lodging, libraries, child development centers, youth centers and a wide spectrum of recreation activities. Her team also provides oversight for uniforms, awards and recognition, airman and family readiness, and other high commander-interest programs that contribute to military force sustainment.
General Cook enlisted in the Air Force in 1982, graduating with honors from basic military training. She served as a trumpet player in the 564th Tactical Air Command Band, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. In July 1987, she was commissioned through the Officer Training School and was then assigned as the Deputy Chief of Public Affairs at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Since that assignment, General Cook has served in multiple public affairs, staff and command positions to include three Pentagon assignments and four command assignments, including command of the 90th Mission Support Group, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming. Prior to her current assignment, she was the Director of Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.