Erin M. Staine-Pyne

Military Fellow, U.S. Air Force


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Colonel Erin M. Staine-Pyne, U.S. Air Force, most recently served as the senior military advisor to the under secretary of the Air Force. She is a command pilot and graduate of the U.S. Weapons School with more than 3,400 flight hours in mobility aircraft including combat airdrop missions over Afghanistan. Colonel Staine-Pyne has served in staff assignments at the major command, sub–unified command, and combatant command levels. She has commanded both an in–garrison Airlift Squadron as well as a deployed expeditionary squadron for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve. Colonel Staine-Pyne served as the wing commander, 62nd Airlift Wing, at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National Defense University, and a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy.

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