S. Meilinger is a retired US Air Force colonel who served
for thirty years in uniform as a command pilot, staff
officer and educator.
He flew C-130s and HC-130s in both the Europe and Pacific
and was an instructor pilot in Colorado. He also worked in
the Pacific Airlift Control Center while stationed at
Clark AB in the Philippines. During the lead-up to the
Desert Storm air campaign in 1990-91, he served on the Air
Staff in the Pentagon as a planner and was also in charge
of the AF Doctrine program.
He received an MA from the University of Colorado and a
PhD in military history from the University of Michigan.
He was the director of military history and deputy
department head at the Air Force Academy, a professor of
strategy at the US Naval War College, and was Dean of the
School of Advanced Airpower Studies (now the School of
Advanced Air and Space Studies)--the Air Force's only
accredited graduate school for the education of future
Upon retiring from the AF, Meilinger worked as a defense
analyst in the Washington DC area for six years at SAIC
and Northrop Grumman. He has lectured at various military
and civilian venues all over the world, and is the author
of ten books and over a hundred articles dealing with
airpower and military history, operations and theory. His
most recent books are Into the Sun: The Novels of the
US Air Force, and Bomber: The Formation and
Early Development of Strategic Air Command.