Colonel Steven “Scotty” Byrum serves as the Deputy Wing Commander, Travis Air Force Base, California. As Deputy Commander, he assists the commander in directing the combined efforts of all wing operations and support activities associated with the worldwide air mobility mission. The C-5M Super Galaxy, KC-10 Extender, C-17 Globemaster III and KC-46A Pegasus aircraft assigned to Travis AFB participate in airlift and aerial refueling taskings, responding to Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed combat operations and supporting U.S. State Department sponsored humanitarian relief efforts worldwide. He is responsible for ensuring the readiness and well-being of more than 26,100 active duty, Reserve, civilian personnel and their families.

Colonel Byrum is a 2001 graduate of Emory University, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. He commissioned from the Georgia Institute of Technology after earning a Master of Science in International Affairs. He has served in a variety of command and operational assignments, is a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Joint Service Chiefs’ Fellow, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies graduate, and is a distinguished graduate from National War College.

Colonel Steven S. Byrum is a command pilot with over 2,400 hours as a C-17A instructor aircraft commander. He has over 600 hours in combat, supporting Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, ENDURING FREEDOM, and INHERENT RESOLVE. Prior to his current position, Colonel Byrum served as the Deputy Director, Director’s Action Group, Directorate for Logistics (J-4), Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington D.C.


2001 Bachelor of Arts, Emory University, Ga.

2003 Master of Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, Ga.

2003 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

2008 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2013 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

2016 Master of Science in Military Strategy, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2021 Master of Science in National Security Strategy, National War College, Washington D.C.


1.June 2003 - January 2004, Recruiting Officer, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia

2.January 2004 - December 2004, student, Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Florida

3.December 2004 – March 2006, student, Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma

4.March 2006 – July 2011, C-17A Instructor Aircraft Commander, Wing Executive Officer, and Pilot FlightCommander, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

5.July 2011 – October 2012, Plans and Strategy Flight Commander, Phoenix Mobility Officer, 15th Air MobilityOperations Squadron, Travis AFB, California

6.October 2012 – July 2014, Chief, Wing Readiness, Assistant Director of Operations and Phoenix Mobility Officer,573 Global Support Squadron, Travis AFB, California

7.July 2014 – July 2015, Air Force Strategic Policy Fellow, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Chiefof Staff of the Air Force’s Strategic Studies Group, Washington D.C.

8.July 2015 – June 2016, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Alabama

9.July 2016 – June 2017, Airpower Starategist, Directorate of Strategy, Concepts, and Assessments, HeadquartersAir Force, Pentagon, Washington D.C.

10.August 2017 – June 2018, Inspector General, 305th Air Mobility Wing, JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey

11.June 2018 – June 2020, Commander, 6th Airlift Squadron, JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey

12.July 2020 – June 2021, Student, National War College, Ft. McNaire, Washington, D.C.

13.July 2021 – July 2023, Branch Chief, Strategic Communications; Executive Assistant; and Deputy Director,Director’s Action Group, the Joint Staff, Directorate for Logistics (J4), Pentagon, Washington D.C.

14.July 2023 – Present, Deputy Commander, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, California


Rating: Command Pilot

Flight hours: more than 2,400

Aircraft flown: T-34, T-1, C-17A, KC-46


Defense Superior Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC)

Air Medal (2 OLC)

Air and Space Commendation Medal (1 OLC)

Afghan Campaign Medal (2 Devices)

Iraqi Campaign Medal (3 Devices)

Korean Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal


Second Lieutenant  May 28, 2003

First Lieutenant May 28, 2005

Captain May 28, 2007

Major October 1, 2013

Lieutenant Colonel 1 December, 2016

Colonel 1 April, 2022

(Current as of August 2023)