Col. David Perez

Colonel David D. Perez

Director, Joint EP for Advanced Combat, Joint Electromagnetic Preparedness for Advanced Combat

Colonel David D. Perez is the Director, Joint Electromagnetic Preparedness for Advanced Combat (JEPAC), US Strategic Command, Nellis AFB, NV. The unit’s mission is to conduct electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) vulnerability assessments and joint operational testing and evaluation of current and emerging technologies, tactics, techniques, and procedures to enhance combat capabilities across the EMS for air, ground, sea, space, and cyberspace systems.

Colonel Perez was born in Lockney, TX and entered the Air Force in 1996 as a Distinguished Graduate from Texas Tech University Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.

He earned his navigator rating at NAS Pensacola, FL in 1998. Colonel Perez was then assigned to Seymour Johnson AFB, NC and completed the F-15E Basic Course training syllabus. Upon completion he was assigned to the 335th Fighter Squadron where he deployed in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

Colonel Perez was then reassigned to NAS Whidbey Island, WA to transition to the EA-6B. After completing training in the EA-6B Fleet Replacement Squadron, he was assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 134. As a member of VAQ-134, Colonel Perez twice deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan in support of OEF. In 2006, he was awarded the Raven of the Year trophy as the Air Force’s top Electronic Warfare Officer.

Colonel Perez returned to the F-15E and was assigned to the 391st Fighter Squadron at Mountain Home AFB, ID. During this time, Colonel Perez completed two additional deployments to Bagram Airfield in support of OEF. He also earned his F-15E Instructor WSO and Flight Examiner qualifications.

Colonel Perez attended Intermediate Developmental Education at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He completed the Master of Cyber Warfare degree program as a Distinguished Graduate in June 2010. He was assigned to the Combat Operations Division at CAOC Uedem, Germany (NATO) from 2010-2012. He deployed to Poggio Renatico, Italy in support of Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR in 2011.

Colonel Perez was assigned to Eglin AFB, FL in Aug 2012 and served as Director of Operations, 36th Electronic Warfare Squadron prior to taking command of the 513th Electronic Warfare Squadron in May 2014. As Commander of the 513th, Colonel Perez stood up the multi-service, $340M F-35 Reprogramming Laboratory and directed the development, testing, and fielding of the first operational F-35 mission data software for US Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy aircraft while simultaneously leading the effort to establish the F-35 Partner Reprogramming Capability at Eglin AFB, FL. Colonel Perez also served at Deputy Commander, 53 Electronic Warfare Group leading over 850 personnel tasked to develop, test and field operational mission data for the Combat Air Forces.

Colonel Perez is a Master Navigator with over 2200 fighter hours, 893 combat hours and has been awarded the Air Medal with 13 oak leaf clusters. In addition, he has received the Navy and Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon and the Air Force Combat Action Medal.

Colonel Perez is married to the former Rebecca L. Ainslie. They have one son, Patrick.

Speaking: November 29 - "Preparing EMS Superiority"