Air Force Research Laboratory, Commander, 350 TS

savell croppedLt Col Stephen R. Savell is the commander of the 350th Battlefield Airman Training Squadron (BA TS). The 350th BA TS is the home of all Air Force Battlefield Airman (BA) training. Entry level training for Pararescue (PJ), Combat Control (CCT), Tactical Air Control Party (TACP), and Special Operations Weather (SOWT) is conducted at JBSA Lackland AFB as well as at three geographically separated units, where advanced employment methods (Airborne, Combat Dive, and Military Freefall) are taught. 

Prior to assuming this position, Lt Col Savell was Chief of the Director’s Action Group, Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA). In this role, he led a joint team assigned with special projects in support of over 400 personnel at 14 locations. He coordinated Chairman Joint Chief of Staff (CJCS) controlled activities while advising Combatant Commanders, Service Chiefs, inter-agencies, and multinational partners on strategic activities.  He also developed and managed strategic communication with internal agency programs to maintain core competencies for the JPRA and the CJCS J-7 directorate.

Lt Col Savell received his commission from the United States Navy’s Officer Candidate School in October of 1999 and received an inter-service transfer to the United States Air Force in April of 2003. He graduated from the Combat Rescue Officer Apprentice Course in September 2004 and is credited with being involved in missions that have resulted in over 4,500 lives saved. Lt Col Savell has also led or overseen six reintegrations of 26 personnel returned with honor from isolating events. During his time in service, he has deployed to the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Republic of Georgia, and Qatar. Lt Col Savell is married to Nicole Stevens Savell of Albuquerque, NM.

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