James (Jim) E. Lotz is the Deputy Director of Public Affairs, Air Force District of Washington, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. In this position, he manages a staff of eight personnel, and assists the Director with planning, conducting and evaluating the command public affairs program for the 2-star AFDW commander. He develops and implements training programs to ensure public affairs readiness, and builds communications strategy, shaping messages and targeting key audiences. He manages command information, plans, news media and community outreach programs. In addition, he is the Air Force Public Affairs lead to the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region during National Special Security Events such as inaugurations, state funerals and contingency response situations.
Prior to this position, Mr. Lotz served as the Chief of Plans for AFDW Public Affairs, where he was responsible for developing and implementing public affairs plans and policy for the headquarters’ Direct Reporting Unit and two supporting wings. He is also responsible for the development and authoring or communication plans and guidance used by 30 public affairs personnel in the Air Force District of Washington command. He serves as the Security and Operation Security Manager, IG team member, and Resource Advisor for the unit. Mr. Lotz was the first Public Affairs civilian to attend Air Command and Staff College in residence and complete his Master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science. He earned other master’s degrees in Human Resource Management and Leadership and Management from Webster University of St. Louis, Mo in 2008. His bachelor’s degree is in Workforce, Education and Development (WED) from the Southern Illinois University in 2006.
In addition to his work as a civil servant, Mr. Lotz served in the United States Air Force from December 1983 to March 2006, first as a Security Specialist then as an Aerial Combat Camera Photojournalist. After retirement he ventured into the private sector where he worked as a Systems Integration Analyst for Science Applications International Corporation in Charleston, S.C. In May 2009, he accepted a position as the Director of Operations with the 1st Combat Camera Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.
1986 Airman Leadership School, Aviano Air Base, Italy
1991 Intermediate Photojournalism Course, Defense Information School, Fort Harrison, Ind.
1999 Military Photojournalism Course, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
2003 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Robin’s Air Force Base, Ga.
2005 Associates of Applied Science, Audio Visual Production, Community College of the Air
Force,Charleston AFB, S.C.
2006 Bachelors of Arts degree – Workforce, Education, and Development, Southern Illinois University, Ill.
2008 Master of Arts degree, Dual degree, Human Resource Development and Management/Leadership,
Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
2011 Public Affairs Qualification Course, Defense Information School, Fort Meade, Md.
2014 Master of Military Operational Art and Science degree, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell
1. May 1982 – July 1982, Student, Air Force Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas
2. July 1982 – September 1982, Student, Security Specialist Technical Training School, Lackland AFB, Texas
3. September 1982 – December 1983, Security Specialist, 89th Missile Security Squadron, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.
4. January 1984 – December 1987, Security Specialist; NCOIC Plans and Programs, 7401st Munitions Support Squadron, Rimini Air Force Detachment, Italy
5. January 1988 – October 1994, NCOIC Base Photography, 1360th Audio Visual Services Sq, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan.
6. November 1994 – February 1996, NCOIC Base Photography, 39th Communications Sq, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey
7. March 1996 – November 1997, Combat Camera Photographic Journeyman, 2nd Combat Camera Sq, March AFB, Calif.
8. November 1997 – June 1998, NCOIC Base Photography and Assistant Visual Information Manager, 20th Communications Sq, Shaw AFB, S.C.
9. July 1998 – April 1999, Student Military Photojournalism Course, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
10. April 1999 – May 2006, NCOIC Flying Operations, 1st Combat Camera Sq, Charleston AFB, S.C.
11. March 2006 – June 2007, Adult Education Computer Instructor, Dorchester II District, Charleston, SC
12. July 2007 – July 2009, Systems Integration Specialist for Science Applications International Corporation, Charleston, S.C.
13. August 2009 – August 2013, Director of Operations, 1st Combat Camera Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
14. August 2013 – June 2014, Air Command Staff College Student, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
15. June 2014 – July 2017, Chief, Plans for Public Affairs, Air Force District of Washington, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
16. July 2017 – Present, Deputy Director for Public Affairs, Air Force District of Washington, Joint Base Andrews, Md.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor device
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with one device
Iraq Campaign Medal with one device
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze star
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with one device