Colonel George Sakaldasis, USAF (Ret), is tasked to assist senior LLNL staff to develop, integrate, prioritize and focus the Laboratory’s national security response to military requirements and to maintain effective interface with senior staff and leadership of the Department of Defense (DOD) nuclear and non-nuclear weapons, counterproliferation, intelligence, information operations, ballistic missile defense, and precision strike programs. He has a further responsibility to act as staff director of the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Strategic Advisory Group’s (SAG) Science, Technology and Transformation Panel (ST&T).
George was born in San Francisco, California. He graduated from San Francisco State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration in 1966. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in 1966 through ROTC. Mr. Sakaldasis earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University in 1975. He completed Squadron Officer School in residence as a distinguished graduate in 1972, the Armed Forces Staff College in residence as a distinguished graduate in 1979, and the Air War College in residence as a Command-Sponsored Research Fellow to the Airpower Research Institute, Air University, in 1986.
George received his navigator wings in 1967 and served as a B-52 Stratofortress navigator/radar navigator. He deployed on two ARC Light tours in direct support of combat operations in Southeast Asia, and flew on 99 combat missions.
During his career, he was also assigned to Headquarters 15th Air Force as Branch Chief of Emergency War Order Plans; Headquarters, United States Air Force as a Strategic Aircraft Programs Officer, and then as Manager of Strategic Bases and Force Beddown; Castle Air Force Base, California as Deputy Commander of the 93rd Combat Support Group; Director of Programs of the Strategic Air Command; Chief of Programs and Requirements of USSTRATCOM; and as CINCSTRATCOM’s Representative to the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Weapons Program and the National Security Laboratories. He retired from the U.S. Air Force and joined LLNL in 1996.