Colonel John M. McQuade is the Dean of Students, Graduate School of Engineering and Management, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He leads more than 900 joint, international, and civilian students enrolled in graduate engineering and management programs at the school. Col McQuade is responsible for all graduate student matters, supervising 11 personnel in support of student services, registrar, and admissions functions.
Col McQuade holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Virginia Military Institute. He holds a Master of Military Operational Art and Science and a Master of Strategic Studies from Air University. Col McQuade also holds a Doctorate degree in Neuroscience from the University of Cincinnati. He entered the Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1997. He holds Air Force specialty codes as a scientist and acquisitions officer. He has served at the Lab, Group, Joint Base, and Air Staff level. Col McQuade also holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor of Biology at the United States Air Force Academy.
Col McQuade received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Virginia Military Institute in May 1997. He began his career assigned to an Educational Delay program at the University of Cincinnati. His Doctoral program was Neuroscience. He completed his thesis titled, The Involvement of the Dopamine-3 Receptor in the Regulation and Reward of Food Intake in 2002. Col McQuade returned to active duty as Program Manager, Joint Biological Standoff Detection System, Human Systems Program Office, 311th Human Systems Wing, Brooks City-Base, TX. In this assignment he led 8 acquisition professionals in developing a high priority stand-off biological detection capability. While on Brooks City-Base, he was assigned as Chief, Fatigue Neuroscience Team, Air Force Research Lab. In this assignment he directed, and participated in science and technology-focused programs assessing environmental impact on warfighter cognitive and physical performance.
In 2006, he was assigned to United States Air Force Academy, Department of Biology. At USAFA he rose to the rank of Assistant Professor and was Director of Cadet Research for the department. He taught courses in General Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Neurobiology.
In 2007, he deployed to Operations Directorate (CJ-33), Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as Country Desk Officer. He planned, coordinated, and monitored movement of DoD personnel and equipment throughout the Horn of Africa in direct support of mission requirements.
In 2008, he filled a short notice tasking as Deputy Chief, Air Force Forces Assessments, Operational Assessments, 12th Air Force, Davis Monthan Air Force Base, AZ; Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE. Col McQuade played an essential role in standing up the analytic cell, which managed all operational analyses for Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE. He created a transition and forecasting model and tracking tool, which enabled timely multi-national mission transfer during force flow to Haiti.
In 2010 Col McQuade was assigned Lead, Communications, Electronics, and Ammunition Systems Deputy Assistant Secretary (Acquisition Integration) Pentagon. He justified and defended AF $20.8B Other Proc 3080 portfolio to Congress and managed eight simultaneous budget cycles.
Following this assignment he attended Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB.
In 2012 he was assigned Lead, Force Structure Integration Analyst, HQ USAF/A9 Studies & Analyses, Assessments & Lessons Learned. He was the lead analyst for a division providing senior leadership insights into mid- & long-term combat air power effectiveness. He optimized cost & capability for AF CAF/MAF force structures, managed model sustainment, upgrades & interfaces.
In 2014 he was assigned 627th Air Base Group Deputy Commander & Joint Base Deputy Chief of Staff, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. Advisor to Air Base Group Commander & Joint Base Commander/directors for 3,400 Airmen/civilian/Soldiers delivering installation service to DoD's largest Joint Base with $385M O&M budget for $11.5B replacement value.
In 2017 he was assigned Chief, Operations Assessment Team 609th Combined Air and Space Operations Center, Al Udeid, Qatar. He led 15 operations analysts providing combat effectiveness, metrics, and assessments in AFCENT area of operations in support of Op INHERENT RESOLVE, RESOLUTE SUPPORT, and RENEWAL OF HOPE.
Following this assignment he attended Air War College, Maxwell AFB.
2019 M.S., Strategic Studies, Academic Distinction, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2012 M.S., Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2002 Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati, OH
1997 B.S., Biology, Distinguished Graduate, Virginia Military Institute, VA
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Air Force Analysis Team of the Year
USAFA Outstanding Educators Award
Texas AFA Scientist of the Year
1. Major McQuade, JM. Strategic public health concerns resulting from cognitive insult on the modern battlefield and cognitive readiness Air University (US). Air Command and Staff College, 2012.
2. Mery, Laura; Wayner, Matthew (University of Texas, SA) Lieutenant Anderson, Erica; Captain McQuade, John. Characterization of the Effects of Fatigue on the Central Nervous System and Drug Therapies. Human Effectiveness Directorate Biosciences and Protection Division, Air Force Research Labs, 2007. (AFRL-RH-BR-TR-2007-0007)
3. Mery, Laura; Wayner, Matthew (University of Texas, SA) Lieutenant Anderson, Erica; Captain McQuade, John. Characterization of Maze Performance in Adrenalectomized Sleep Disrupted Rats: A Comparison of Radial Arm Maze Performance Between Adrenalectomized and Sham Adrenalectomized Sleep Disrupted Rats. Human Effectiveness Directorate Biosciences and Protection Division, Air Force Research Labs, 2007. (AFRL-RH-BR-TR-2007-0008)
4. Davis JF, McQuade JA, Drazen DL, Woods SC, Seeley RJ, and Benoit SC. Role for dopamine-3 receptor in the hyperphagia of an unanticipated high-fat meal in rats. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2006 Sep: 85(1): 190-7.
5. Whitmore, Jeff; Hickey, Patrick; Doan, Brandon; Harrison, Richard; Kisner, James; Beltran, Thomas; McQuade, John; Fischer, Joseph, and Marks, Frederic. A Double –Blind Placebo-Controlled Investigation of Efficacy of Modafinil for Maintaining Alertness and Performance in Sustained Military Ground Operations. Human Effectiveness Directorate Biosciences and Protection Division, Air Force Research Labs, 2007. (AFRL-HE-BR-TR-2006-0005)
6. McQuade JA, Benoit SC, Woods, SC and Seeley RJ. High-fat diet induced adiposity in mice with targeted disruption of the dopamine-3 receptor gene. Behav Brain Res. 2004 May 5: 151(1-2): 313-9.
7. McQuade JA, Benoit SC, Woods SC, and Seeley RJ. 7-OH-DPAT selectively reduces intake of both chow and high fat diets in different food intake regimens. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2003 Dec;76(3-4):517-23.
8. McQuade JA, Xu M, Woods SC, Seeley RJ, and Benoit SC. Ethanol consumption in mice with a targeted disruption of the dopamine-3 receptor gene. Addict Biol. 2003 Sep;8(3):295-303.
9. Benoit SC, McQuade JA, Clegg DJ, Xu M, Rushing PA, Woods SC, and Seeley RJ. Altered feeding responses in mice with targeted disruption of the dopamine-3 receptor gene. Behav Neurosci. 2003 Feb;117(1):46-54.