Janet Wolfenbarger was commissioned in 1980 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, a member of the first class to include women. She began her career in acquisition as an engineer at Eglin Air Force Base.
With a masters degree in aeronautical engineering from MIT, she played key roles at all levels in three important Air Force weapons systems. Gen. Wolfenbarger has held several positions in the F-22 System Program Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and served as the F-22 lead program element monitor at the Pentagon. She was the B-2 system program director for the Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. She commanded ASC’s C-17 Systems Group, Mobility Systems Wing. Gen. Wolfenbarger was the service’s director of the Air Force Acquisition Center of Excellence at the Pentagon, then served as director of the Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) Intelligence and Requirements Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
She served as AFMC vice commander from December 2009 to September 2011. Gen. Wolfenbarger was then the military deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon.
Gen. Wolfenbarger shaped the U.S. Air Force’s acquisition processes during her multiple assignments at the Pentagon and Wright Patterson Air Force Base. She led the AFMC’s transformation efforts and streamlined the organizational structure. Gen. Wolfenbarger’s military career culminated as the AFMC commander, where she was responsible for more than 80,000 members and a $60 billion budget to provide critical warfighter support through weapons systems management, test and evaluation, depot maintenance, and supply chain management. She retired on July 1, 2015.