Colonel Wayne Pieringer, (USAF, Ret.) leads international diplomatic networks for van der Becq's clients. He brings 30 years of extensive experience in government, national security, legislative and international affairs. He is a Director-at-Large for the United Nations Association, National Capitol Area. Previously, he served as the Senior Military Advisor and Chief of Staff for Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and was instrumental in establishing a leadership program to build government capacity for Afghanistan’s future leaders. He was a senior Air Force pilot who commanded C-141B aircraft during the Persian Gulf War and other major contingencies and humanitarian operations. He served as the Director of Airlift Operations globally at the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (NY), managing a $300 million budget. He also served as Assistant Country Director for China in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He served in the U.S.-China Business Council, was a Legislative Fellow in the U.S. Senate, and served as a Senior Advisor to Senator Byron Dorgan on defense and trade issues.
Wayne was assigned to the U.S. Air Force’s Legislative Liaison office to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he informed Congress on defense programs, and orchestrated numerous overseas Congressional delegations. He also served as a Senior Advisor to the Inspector General. While serving as Chief of Strategic Plans and Legislative affairs for the U.S. Air Mobility Command, Wayne wrote the white paper “KC-X: The Imperative for a New Tanker” which was instrumental in gaining support for a new aerial refueling tanker for the Air Force. Wayne is an avid traveler and enjoys consulting for a luxury hotel ﬁrm evaluating and ensuring high quality standards at over 500 exclusive properties worldwide. He maintains homes in various US states.
Wayne holds a BA in Social Studies (US Air Force Academy); MA in International Relations and Economics (Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins Univ.) where he was Distinguished Philip Merrill Fellow; Master’s in Strategic Studies (U.S. Air War College); Certificate, Senior Managers in Government Executive Program (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Univ.)
He is conversant in Mandarin.