Colonel Lambert is a decorated Air Force officer with a 24-year military career in a wide variety of operational flying and command assignments, as well as experience in the national security policy, research, and teaching arenas. Through May 2014, he was the Director of the U.S. Air Force Commanders’ Professional Development School, where he was responsible for preparing over 1,400 senior officers annually for command with an executive-level curriculum spanning a broad range of topics and integrating mentorship from the most senior cadre of Air Force general officers. Previously, he was the Vice Commander of the 86th Airlift Wing headquartered at Ramstein, Germany, where he helped lead an organization comprised of over 10,000 Air Force personnel dispersed across three air bases in Germany, Spain, and Belgium.
Other highlights in his career include an assistant professorship with the Department of Military Strategic Studies at the Air Force Academy, flying special air missions in support of the President and his staff as well as members of Congress during the George W. Bush administration, and serving in a variety of national security policy positions at the Pentagon and in Washington D.C.
Colonel Lambert earned his undergraduate degree in political science from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1990. He is a distinguished graduate from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, where he was awarded an MA in National Security Affairs in 1995. In 2004, he was selected for a research fellowship at the Center for Strategic Intelligence Research (Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington D.C.) and in 2008 he was chosen to be a National Defense Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (Tufts University, Boston).
Colonel Lambert and his wife Laura have four sons. Andrew is a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate (Class of 2014), 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, and is currently attending pilot training. Thomas is a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of 2018). Joshua, a senior in high school, has been awarded an appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (Class of 2019). James is a junior in high school.