Biography - Col (Ret) Steven Hiss

Col(Ret) Steven Hiss

Col (Ret) Steven Hiss is the Director of Student Services and Alumni Engagement at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Immediately prior to his retirement in October 2016, Col Hiss served as Commander, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 890. He commanded a detachment of seven cadre and 150 cadets located at the University of Virginia, Liberty University, James Madison University, and Piedmont Virginia Community College.


Col Hiss was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in 1986 as a Distinguished Graduate of Purdue University’s ROTC program. Following pilot training, he served as a T-38 Instructor Pilot and Wing Executive Officer at Columbus AFB, MS. He transitioned to the B-1B in 1991, serving operational tours at Grand Forks AFB, ND, Ellsworth AFB, SD, Mt. Home AFB, ID, and Dyess AFB, TX. He also served as aide-de-camp to the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Joint Forces Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic. Col Hiss commanded the 436th Training Squadron at Dyess AFB and served as a Deputy Division Chief and Division Chief on the Air Staff. In addition, he served as Vice Commander of the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth AFB, the largest operational B-1B wing in the Air Force. He deployed numerous times in support of Operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. Col Hiss is a command pilot with more than 3,700 flight hours in the B-1B and T-38.


During his time at Purdue, Col Hiss was an active member of Arnold Air Society, serving as the National Commander, Area E Comptroller, and Iven C. Kincheloe, Jr. Squadron Commander. He twice served on the Air Force Association’s National Board of Directors and chaired the AFA’s Junior Officer Advisory Council. He is a recipient of the AFA Medal of Merit.