Colonel Brenda A. Oppel is the Deputy Branch Chief, Conventional Plans, Nuclear Mission Planning Division, J5 Plans and Policy Directorate, United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. She leads a team of twenty-six military and civilian full spectrum, multi-domain conventional planners responsible for kinetic and non-kinetic effects in support of National and Theater strategic objectives. Her branch supports USSTRATCOM Operational Plans by building executable Integrated Joint Special Technical Operations and Special Access Program targeting packages as well as conducting Advanced Target Development and weaponeering of non-nuclear National-level objectives. Furthermore, she conducts thorough doctrine and document development and is an active member of the Command’s various Boards, Bureaus, Centers, Cells, and Working Groups.
Colonel Oppel graduated from Mississippi State University and was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps in May 1998 as a communications and information officer. Colonel Oppel has held a variety of positions to include squadron commander, deployed detachment commander, flight commander, executive officer, software analyst, intermediate developmental education instructor, and combined-joint communications directorate plans lead. Colonel Oppel has performed deployed communications and information, and cyberspace operations in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, JOINT GUARDIAN, and NEW DAWN.