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Col Brad E. Orgeron - 173rd Fighter Wing Vice Commander

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Colonel Brad E. Orgeron is the Vice Commander of the 173d Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field, Oregon. His experience spans a wide variety of air superiority fighter operations and Air Operation Center duties at theater and unit levels. Colonel Orgeron was commissioned in 1999 as a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served in a variety of flying assignments including T­38A/C and F­15C instructor pilot, flight commander, standardization evaluation flight examiner, Director of Operations, and Squadron Command. His staff assignments include Deputy Master Air Attack Plan Chief with the 603rd Air and Space Operations Center Combat Plans Division, Chief of A3 Ballistic Missile Defense for NATO and Military Assistant to the Commander, Headquarters Allied Air Command, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He is a command pilot with over 2,800 flying hours.

EDUCATION
1999 Distinguished graduate, Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
2007 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2011 Master’s degree Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB
2013 Air War College, by correspondence
2019 Air Force Fellow, Center for a New American Security, Washington D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS
November 1999 – November 2000, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus AFB, Miss. December 2000 – May 2001, T­38 Pilot Instructor Training, Randolph AFB, Texas
May 2001 – April 2004, T­38 Instructor Pilot and Executive Officer, Columbus AFB, Miss. May 2004 – May 2005, F­15C Student Upgrade Pilot, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
May 2005 – May 2008, F­15C Mission Commander, 67th Fighter Squadron Unit Deployment Manager and Assistant Chief of Weapons and Tactics, and 18th Operational Support Squadron Chief of Current Fighter Operations, Kadena AB, Japan
June 2008 – July 2010, F­15C Instructor Pilot, Aircrew Flight Equipment Flight Commander, and Training Flight Commander, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
July 2010 – June 2011, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Jul 2011 – June 2012, Senior Offensive Duty Officer, 617th Air and Space Operations Center Combat Operations Division; and Deputy Master Air Attack Plan Chief, 603rd Air and Space Operations Center Combat Plans Division, Ramstein AB, Germany
June 2012 – April 2014, Chief A3 Ballistic Missile Defense and Military Assistant to the Commander, Headquarters Allied Air Command, Ramstein AB, Germany 
April 2014 – July 2014, Student Upgrade Pilot, Kingsley Field, Oregon
August 2014 – April 2015, F­15C Instructor Pilot and 44th Fighter Squadron Director of Staff, Kadena AB, Japan
May 2015 – April 2016, F­15C Standardization Evaluation Flight Examiner and 67th Fighter Squadron Director of Operations, Kadena AB, Japan
April 2016 – April 2017, Commander and F-15C Instructor Pilot, Detachment 2, 56th Operations Group, Kingsley Field, Oregon
April 2017 – June 2018, Commander and F-15C SEFE, 550th Fighter Squadron, Kingsley Field, Oregon
July 2018 – July 2019, AF Fellow, Center for a New American Security, Washington D.C.
August 2019 – Present, 173 FW Vice Wing Commander, Kingsley Field, Oregon

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating:  Command pilot
Flying hours:  More than 2,800, including more than 1,400 in the F­15C/D
Aircraft flown:  T­37, T­38A/C, and F­15C/D

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal  
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster 
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal 
Humanitarian Service Medal
Outstanding Unit Award with silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Special Duty
NATO Non­Article 5 Medal (Operation Unified Protector)

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1999 Distinguished Graduate, United States Air Force Academy
2003 Company Grade Officer of the Year, 50th Flying Training Squadron 
2004 Top Gun, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, Class 04­MB
2005 Distinguished graduate, Top Gun, and Top Academic Award F­15C Basic Course
2005 Francis Gabreski Award, USAF Top Air­to­Air Fighter Pilot, American Fighter Aces Association 
2006 Unit Deployment Manager of the Year, 18th Operations Group
2007 Flight Lead of the Year, 18th Operations Support Squadron 
2007 Top Third Graduate, Squadron Officer School
2008 HQ AETC Well Done Award
2009 Flight Commander of the Year, 325th Operations Support Squadron and 325th Operations Group
2011 Top 15% Graduate, Air Command and Staff College
2011 Honor graduate, Air and Space Operations Center
2017 56th Operations Group Senior Officer Lance P. Sijan Leadership Nominee

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 2, 1999
First Lieutenant    June 2, 2001
Captain   June 2, 2003
Major November 1, 2008
Lieutenant Colonel November 1, 2013
Colonel October, 2019