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Col. R. Ryan Messer is the Vice Commander, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro, N.C. As the vice commander, he assists the wing commander in the organization, training and deployment of one of the largest fighter wings in the United States Air Force, consisting of nearly 6,000 Airmen and civilians. The wing is also home to the multi-role, all-weather F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft which is assigned to two operational and two training fighter squadrons, flying more than 15,000 sorties and 24,000 hours a year. The 4th FW teams with and provides overall host support for the 916th Air Refueling Wing, an Air Force Reserve Command KC-135R wing with an active duty squadron. The wing's assets total $5.2 billion with an annual operating and maintenance budget of $240 million. Prior to his current assignment, Col. Messer served as the Chief of Staff, Transregional Threats Coordination Cell, J-5Strategy, Plans and Policy Directorate, the Joint Staff.He oversaw 55 staff officers in the development of strategic direction, policy guidance, and planning focus to develop and execute the National Military Strategy. Through the Director, Strategy, Plans and Policy, he enabled the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to provide best military advice to the President, the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council regarding transregional threats and their enabling networks. Col. Messer entered the Air Force after graduating from Louisiana State University and receiving his commission through the ROTC program in 1997.As an F-15E Strike Eagle Weapons Systems Officer, Col Messer has served in a variety of positions, most recently as the 17th Weapons Squadron commander and as Deputy Commandant, USAF Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. He is a Master Navigator with more than 1900 hours and has supported operations Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle, and Iraqi Freedom.
Col. Meyers bio pic. COLONEL A. JOEL MEYERS

Colonel A. Joel Meyers is the commander, 4th Operations Group, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. In this role, he is responsible for organizing, training, equipping, and deploying 94 F-15E aircraft and over 600 officer, enlisted, and civilian personnel in support of combat operations. In addition, Colonel Meyers produces over 90 F-15E pilots and weapon systems officers per year in Air Combat Command’s largest Formal Training Unit.