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COLONEL A. JOEL MEYERS

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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.

Colonel Meyers entered the Air Force in June 1994 after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Management. He is a graduate of both Undergraduate Navigator as well as Pilot Training and has served as a F-15 instructor pilot in five squadrons. Colonel Meyers has flown in Operations JOINT ENDEAVOR, NORTHERN WATCH, NOBLE EAGLE and ENDURING FREEDOM and has a mix of operational, training, international, and joint tours. While assigned to the J-3 Operations Directorate of the Joint Staff, he served as a briefer for the Secretary of Defense. In 2013, as commander of the 389th Fighter Squadron, he deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, where his squadron conducted combat sorties in Afghanistan and provided combat air power in the Arabian Gulf. Prior to his current position, he was the Chief, Precision Engagement Division, at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

EDUCATION
1994     Bachelor of Science, Business Management, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
2001     Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2007     Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007     Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2010     Master of Arts, Theological Studies, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.
2010     Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2015     Naval War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C.
2015     Master of Arts, National Security and Strategic Studies, Newport, R.I.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 1994 – October 1995, Student Navigator, Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training, 558th Flying Training Squadron, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
2. October 1995 – August 1997, C-141 Navigator, Scheduler, Assistant Chief of Tactics and Executive Officer, 13th Airlift Squadron, McGuire AFB, N.J.
3. August 1997 – January 1999, Student Pilot, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, 8th Flying Training Squadron, Vance AFB, Okla.
4. January 1999 – September 1999, F-15E Student Pilot, 334th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
5. September 1999 – June 2002, F-15E Instructor Pilot, Assistant Chief of Stan/Eval, Assistant Chief of Scheduling and Chief of Air-to-Ground Weapons, 90th Fighter Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
6. June 2002 – January 2003, F-15E Evaluator Pilot, Chief of Wing Stan/Eval, 3d Operations Group, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
7. January 2003 – January 2006, F-15E Evaluator Pilot, Chief of Training, Flight Commander and Assistant Operations Officer, 333d Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
8. January 2006 – November 2006, F-15K Instructor Pilot, Training Specialist, Joint United States Military Affairs Group Korea, Yong San Barracks, Seoul, South Korea
9. November 2006 – December 2007, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
10. December 2007 – December 2009, Operations Officer, Global Force Management, Joint Operations Division,J-3, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
11. December 2009 – December 2010, Wing Chief of Safety, 366th Fighter Wing, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
12. December 2010 – March 2012, Director of Operations, 428th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
13. March 2012 – April 2014, Commander, 389th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
14. July 2014 – July 2015, Student, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
15. July 2015 – May 2018, Chief, Precision Engagement Division, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, St Louis, Mo.16. May 2018 – Present, Commander, 4th Operations Group, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. January 2006 – November 2006, F-15K Instructor Pilot, Training Specialist, Joint United States Military Affairs Group Korea, Yong San Barracks, Seoul, South Korea
2. December 2007 – December 2009, Operations Officer, Global Force Management, Joint Operations Division,J-3, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
3. July 2015 – May 2018, Chief, Precision Engagement Division, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, St Louis, Mo.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: command pilot
Flight Hours: more than 3,100
Aircraft Flown: F-15E, F-15SG, F-15K, A/T-38, T-37, C-141, T-43 and T-41

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
2009 Published in Air and Space Power Journal, Spring Issue 2009

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant          June 1, 1994
First Lieutenant               June 1, 1996
Captain                            June 1, 1998
Major                               Sept. 1, 2004
Lieutenant Colonel          Aug. 1, 2009
Colonel                            Nov. 1, 2015

(Current as of May 2018)